50 Shades of Grey may have a main character that sends chills up the spines of women, but should there be some sort of disclaimer in the trilogy and upcoming film version?
As more and more women read the erotic novels, there seems to be a spike in those seeking a Christian Grey style relationship -- and many women are turning to online sites in an effort to find their own version of the sexually charged character.
More than 186,000 women have signed up for dating website SeekingArrangement.com looking for someone who can please them as much as the character in the spicy novels.
"Fifty Shades of Grey is a sugar daddy meet sugar baby story based on money, power and sex," Brandon Wade, CEO, said in a statement. "Most women love the Cinderella story where a young and innocent girl is swept off her feet by a rich, powerful and handsome man. This is the reason why hundreds of thousands of women are signing up on SeekingArrangement.com to fulfill their own fantasy."
But is it safe for women to be looking for relationships such as the one portrayed in 50 Shades of Grey? Especially doing so online?
One woman, named "Sarah" (not her real name) said she was in a relationship similar to what Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have and it wasn't fun.
Â"Women need to be cautious of this book. Sex games can go wrong... they can lead to something far more sinister," she explained. "To begin with I found it exciting. But I discovered there's often a dark side to men who get their kicks out of indulging in these types of games. I ended up getting battered by my version of Christian Grey when he realised he couldn't control me outside of the bedroom."
So while it may seem amazing on paper, things could easily get out of hand if it were a real relationship in the real world.
If you're looking for this kind of relationship -- online or elsewhere -- heed Sarah's advice:
"If you want to use frilly handcuffs and have a bit of fun in the bedroom, I think that's fine. But there's a line that can easily be crossed if you're not already in a loving relationship."
Do you think the novels and upcoming 50 Shades of Grey films should have a disclaimer letting readers and viewers know all is not what it seems when portrayed in real life?
Are you looking for your own Christian Grey? If so, tell us why in the comment section below.
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