Explaining 'Fifty Shades' How Bondage Solves the Problem of Modern Love

Since its release last year, the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has become a global best-seller. Its success has spawned a debate over whether sadomasochism is demeaning or liberating for women. In an essay for SPIEGEL ONLINE, award-winning sociologist Eva Illouz argues that the book describes an antidote to modern relationships.
The "Fifty Shades" books are flying off the shelves faster than the "Harry Potter" books.

The "Fifty Shades" books are flying off the shelves faster than the "Harry Potter" books.

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