Jamie Dornan Speaks About
Fifty Shades of Grey has been a point of controversy for its allegedly misdirected version of BDSM. The film is a love story between a sexually dominant man and his lover. Several BDSM and feminist advocacy groups accuse the movie of promoting sexual violence.
Jamie Dornan, the actor who plays the male lead in Fifty Shades of Grey, spoke out against the criticism. He explained, “I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissive than women. Very powerful men.”
Critics insisted that the film “glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women” by emphasizing the incorrect parts of a BDSM relationship. Last summer, Morality in Media stated that the film promotes “abuse of power, female inequality, coercion, and sexual violence.”
In response to the accusations, Dornan pointed out that the actual message behind the movie is about love. “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect… There’s so much more going on than that.”
To prepare for his role, the actor of Christian Grey visited a real BDSM dungeon in Vancouver and interviewed some of the people there. Jamie described the experience as “an intriguing evening.”
Dornan explained that the BDSM experience for Christian Grey and real BDSM practitioners alike are more about creating contact than pain. “Half the book is about creating contracts. Permission and agreement that this be accomplished. There’s no rape, no forced sexual scenarios,” Dornan commented.
The former Calvin Klein underwear model and his co-star, Dakota Johnson will appear as the leading couple in Fifty Shades of Grey when it arrives in theaters February 13th.