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The Black & White of Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: Crystal Renaud

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades of Grey series perpetuates the sexual exploitation of women.

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation states, “The popular series promotes torture as ...

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Your Generosity Makes a Difference!

W3 basic graphicWhole Women Weekend is quite a financial undertaking. But thanks to the generosity of others, we’ve been able to scholarship close to 15 women who could not afford to attend on their own.

Eight of these women include residents of The Samaritan Women, a Christian organization in the Baltimore area providing restorative care to survivors of human trafficking. These precious women will get to hear from Annie Lobert, a human trafficking survivor herself, and learn what it means to be identified by Christ, and not by their past or what has been done to them. Additionally, we are offering a service project during the conference that will directly benefit this organization. 

I want to take just a moment to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this event with a financial gif...

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Christian Grey Belongs in Jail, Not in Your Bedroom

By Crystal Renaud

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie because literally (and that “literally” is not exaggerated) everyone else has and we’ve already discussed the craze here and here. However, after actually viewing the trailers and seeing the hype from the media, I can’t get the following thought out of my mind:

“Christian Grey belongs in jail. Not in your bedroom.”

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Okay, so JAIL may be putting it strongly, but I don’t think I am too far off.

Perhaps it is because I was once the young, mousey girl taken advantage of by an older, stronger man, but the appeal of Christian Grey is totally lost on me...

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