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Sex, Lies, and 'Fifty Shades': A longform look at the polarizing novel-turned-movie

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As Feb. 13 approaches, Fifty Shades of Grey fans have excitedly rushed to buy advance tickets to showings of the flick. But as Leslie Bennetts explains in our latest longform storythe tale of the innocent Anastasia Steele and dominating Christian Grey has impacted more than just box office salesAccording to Bennetts, the real draw of the series is rooted in what it means to “live life in a female body.”

“Female infidelity is soaring; research shows that women initiate two-thirds of divorces and the majority of marital separations,” she writes. “The entire culture is roiled by evidence of our dissatisfaction with the status quo—and our growing refusal to accept it. Fifty Shades of Grey is ultimately a symptom of that quest, not a verdict on its outcome.”

Read more on the Fifty Shades phenomenon and how it fits into the trajectory of female sexuality here