Is Fifty Shades of Grey for Moms?

I know that a lot of men read this blog, and generally most of the articles apply to men as well as women. This is one that is for the ladies only. Trust me on this. Especially if you are man who knows me, Tricia, the author personally. You want to be able to look me in the eye the next time you see me. You might not be able to if you read further. You have been warned!

50 Fifty Shades of Grey Gray

What Is Fifty Shades of Grey?

I first heard about Fifty Shades of Grey from my Zumba group and was shocked to not be “in the know” about a book! So I immediately started doing some research. The short backstory of the book is that it allegedly began as Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe. Because of that, you will see a lot of similarities between Fifty Shades and Twilight. Anastasia Steele is awkward, naive, and self-conscious. Christian Grey is rich, sophisticated, and “dark” for reasons we will not learn until later. They are thrown together and feel immediate attraction. Christian tries to warn Ana off but she will not listen. Sound familiar?

At that point the story takes a definite shift from Young Adult Fiction into the realm of sex-filled romance novels. More than that, the sex scenes are almost completely “BDSM.” I actually had to Google that. Turns out it means something like “bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism.” Without giving too much away, Christian approaches Ana with a contract (a literal, sign your name on the dotted line kind of contract) that outlines what exactly their relationship will entail. Remember when you were reading Twilight and wished that Bella and Edward would just get on with it? This book grants your wish.

Why Is the Book Called Mommy Porn?

Essentially women are not supposed to like pornography. Even more, we are not supposed to talk about it or be seen with it. “Mommy Porn” is a book that falls into the “Erotica” genre but is acceptable for carrying to soccer games and talking about at book clubs. I don’t think that I would go quite that far with Fifty Shades of Grey. The book does have very graphic sex scenes, but the language is actually pretty mild. With the exception of the “f” word everywhere, the author actually refers to the female anatomy as “down there.” I’m not kidding. Italics and all. The scenes were not any more graphic than those in the Sookie Stackhouse series (the basis of True Blood). There were just a WHOLE LOT more of them. Probably 20% of the book. With a lot of innuendo in between.

Did I Like the Book?

I am incredibly conflicted about this. I would not have picked it up if it had not been getting so much attention. I’m not a romance or erotica reader. On the flip side, I’m not a prude when it comes to talking about sex with my friends. (Hello, Pure Romance parties!) If the book were only about the sex and romance, I think I would have liked it. However, the parts that were about the “Spoiler” section below REALLY upset me. To the point of me being in tears at times. I am still so angry at part of the premise of the book.

Will I read books 2 and 3? Of course. I now feel invested in Ana and Christian’s relationship and I have to see where it goes. However, I will have a hard time believing that a leopard could change his spots just because of the love of a good woman. If the trilogy goes there, I will be very skeptical. Christian may have very good reasons in his past to be as messed up as he is, but a couple of months with Ana isn’t going to all of a sudden change his true nature.

Spoilers Below

Skip this paragraph if you haven’t read the book.

I was almost distraught over the scenes where Christian talks about how he takes genuine pleasure in hurting Ana. I’m not talking about the little paddles but the ones where he admitted that he really got excited by spanking her. When he was doing it the second time toward the end with the belt and she was in obvious pain, I was crying right along with her. I’m not sure that there is anything that Christian could ever do or say to make up for that. It might just be part of my own past rearing its ugly head, but the thought of a man who could take any satisfaction whatsoever in hurting a woman made me want to throw up.

Spoilers over.

Is Fifty Shades of Grey for Moms?

Although moms are getting a lot of attention for reading this book, I think it’s because we are all supposedly full of pent-up sexual desires that we never act out on and need some kind of release for. I don’t think that is really the case. I do think the book is for anyone who enjoys an edgy sex romance but is not too squeamish about anything besides missionary position sex (or “vanilla” as Christian calls it). Will you enjoy it? Maybe, maybe not. It depends how strongly you feel about some of the things that Christian does and whether you think Ana should put up with it.

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Do you have any intention of reading it? I would love to hear your thoughts because I am finding myself very conflicted right now!


  1. Candy says

    Well… I’d read mixed reviews about Fifty Shades, but as it finally knocked Hunger Games off the top spot on the New York Times best seller list, I figured it might be time to actually give the book a shot. Boy I wish I hadn’t. It was poorly written, the characters were so undeveloped you didn’t care what happened to them, and even though this was supposed to be some sort of erotica there was nothing erotic about it. Quite frankly it was so tedious and unimaginative it was laughable.
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  2. says

    Hi, Tricia:

    I have not yet read the book, however I plan to and see for myself if it’s on the strong side or just lots of negative press.

    It’s definitely a super popular book and with the subject matter at hand, I wonder how the film will be handled. (and who will play in it) Lol.

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  3. gabi says

    PLEASE someone explain to me what is there to like…its dreadful and sad…If a Man would treat me like that for sex or anything I would run..why is this girl staying with the creep…because she was a Virgin and thats all she knows…..Anybody who really has a Brain can see right through the Smut….I read the FF, mostly because of the Twilight connection . People write that their Marriage got better because of the Book…Really ??????We live in an overload of Sex , Food ,Cosmetic ,Cars, Dishtowels …everything is being sexed up…so the next step is Bonding and perverted Anal…give me a Break

  4. says

    Wow, I just looked at this when I was looking at books on Kindle today and your description is definitely very different from the one they give in the little “about” blurb on the tiny Kindle screen. I think I’m going to skip this one for now, I was wondering what all the hype was about.
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  5. Holly says

    I am a mom, and I do like the occasional erotica novel. I have only read part of this book so far, and I’ve liked it. I think, from what I’ve read so far, it’s a book for someone open minded, because of the BDSM theme, but it’s mild compared to a lot of books with a similar theme, so it shouldn’t be too shocking. That being said, women who only read Harlequin and the like, will probably not like this book.

  6. Hedy says

    Not a mom..not planning on reading the book either. I believe that anything safe, sane & consensual is fine. That said, while I am hypothetically not opposed to someone getting off on pain, it doesn’t do anything for me-so why read it?

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