50 Shades of Grey, a series of books and a movie dealing with “deviant” or non-normative sex. And yet, also an internationally top selling book and motion picture box office sensation! We took a group of 23 sex work activists to see 50 Shades of Grey in Cape Town, South Africa. Steve and Steve give a quick rundown on some key lessons learned.
Note: this episode was recorded while Steve and Steve were still in South Africa. Pat will be back next time!
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Show Notes & Links
- The School for Creative Activism action in South Africa
- 50 Shades of Grey:
- translated into 52 Languages
- over 100 Million books sold
- over 500 million dollars at the box office
- The biggest opening night for a movie in South African history
- It was especially popular in the (U.S.) South
- 25% rating from critics on on Rotten Tomatoes
- SWEAT|Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce South Africa
- Bringing Non-Normative Sex to the mainstream
- How to make outsiders into insiders with a guide
- Wrapping non-normative topics within familiar structures
- The Center for Artistic Activism/Sex Worker Rights action in South Africa
- Making a contract
- Maybe radical ideas are not that radical…
Music: The Reigning Sound, “Stick Up for Me” courtesy of the Free Music Archive