One Big Reason Why You Probably Won’t Like the New “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie

The recent release of the highly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie has stirred up a lot of conversation—some peo­ple loved how the movie touched on the sex­ual nature of the novel, while oth­ers are dis­ap­pointed with how many details from the book were left out of the film adaptation.

Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t the first best­selling book to be turned into a movie, but every time one of these comes out, peo­ple start com­par­ing the writ­ten ver­sion to the on-screen one. This usu­ally leads to the ques­tion, why read a book when you can watch the movie? It’s an espe­cially hot-button ques­tion when you’re talk­ing about an erotic, sex­u­ally charged story like Fifty Shades of Grey—wouldn’t it be more sat­is­fy­ing to watch the steamy sex scenes than read about them?

Well, accord­ing to some experts, watch­ing erotic sto­ries won’t be as sat­is­fy­ing for women as read­ing about them, at least in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey, because research shows that women pre­fer sex­ual con­tent to be tex­tual, as opposed to visual. Appar­ently it all boils down to evo­lu­tion. In order to evolve, men are said to be hard­wired to spread their seed and prop­a­gate, which means hav­ing as many kids as pos­si­ble. “For a man, all he needs to know is whether the woman is healthy and fer­tile. You can judge that visu­ally,” explains acclaimed neu­ro­sci­en­tist Ogi Ogas. This explains why men are more eas­ily stim­u­lated by visual cues, such as erotic movies like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Women, on the other hand, are inher­ently more metic­u­lous about pick­ing a mate because, bio­log­i­cally, they have fewer oppor­tu­ni­ties than men to bear chil­dren. Accord­ing to this the­ory, women need to know all about a man before decid­ing whether or not he has enough long-term poten­tial to have sex with him. Brain scans have shown that women need more than a visual stim­u­lus in order to be psy­cho­log­i­cally aroused, because a pic­ture doesn’t pro­vide enough detail. “What is he think­ing? Will he be here for the long haul? These are not ques­tions you can get imme­di­ate answers to,” says Ogas, adding that nov­els, in this case the Fifty Shades of Grey book, are bet­ter suited to this inher­ent female thought process.

This the­ory sup­port­ing erotic books over movies is also clearly shown in other chan­nels. For instance, one pop­u­lar porn site tar­get­ing women report­edly only gets about 500,000 vis­its a month, but mil­lions of erotic books are reg­u­larly pur­chased by women. By Feb­ru­ary 2014, books sales of Fifty Shades of Grey alone passed the whop­ping 100-million mark.

Long story short, we’re not say­ing the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is a com­plete waste of time—it has its good points. But there’s a rea­son why a lot of female fans were left dis­ap­pointed after watch­ing it, and it’s a per­fectly log­i­cal one. So if you’re look­ing to really get aroused, you’re prob­a­bly bet­ter off pick­ing up a good book instead of rely­ing on a video.


Dock­ter­man, E., “The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Won’t Arouse You Like the Book Did, Accord­ing to Sci­ence,” TIME web site, Feb­ru­ary 12, 2015;

Lewis, A., “‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sales Hit 100 Mil­lion,” The Hol­ly­wood Reporter web site, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2014; 

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About Isabella

I was never patriotic, so when Independence Day came, the last thing on my mind was to go out and celebrate. I was bored and I was lonely, and though they weren’t my normal crowd, thesse girls were friends and family members who I grew up with. But Diana had her man, Marsha had hers, and my cousin Lisa had her own. I was the only one who was single and my taste was just too high; the kind of men they dated did not appeal to me. I wanted the executive, the entrepreneur. I was 22 and unhappy about my life. I yearned to be in a relationship; I felt I had so much to give a man, and yet I was single. My friends and I waited for cab and I was still second-guessing whether or not I really wanted to go out. While we were waiting, an older looking gentleman driving a blue pick-up truck drove up to us. As he slowed, he said, “Don’t move. I’m coming right back!” He drove off, leaving a trail of his cologne, as he sped away to drop off the construction workers sitting in the back of the truck. Literally moments later, he came back, stopped in front of us, asked us where we were going, and told us to get in. It turns out his name was Keith. After Keith dropped us off, I realized I didn’t want to stay and asked him to take me back to where he picked us up from. He turned, looked at me, and said, “You were the reason why I picked you all up. I wanted to get to know you. So, I’m happy you decided to leave with me.”