A new study indicates shame and embarrassment are common emotions in the field—composed of more than 90 percent women—simply because romance novels are seen as silly trash for women.
Despite romance novelists’ hard work and dedication to their craft, it seems this negative reputation is here to stay. According to sociologists Jennifer Lois and Joanna Gregson, “The genre is written by women, for women, about women – and that’s where the stigma comes from. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Feb 24, 2015
A 19-year-old male college student cited "Fifty Shades of Grey" when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student.
Mohammad Hossain, a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, appeared dumbfounded when a judge set his bail at $500,000 and sent him back into lockup.
Hossain is otherwise known as a star student, involved in several UIC leadership programs, student ambassador to the alumni association, and on the triathlon team. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 11, 2015
Yesterday, we got to see a preview screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in a room full of screaming fans. We heartily recommend this experience.
The storyline is undoubtedly problematic in many of the ways the book is. But just as when the book became a bestselling women’s erotic novel, we can't help but find it overall positive that a blockbuster movie was made specifically for women’s pleasure. Read More
on Dec 15, 2014
Give the gift of sexual pleasure! Babeland’s popular “In a Box” gift sets contain everything you’ll need to enjoy the activity referenced in the product name. Described as “The best value in a sex toys, ever,” these sets are so fun you’ll want more than one. Read More
BY Bridgette Miller
on Jul 26, 2012
Tonight, Babeland and BUST are pleased to present an evening of sexy fun that spans all fifty shades of grey-- and both U.S. coasts. The super-helpful staff at Babeland are teaching two Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired workshops that will make even the most die-hard Grey-hater swap their eye-rolling groans for some toe-curling moans.
Babeland Seattle will host "Fifty Shades of Hot Sex" tonight at 7:00 pm; attendees will learn how to turn their fantasies into reality (safely!) with kinky toys. Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jul 05, 2012
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve likely heard of the controversial (and best-selling) romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, either through whispers from friends, the media debates about the novel’s BDSM content, or by glimpsing the cover over and over in the hands of women looking for a little fantasy while taking the train to work. Read More
Whether you roll your eyes whenever your mom urges you to “just give it a chance,” or you’ve recently gotten “Christian Grey” tattooed to your left breast, chances are you’ve at least heard of the recent erotic phenomena known as Fifty Shades of Grey. Now that we’ve established the fact that you don’t live under a rock, I think it’s safe to assume you may have heard of Bret Easton Ellis as well, author of such harrowing works as American Psycho, Less Than Zero, and The Rules of Attraction (If not, it’s called Google, people!). Read More
BY Intern Christina
on May 24, 2012
The book Fifty Shades of Grey has been stirring things up as of late, leading many to question whether or not the book is a step in the right direction for female authors. If you haven't heard the hype or read the book, here's a short synopsis. The book follows the life of a fresh college graduate caught up in a BDSM style relationship with the older, sexy Christian Grey. He's a brooding businessman with a bad past, oh, and he wants to dominate her.
The book has been criticized for being cheesy and poorly written, yet praised for being all kinds of steamy. Read More