Abuse Charity Using Fifty Shades of Grey as Toilet Paper
A charity in England has decided to use its collection of the bestselling book, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, as toilet paper and composting material.
The charity called for donations of the book after it was revealed that libraries were ordering extra copies to meet the demand. Spokesperson Clare Phillipson said:
I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive, young women and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually.
Originally intending to burn the collected copies on a bonfire on the 5th of November (traditionally Bonfire Night to remember Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament), the charity decided to put the books to a better use in protest of the book’s themes.
My main objection is that at a time when local authorities are making cuts to outreach and refuge services for women experiencing domestic violence, we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public money to buy a book which says: 'domestic violence is sexy'. The money would be better spent supporting victims.
Is this a good use of a bestseller widely panned as a bad book? Well, it’s probably better than just turning wood pulp into momentary bursts of energy.
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