Jamie Dornan says he doesn’t think Fifty Shades is misogynistic

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Jamie Dornan might be a little more into spanking and rope-play than he used to be, but he rejects claims that Christian Grey is misogynist, or that Fifty Shades of Grey is an anti-feminist story in the first place. Speaking to Elle UK (in the same interview during which Dornan recently and famously revealed the sex dungeon research he did to better understand his character), Dornan said he understands the concerns of people who feel that way, but that, from his point of view, the movie is about something else altogether:


I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.


Interesting claim–though it’d be too much to ask for supporting evidence. Though he’s certainly right about people loving to get spanked by as many studs as possible. Dornan went on to point out that, for him, the story is rooted in its characters, so understanding the sexual proclivities the story depicts means understanding the people enjoying them:


The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.


Indeed, J-Dor. And, soon, enough, we’ll all be able to see what kind of a job the film did in depicting the novel’s characters. Fifty Shades opens wide on February 13th. Are you excited? Exhausted–yet satisfied–by the anticipation? Bored out of your mind and ready for a good spanking yourself?


(Photo credits: WENN)

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