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

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

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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.   image via the spectator   …

Cyntoia Brown’s Memoir Gets Stunning Cover

Cyntoia Brown’s Memoir Gets Stunning Cover

Cyntoia Brown, a victim of child sex trafficking, whose imprisonment for murdering a forty-three year old man when she was only sixteen inspired a years-long campaign for her release, is publishing her memoir in just a couple months. Her case has had a major impact on laws surrounding sentencing for minors and victims of sex-trafficking. Now, she’s publishing her story in a new memoir she began writing while serving her sentence.   Image via npr https://twitter.com/thejasminebrand/status/1163887939471826946 Brown was sentenced to life-in-prison in 2004 for shooting a 43-year-old sex trafficker in self-defense. According to NPR: Brown was convicted of aggravated robbery and …