By Lavern Nissley
Executive Director, Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley
SO, WHAT IS OUR VIEW ON 50 SHADES OF GREY?
Lots of buzz in recent weeks about the 50 Shades of Grey movie being released tomorrow. Some see it as a step forward in sexual awareness and openness. Others see it as offensive and to be avoided. How do you see it?
Thankfully, America is a country where each person can make his or her own choice. You can see the movie without fear of having your eyes gouged out. I respect (without judging) your choice to view it, if that’s what you’re inclined to do.
However, I rise in support of those expressing concerns over themes in the movie that are incongruent with healthy relationships. One such cause, http://endsexualexploitation.org/fiftyshadesgrey, is quite direct in connecting 50 Shades of Grey with violence against women. See quotations below.
If I were suddenly to become a Christian Grey with any one of them (minus the sex), I can’t imagine our relationship becoming healthier. If anything, I would anticipate strains, fractures and likely, deterioration.
SO, I'M GOING TO VOTE. With my wallet. I’m joining a grassroots movement urging moviegoers to boycott Fifty Shades of Grey and use the money they would spend on tickets, popcorn and drinks ($50) to support a domestic violence shelter or agency.
I’m choosing a local shelter, Safe Harbor, as my expression of support for women to be empowered toward wholeness. If you wish to donate, go to http://safeharborhouse.org/ and click on DONATE.
WILL YOU JOIN ME?
Various electronic and printed posts on marriage and relationships as well as focusing upon MRC mission and vision.