Saturday, 23 April 2016
Conversations Week 2: Is 15 Years Old Too Young to be Reading 50 Shades?
Conversations is a fortnightly meme created by Geraldine @ Corralling Books and Joan @ Fiddler Blue with a basic theme and a topic to follow! This week’s theme is popular issues, and the topic is: Is 15 Years Old too Young to be Reading 50 Shades of Grey?
My answer is a 100% YES! Maybe I can't really have a relevant opinion for this because I haven't read the book, as I am only 16 myself, but I CAN'T IMAGINE anyone younger than at least 17 reading this book. Not only because of the sexual explicitness, but of the deeper problems of abuse and feminism that so many have talked about.
Obviously the sex in this book is something that is definitely NSFW. Children under my age have very limited knowledge of sex ed depending on their life at home, on social media, etc, and a fictional erotic book is not going to help them get anywhere! Perhaps if children are very curious and have questions, then they should go to an educated professional suited for their age group, but this book would just bring up many unnecessary awkward conversations. I'm not trying to say that learning about sex ed. is a bad thing, because I actually find it very important for teens to be educated, I just think that the level of sex ed that 50 Shades provides is too much, too fast.
Elaborating on that point, do you really think that 15 year old's will even understand half the stuff that's going on? It's pretty elaborate and descriptive, and contains themes that I certainly didn't know at 15, and probably am still ignorant about. Like I said before, it's not BAD to be educated, but it's definitely not GOOD in my opinion to be shoving explicit BDSM down a still developing teenager's throat.
I think that in this case, ignorance is bliss. Teenagers will learn when they're ready about harder topics like this, but I feel as if it is uncomfortable for both teen and probably their parents to see their child reading this book.
Now there's the whole themes of domestic/sexual abuse and feminism. Again, I have not read this book, so I don't really know if this book is very abusive, contains rape, or if the girl gave consent, but I have read many articles stating otherwise. I don't think that this book is healthy for any teen to read, as it is a very male-dominated book. What message are we giving to girls, that you should do whatever a hot and rich man tells you to do?
Erotica doesn't interest me and probably never will interest me, and while teens should make their own choices on what they want to read, I personally would like a limit. You may make an argument that if the parents are ok with it, then it should be ok, but I really am curious how many parents are truly ok with it. This isn't meant to be sarcastic, I really am just curious to their reasoning.
I guess it all depends on opinion and the important thing is that we do not call out other people's opinions such as using words like "slut" or "prude", because I see those words come up too often when talking about this book. My opinion is no, but I want to know, is your opinion yes?
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my points? I'd love to know!
Emily @ Paperback Princess