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"Fifty Shades of Grey"

'Fifty Shades' Has Massive Drop In Weekend Two

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fifty Shades of Grey" didn't relinquish control of the box office. Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie D...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Tonight, after an interminable build-up, we finally find out who will take home an Oscar -- and who will be forced to smile gamely when someone else's name is called. My can't-miss prediction: there will be at least two Fifty Shades of Grey jokes. Back in the real world, Walmart, the nation's largest employer, announced plans to hike its minimum wage. As the White House tweeted, "Good to see @Walmart raising wages for about 500,000 employees. Now it's time for Congress to #RaiseTheWage." On a sad note, Oliver Sacks announced that he has terminal cancer. He's taught us so much over the years, and continues to do so now about one of life's most challenging subjects: dying. "I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential," he writes. "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude." Ours, too -- for this vital and timeless lesson.

Fifty Shades of Blush: Why Is It So Hard to Talk To Kids About Sex?

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Deborah M. Roffman

Psychologists tell us that denial is the mind's first defense mechanism against anxiety. So, what exactly, are we so afraid of? And, exactly what kind of harm do we fear?

Fifty Shades of Growth: A Psychotherapist's Invitation to Action

Keri Nola | Posted 04.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Keri Nola

As a sexual health educator and psychotherapist, it may or may not surprise you to know that I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey. I've always been inc...

Christian's Lair: The Sets of Fifty Shades of Grey

Cathy Whitlock | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Whitlock

Erotica, control and curiosity are played out against the glamorous International Style backdrop of Christian Grey's bachelor pad in the E. L. James mega-trilogy turned blockbuster film Fifty Shades of Grey.

Dear BDSM Community: Your Fifty Shades of Complaining Isn't Productive

Cassie Fuller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Cassie Fuller

I'm afraid that readers with a new found interest in kink will be headed down a dangerous path without further education. But, it's precisely for those reasons that while I'll be the first to talk about the problems in the series, you won't see me complaining about the franchise.

Big Changes Ahead For 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.20.2015 | Entertainment

After director Sam Taylor-Johnson made it clear that her relationship with E.L. James was like being on a months-long battlefield, the "Fifty Shades o...

Marriage Confession: Our 50 Shades Are More Frayed Than Grey

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Weddings
Jacqueline Wilson

I haven't felt "sexy" in years. It probably sounds sad to some, but I really haven't missed it. I know it's no one's fault but my own. I can't blame my husband for not making me feel sexy when, in truth, I haven't really wanted to feel sexy.

Why I'm Both Sexually Submissive AND A Feminist

Pamela Madsen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Being held in just the way you need to be by someone stronger than you are in that moment, being told what to do in the safe context of a mutually agreed upon power exchange, is pretty damn intoxicating. That is what Christian was trying to offer Ana.

Six Warnings About the Film Fifty Shades of Grey

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Fans defend the film as providing fun, pure fantasy and a community, but as a couples counselor, sex therapist, and teen advisor for decades, I worry about take-away messages from the movie. Here are my warnings.

What's Pain Got To Do With It?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What are we doing to ourselves? When did the act of warm, caramelly, intimate sex become considered so vanilla, so mundane and outdated, that we're pushed to push the odd items into our orifices, with abandon and to our own bodily harm, just to achieve the sensation of pleasure?

2015: Would Hollywood Be Seduced by Marty?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

By his own account, Marty is "fat and ugly, fat and ugly." To complete the picture, he's a hesitant never-been-married gap-toothed 34-year-old Bronx butcher who still lives with his mother.

How to Know If You're in the Fifty Shades of Grey Stage of Your Life

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Sybil Adelman Sage

If you're more apt to know people in the Obits than any other section of the paper... if you still read the paper... if you need glasses to do it... this is for you.

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

Fifty Shades of Grey and the Sexual (Mis)Education of Boys

Jackson Katz | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Jackson Katz

One of the most important goals of gender violence prevention work is to teach boys and young men that violence is not manly, and abuse is not sexy. To the extent that this movie complicates our efforts, it harms not just women. It also does damage to young heterosexual men.

Drive-In Shows 'SpongeBob' Next To 'Fifty Shades'

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.19.2015 | Weird News

Some families in Concord, California, turned 50 shades of red when they discovered their local drive-in was playing "SpongeBob SquarePants" simultaneo...

'Fifty Shades Of Grey'-Crazed Teens Storm Theater By The Hundreds

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Weird News

A Florida mall had to change its policies after hundreds of teenagers stormed the movie theater because they wanted to see “Fifty Shades of Grey.”...

Fifty Shades of Things People Don't Want to Face (But Should)

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

Control and jealousy form the bedrock of abusive relationships. The fact that Christian Gray may change his ways by the end of the series is truly fantasy, and on that level concerns me even more.

Celebrity Stylist Tips: The Look of Love

Reyne Haines | Posted 04.19.2015 | Style
Reyne Haines

Between Valentine's Day and the debut of "Fifty Shades of Grey" amore is in the air. What better color than red to showcase love and happiness!

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was time to assume the reading-while-commuting position, something foreign to me since I rarely read on subway cars and never while standing up.

Lolo Jones Doesn't Think God Would Approve Of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.18.2015 | Sports

"Fifty Shades of Grey" might have broken box office records, but that doesn't mean God approves of the film. At least according to Lolo Jones. Jon...

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of February 14

Digital Book World | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

The average price of a best-seller jumps up this week on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, from $6.89 to to $8.05.

Fifty Shades of White, and More...

Edward Goldman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Upon entering Shulamit Gallery in Venice, one encounters a subtle, abstract, white on white wall relief by LA artist David Abir. This is another case where it is up to us viewers to count the number of shades of white.

How the Fifty Shades Movie Is Better Than the Book

Em & Lo | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Before the movie came out, we had a list of 10 ways we hoped the movie would improve upon the book. Let's see how it faired below. Then we'll cover the pleasant surprises and less expected disappointments.

'Fifty Shades' and the Art of Seeing

David Edmund Moody | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
David Edmund Moody

Where Fifty Shades generates a somewhat greater level of interest lies in the tension between the modern ethos of female emancipation and the thoroughly submissive sexual role Anastasia is asked to accept.