THE CORROSION OF CHARACTER AT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY *
In order to learn and understand the idea behind the title of this article you must be naked [no pun intended], you must undress literally deleting centuries of suppression and repression, Freudian speaking, moral, ethical, cultural, religious - not exactly in that order - and many other dogmas and (pre)concepts rooted in the deepest abyss and the abyss of the soul.
So, how flexible accumulation is not "news" in the work of Richard Sennett, the theme erotica / porn / sex / masochism / sadism treated in the Fifthy shades of grey is not the "discovery of the new world of sexuality"!
Even before Freud [1856-1939] treat sexuality as a category "life drive" were used and abused by many others: Boccaccio [1313-1375]; Marquis de Sade [1740-1814]; Bocage [1765-1805] and Carlos Drummond de Andrade [1902-1987] stumbled on the way to stone such sexuality! This without downloading the Kama Sutra and life in Pompeii!
Both works whose theme is flexibility. Sennett, like most thinkers today emphasizes flexibility as conditio sine qua non of capitalist accumulation since the end of the Gold Age, stage of economic recovery of Europe and Japan after the Second World War, the rise of the Asian Tigers and return the neoliberal wave.
More than ever the capitalist world which is extremely individualistic, divides people into winners and losers. Rigidity, repetition, routine, long-term accommodation are linked to the past, the old, outdated, obsolete, same as failure, is mass production Fordist / Taylorist. Already flexibility, innovation, creativity, high risk, fluidity, detachment, youth entrepreneurship, are characteristic immediacy of today - and toyotist production and variants embodied in Christian Grey, 27, winner, entrepreneur, creative, innovative, immediate, and billionaire CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc! Mr. Grey is the guy ... of acquisitions and mergers and speculations!
The dominator Mr. Grey is untouchable; his relationships with the opposite sex takes place in a "perverted" through confidentiality agreements and "work," which guarantees that nothing "will stick" on him!
The way to approach a woman is innovative: a service contract short-term (3 months) where he, the Master, has the obligation and duty of taking care (physical, material) and sexually satisfacting a woman leading her to the discovery of her own body pleasure limits in a sadomasochistic employment relationship of total submission, bathed in luxury and wealth restricted to "winners"!
Curiosity, flexibility, risk, search for the new is reflected in the character of Ana, college, middle class C, part-time contributor who falls literally four and loves an interview with the inaccessible Mr. Grey. Graduated in Literature, Miss. Steele fits like glove in the role of sex slave, ops, submissive, which is the same thing!
"Though really, wanna know? I want to explore this world of which I know nothing? (...) I'm sure you want to know how far the depravity of Christian?) Book I. p.143
The changing character of Fordist/ Taylorist production based on mass production, routine, repetition, sameness to flexible accumulation toyotist / and variants agile, flexible, speed, diversity of products can be detected in Fifthy shades of grey on the distinction between "vanilla sex" (routine, traditional) and sex depraved bastard (fast-paced, explosive, full of possibilities kama sutra / Marquis de Sade, insatiable) temperate with a lot of pain! New positions and experimenting in sex, new approach with emphasis and concern for women's pleasure, after all, more than 50% of the economically active population in the world today are women!
"You are mine and I take care of mine," "I can", "because I can", "nobody touches what is mine"!
Ties, masks, handcuffs, sticks, whips, clamps, whips, etc., petrify the relationship between man and woman and strengthen the social role that was always intended women: submitted to man!
If the substitution between modes of production [Fordism / Taylorism to Toyotism / variants] there is a transition phase and same return and resurgence of poor working relationships (outsourcing, slavery, for example) the same phase can be seen in the disruption of the relationship the couple in the book I, in trying to explain, adaptation / transformation / "healing" of perverted sexual behavior of Mr. Grey in book II and the adoption of the mix or rough sex, pervert in variants "acceptable" in Book III.
The boldness and bet high on EL James's curiosity and sense of adventure Ana: "I can do that", "I can live with it" without fear of divine condemnation to hell of Dante! Soft sadomasochism!
The final card, a checkmate comes with marriage proposal, Cartier engagement ring, "hearts and flowers", veil, wreath, honeymoon in Europe aboard Fair Lady and "They lived happily ever after" in a hyper mega mansion plus ecologically sustainable with dog and children corroborating the current moment of flexible accumulation that besides not totally supplant Fordism mix Toyotism / Fordism and many corruptions, ops, variations in the way of produce, distribute and market their wares!
If the real world is possible this character corrupted production wy a traditional relationship, monogamous can not be peppered with an escape from routine experimentation and sadomasochistic?! It's bet E.L. James.
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