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How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Causing Trouble in UK Courts

In a bizarre turn of events, some killers in the UK are getting reduced sentences by using what lawyers are calling “the Fifty Shades of Grey defence.” A few lawmakers are trying to change that.

 

 

The film adaptation of E. L. James best-selling Fifty Shades series caught some serious flack when it came out for its less-than-stellar portrayal of the BDSM subculture. In particular, critics of the series pointed to its shallow, one-dimensional understanding of consent and safety in BDSM contexts. Now, these concerns about James’ erotic series are having real-word, legal consequences.

 

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Harriet Harman, a member of parliament and former Labour party leader, called for a change in order to stop abusers who kill their partners from dodging murder charges by claiming their partners perished during consensual rough sex.

During a debate in the House of Commons, Harman dubbed this strategy “the Fifty Shades of Grey defence” and said:

It used to be the case that men used to routinely get away with murder and only be charged with manslaughter because they could say that, although they had killed her, it was not his fault, it was her fault because she provoked him. And that was the provocation defence which led to a charge being reduced down from murder to manslaughter.

 

 

Harman argued that defendants using the Fifty Shades defense are essentially doing the same thing in a different way. The precedent in the law is especially chilling because it allows the killer to control the victim’s narrative:

[The victim], of course, is not there to say otherwise. So, in the witness box, [the accused] gives lurid, unchallengeable accounts of her addiction to violent sex, and explains that the bruises that cover her body were what she wanted. The grieving relatives have to listen to his version of her sexual proclivities and see them splashed all over social media and in the newspapers. He has killed her, and then he defines her.

Ms. Harman brought up the example of Natalie Conolly, whose killer was sentenced for manslaughter rather than murder after he testified Conolly had died during “rough sex.” In order to get justice for women like Conolly, Harman argued the law needs to be changed.

 

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Ms. Connolly’s constituency MP Tory Mark Garnier also spoke in support of the Domestic Abuse Bill, back Ms. Harman:

What we can do is we can make sure that somebody who really understands this can make the decision, so in the event of this type of injury and homicide under a domestic abuse setting that the Director of Public Prosecutions is the one that is consulted if a change is going to be made and that way those families get the support…If there’s any way that we can remember her, we have to do something to make sure this can never happen to anybody ever again.

 

 

 

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5 Picturesque Homes That Look like They’re Straight out of a Book

Sometimes I get so engrossed in a book that I forget how long I’ve been sitting in one spot. I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling. Whatever you’re reading is so much more interesting than wherever you actually are that you wish you could dive into your book and live in its world instead.  While that is, regrettably, impossible, here are five real-life houses that will make you feel like you’re in the pages of your favorite novel. 

 

1. The “Harry Potter” or “Hogwarts” House

 

Harry Potter House

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This house in downtown Minneapolis is the result of seven years of renovation by the owner. The interior of the three bedroom and bath home looks like a Hogwarts dormitory or the inside of The Three Broomsticks. Guess it gives new meaning to the phrase “a man’s home is his castle.”

 

2. The Gatsby Mansion

 

Gatsby Mansion

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This mansion served as inspiration for the 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel and exists in the real-life location of the fictional story: Long Island, New York. The 14,551-square-foot house has eighteen bedrooms, a wine cellar, and even a hair salon.

 

3. Chatsworth House, better known as Jane Austen’s Pemberley

 

Chatsworth aka Pemberley

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Although there is some dispute as to whether Chatsworth House or the nearby Wentworth Woodhouse (or both) served as the original inspiration for Pemberley in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, it is mentioned in the novel as one of the places that Elizabeth Bennet visits before she arrives at Mr. Darcy’s residence.  Additionally, Chatsworth was used as Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of the novel.

 

4. Baan Suan Noi, also known as Hobbit House Thailand

 

Hobbit House

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There are actually numerous “hobbit homes” that have cropped up across the world, but you might not expect one to be located just two hours outside of Bangkok, Thailand. It may be smaller than the other locales included on this list, but it is cozy and has all the amenities a modern-day hobbit needs, and it is only thirty minutes away from a national park.

 

5. Escala

 

Escala

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Okay, so this last one is a bit of a departure from the other places on this list, but it is the setting for many of the escapades that take place in E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey series, and it is a real place even if James did get some of the details wrong. The penthouse of the Escala Building is a 6,320-square-foot residence that has three bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen, a library, and many floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Seattle’s skyline. Sorry, there’s no helicopter landing pad on the roof. And no, there’s no playroom either.

 

Feature Image Via Spacecrafting

Houses

5 Picturesque Homes That Look like They're Straight out of a Book

Sometimes I get so engrossed in a book that I forget how long I’ve been sitting in one spot. I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling. Whatever you’re reading is so much more interesting than wherever you actually are that you wish you could dive into your book and live in its world instead.  While that is, regrettably, impossible, here are five real-life houses that will make you feel like you’re in the pages of your favorite novel. 

 

1. The “Harry Potter” or “Hogwarts” House

 

Harry Potter House

Image Via Spacecrafting

 

This house in downtown Minneapolis is the result of seven years of renovation by the owner. The interior of the three bedroom and bath home looks like a Hogwarts dormitory or the inside of The Three Broomsticks. Guess it gives new meaning to the phrase “a man’s home is his castle.”

 

2. The Gatsby Mansion

 

Gatsby Mansion

Image Via InsideHook

 

This mansion served as inspiration for the 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel and exists in the real-life location of the fictional story: Long Island, New York. The 14,551-square-foot house has eighteen bedrooms, a wine cellar, and even a hair salon.

 

3. Chatsworth House, better known as Jane Austen’s Pemberley

 

Chatsworth aka Pemberley

Image Via Chatsworth House

 

Although there is some dispute as to whether Chatsworth House or the nearby Wentworth Woodhouse (or both) served as the original inspiration for Pemberley in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, it is mentioned in the novel as one of the places that Elizabeth Bennet visits before she arrives at Mr. Darcy’s residence.  Additionally, Chatsworth was used as Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of the novel.

 

4. Baan Suan Noi, also known as Hobbit House Thailand

 

Hobbit House

Image Via Nookmag

 

There are actually numerous “hobbit homes” that have cropped up across the world, but you might not expect one to be located just two hours outside of Bangkok, Thailand. It may be smaller than the other locales included on this list, but it is cozy and has all the amenities a modern-day hobbit needs, and it is only thirty minutes away from a national park.

 

5. Escala

 

Escala

Image Via Escala Penthouses

 

Okay, so this last one is a bit of a departure from the other places on this list, but it is the setting for many of the escapades that take place in E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey series, and it is a real place even if James did get some of the details wrong. The penthouse of the Escala Building is a 6,320-square-foot residence that has three bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen, a library, and many floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Seattle’s skyline. Sorry, there’s no helicopter landing pad on the roof. And no, there’s no playroom either.

 

Feature Image Via Spacecrafting