Be Prepared for a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Baby Boom
Christian Grey is revamping sex lives—and possibly helping women get pregnant.
If we see an increased birth rate in the coming months, it may just be thanks to a book.
Linda Murray, editor of parenting website Baby Center, recently appeared on Good Morning America (GMA) to talk about the "mommy porn" revolution. She claims that Fifty Shades of Grey is making women have sex more, and, consequently, causing more pregnancies.
"Reading Fifty Shades of Grey is acting like an aphrodisiac for women," Murray told GMA. "It's putting them in the mood more frequently and they're having more sex and they're ultimately getting pregnant faster."
If you haven't heard by now (and how haven't you?), Fifty Shades has quickly become one of the best-selling series of all time. Written by E L James, the series has sold 20 million copies in the last four months alone.
GMA also interviewed a few couples who thank the book for the revitalization of their sex lives. Carly and Leroy Gibson were one of those couples, and they said that after 14 months of trying to conceive, sex became more of a chore.
"I think the fun was taken out of it at that point in time because you're like, 'Okay, here it is. Day 14. We've got five days to go. Go strong. I don't care if you're tired…it's time to go to work,'" Carly said.
Then she picked up Fifty Shades and read about the erotic adventures of Christian and Ana. She then—here, I'll let Carly's husband explain what happened next:
"She just put down the book and she was all over me," Leroy said.
And how did he feel about that?
"It was nice and enjoyable."
Baby Center posted a blog earlier this month asking, "Is it raining Fifty Shades of Grey babies?" Here's what a couple of community members have said:
"I would like to thank the author of Fifty Shades of Grey for our newest addition."
"Yup, this series was definitely my version of female Viagra. Thank you E L James!!!"
As for this "mommy porn" revolution, women have apparently consumed all there is of Fifty Shades and they want more. According to ABC News:
"A wave of steamy, sexy--some would say raunchy--romance novels and films sweeping through suburbia, many of them actually made by women, for women."
According to ABC, one in three women now admit that they watch porn. Angie Rowntree is the owner of sssh.com, an erotica website that caters to women. She told ABC:
"What our audience wants is to see a passionate love scene that is filled with chemistry and sensuality, like that beach novel that comes to life where the hero comes and whisks off the heroine, makes wild passionate love to her."
And it's not just porn. Suburban wives are apparently accessorizing their sex lives with toys, too. Kristen Tibby is the creative director of one such "toy store" in Los Angeles, the Pleasure Chest. She says that in addition to women, she's seen an increase in husbands shopping at her store.
"I had this man come in the other day, and he was like, "I've been with my wife for 20 years. I had sex three times this week, and I have not done that in a very long time," she told ABC.
Tell us—have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Are you part of the revolution?
Photo: LWA/Getty Images
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
While we do love crazy, funny and over-the-top engagements, sometimes there's just nothing like a proposal with a heartfelt story behind it (warning: you might need some tissues). We've rounded up some of the most romantic wedding proposals from couples across the country, so keep scrolling for seven of our favorites:
As much as you’d like to think your guests will love every single aspect of your wedding, the truth is you really can’t please everyone. However, you can try to avoid ticking them off. Here’s how.
You’d think brides and grooms who celebrate their nuptials with 50 guests have an equal shot at wedded bliss as those who invite 500, but apparently not.
Because some things are just better with a buddy (whom you happen to be dating).
They're smart, funny, and adorable, but are you a good match?
Fight the urge to sign her up for OkCupid and read this instead.
We know you have good intentions, but...please...stop.
You can't say we didn't warn you. Every month is Movember when you're dating a guy with a beard. And while the scruffy look can be hot, there are some very real, err, challenges that come with the territory. Don't believe us? Well…
By Frank Kobola
Follow these steps to slash your wedding budget—not your fun—in half.
It won’t all be cake and flowers, but it can be the best year of your life together so far.
Expert tips on moving past those oh-so-familiar arguments.