(Raw Story) A study conducted at Michigan State University found that young adult women who have read the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely to exhibit symptoms of eating disorders and to have verbally abusive partners than women who haven't read the book.
Furthermore, reported MSU Today this week, women who have read all three books in author E. L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy are more prone to binge drinking and risky sexual behaviors.
The study, which appeared in the Journal of Women's Health, attempted to assess whether a connection exists between unhealthy behaviors in women and an affinity for popular culture — like the Fifty Shades series — that glamorizes and eroticizes violence against women.
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"Fifty Shades — a blockbuster fiction series — depicts pervasive violence against women, perpetuating a broader social narrative that normalizes these types of risks and behaviors in women's lives," said the study's background statement.