50 Shades of Grey and Magic Mike: Disturbing Cultural Markers

The following post is the beginning of a weekly blog series called “Cultural Commentaries” by Family Council Communications Director Josh Mesker.

Pornography has been problematic for modern society ever since Playboy magazine began mainstreaming it for men in 1953. Since then, pornography use and addiction has skyrocketed—especially since the advent of the internet, which has made it much easier to access explicit content discretely. It’s no secret that men are the heaviest users at an alarming rate of 72%, but if the novel 50 Shades of Grey and the movie Magic Mike are any indication, women are now a market to be mined.