5 Reasons Why Mr. Grey Needs to be Spanked
A few short years after the massive success E.L. James enjoyed with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a novel kicking off a trilogy that explores colorful sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission and sadism/masochism, BDSM, the book’s cultural legacy continues. A film translation is due to be released for Valentine’s Day in 2015. The trilogy has sparked a national debate on multiple fronts regarding female sexuality, including commentary from feminists, the BDSM community and others. Dr. Warren Shepell, a psychologist and founder and president of Warren Shepell Consultants Corp., which provided Employee Assistance Program services to more than 2,000 companies and where he counseled couples for more than 25 years before he sold the company in 2005, says plenty of the cultural focus inspired from the book is misplaced. “Much of the commentary I’ve read seems to assume a sexually static role for men, that ‘men will be men’ and there’s really little hope for change, but men are not static; they can experience more than just a basic, primitive satisfaction,” says Shepell, who recently published “A Woman’s Pleasure,” (www.awomanspleasure.com), a novel under the pen name J.F. Kelly, which explores the emotional layers of physical relationships. Shepell outlines some of the ways in which Mr. Grey misses the boat on the richness possible within female sexuality.