"We recognize that the depiction of violence against women in and of itself is not problematic, especially if the depiction attempts to shed serious light on the problem," Bonomi said. "The problem comes when the depiction reinforces the acceptance of the status quo, rather than challenging it."
A previous study led by Bonomi found that Fifty Shades perpetuated the problem of violence against women.
Bonomi’s co-authors on the new study are Julianna Nemeth, Lauren Altenburger, Anastasia Snyder and Irma Dotto from Ohio State University and Melissa Anderson from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
The Fifty Shades series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. A movie adaptation is scheduled for release in early 2015.
Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by Michigan State University via Science Direct.
Journal Reference: Amy Bonomi et al. Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Associated with Health Risks in Adolescent and Young Adult Females.Journal of Women’s Health, August 2014 DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4782.