You know, my sister’s the one who turned me on to Fifty Shades of Grey. She said all her friends were hiding in the basement reading it. Two and a half books later for me and a digital only book turned floor to ceiling in print at Barnes and Noble, I’m sort of wondering if the reason these books are so appealing is because men have become so mushy….but I’ll get back to that.
Bridgeport Theatre Company proudly presents The Music Man! The show opens this Friday, May 4 and runs through May 20 at the Downtown Cabaret. This is the fourth show in BTC’s incredible season and second big musical. This classic super kid friendly musical about a con man turned lover boy is totally fun and loaded with 38 of the finest actors you can find (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Charlotte Shipoopy)! The cast came out today and sang the National Anthem over at the Bluefish game and stole the show…with the exception of course of the Camden Rivershark center fielder that ducked and covered his head after losing a pop fly to the sun…unbelievably funny.
If you were lucky enough to catch one the 9 sold out Hairspray shows, you know nobody does community theatre like BTC. Add in the BYOB and picnic factor at the Cabaret and it’s a perfect get together for friends and family. Tickets are available online at BridgeportTheatre.org and are going fast! The shows run Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm…Makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift. Hope to see you there!
Back to mommy porn. So anyway, when I first started reading Fifty Shades I was in major need of a distraction. My sister said all her friends in Long Island were hooked and sure enough it would keep popping up on Facebook from people I went to Valley Stream South High School with…like even the girl who used to beat everyone up on the bridge. I, being the loving friend that I am, promptly paid it forward and told all my Connecticut friends about it. I mean if my sister can be propagating dirty books then it must now be socially acceptable so why couldn’t I? I even brought it up at the BRBC Women’s Leadership Council presentation I did on “Stress and the Mind Body Soul Connection” as a way to reduce stress and have fun. I saw all fifty pens in that room scribbling to take notes! As a matter of fact, the reviews on that gig came back 92% excellent, 8% good. I’m sure it was related to prescribing Kindle erotica.
One by one, my friends were texting me, emailing me about it, asking to borrow my iPad. If you didn’t know, this book was written originally by a fan of Twilight. It was created fan fiction for online forums that eventually made its way into a three book series only available online for your Kindle or Ibooks. I then started hearing about it on the news. Next thing you know, I walk into the book store the other night and they had all three books in print stacked as high as the eye could see and that’s when it hit me. How on earth could a book about a guy that routinely humiliates and beats the sh-t out of his sex partners be so popular in a world full of crazy women’s libbers? Why would a book about abuse, insecurity and self sacrifice be misconstrued as romantic and a love story? Could it possibly be that men today have become such wussies that we as women are comparing them to the make believe, take charge, controlling, misogynist Christian Grey and actually thinking he looks superior? Weird.
I’m just thinking, it can’t just be so popular because it’s a dirty book. Erotic novels have always been readily available in book stores (not just Penn Station) and online. With that being said, it must be character related. So what are we as women missing from the men in our lives that we are fantasizing about a guy who is only really comfortable with a submissive? My women patients are forever telling me stories about the weasely things their men coworkers and superiors are doing at the office and usually if something “manly” needs to be done they ship in a woman to be the heavy. The men in the waiting room spend endless time bonding over bagels and what a pain in the ass their wives are and often end up in a “top this” sort of scenario.
The thing is, I travel in pretty impressive women circles professionally speaking. The women I’m talking about are not lonely, homebodies who spend all day cataloging their Tupperware. If you’re reading this, it’s likely from your desk, not your couch. VPs, CEOs, Supervisors, Presidents, Lawyers, Doctors, Teachers, the full gamut. One of the things I’ve always said is that being competent as a woman is a curse. We all know someone who couldn’t possibly do what you do but somehow gets ahead. Trust me, if you can screw in a light bulb, chances of Prince Charming volunteering to do it are slim to none. Unless of course you’re at The Backstroke. Being an all woman staff (except for POP but he’s only there on Tuesdays), we have a never ending supply of men who help us with everything and I think it’s because we do our best to help them with everything too.
Maybe the men in our lives could be more testosterone fueled in the boudoir and sure, I could definitely get jiggy with a man of his word but with that being said, I’m not looking for anyone who needs to put someone else down to feel better about them self, no matter how fun the sex sounds. The truth is, Christian Grey is no hero because he’s rich, sexy and aggressive….he’s actually a huge step backwards. And to anyone who wants to argue that it’s so romantic he gave up his dominant ways to please his woman, I’ll tell you that besides the time they are “frolicking” he’s pissed off at her and the only thing that gives him that loving feeling is a glimpse of a BDSM flashback.
Ladies, let’s stop trying to castrate our men and try embracing them as partners. Real men change diapers, do dishes, plunge toilets, change light bulbs, and if you’re really lucky have a firm grip when it counts. Quid pro quo. Ask not what your police man can do for you, ask what can you do for your police man (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Love me for me, I’ll love you for you. That’s what works over at 181 State Street.
ps….don’t forget, come see THE MUSIC MAN!
pps…Congratulations Brandon and Blair on their new baby girl!
There’s a quiet storm
And it never felt like this before
There’s a quiet storm
That is you
There’s a quiet storm
And it never felt this hot before
Giving me something that’s taboo
(Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me)
You give me the sweetest taboo
That’s why I’m in love with you (with you)