=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === Contrary to popular opinion, women don’t read erotic novels like Fifty Shades of Grey for a cheap sexual thrill, according to a new study.
Researchers in Germany wanted to find out the motivations for buying and reading erotic novels, to explain why the genre has been so successful in the last 10 years.
Their survey of more than 400 female erotic novel readers revealed that the genre is generally considered ’emancipated, feminist, and progressive’.
This is even though plots tend to promote the image of ‘a perpetually young and beautiful woman’ who strongly depends on men, despite her talents or professional success.
The study participants were mostly familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, published in 2011.
The worldwide bestseller is famous for its depictions of sexual practices involving BDSM and sadomasochism – but it’s been criticised for bad writing and perpetuating violence against women.