A good reminder that correlation does not imply causation.
Mind you I do believe that some of the behaviours displayed by Mr. Grey do constitute abuse. All of the sex is consensual and non-abusive, but he is definitely emotionally abusive and excessively controlling.
Recently, Salon reported on a study in the Journal of Women’s Health that found young adult women (ages 18-24) who had read Fifty Shades of Grey to be “more likely than non-readers to exhibit signs of eating disorders and to have relationships with verbally abusive partners.” They are also “at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners.” Multiple sex partners! Young adult women? Well, gee, I never!
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