Bookstore Bans 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

There's at least one place in the country where you can take refuge from Fifty Shades of Grey mania: Boston College's bookstore. The Catholic university store has pulled all copies of E.L. James' trilogy from its shelves after a recent complaint.


The bookstore has reportedly been selling (and selling out) copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed for many months, but the release of the first film in the trilogy sparked even more interest in the book and alerted university officials to the fact that it is being sold in the store.

BC is a private Jesuit Catholic university and, as such, isn't on board with promoting a book that goes against Catholic values. Not only is premarital sex considered sinful in Catholicism, but the type of sadistic relationship Anastasia Steele agrees to carry out with Christian Grey isn't viewed as loving or appropriate by most followers of the faith.

The university didn't reportedly ask that the book be pulled, but the bookstore decided that was the best call—and they are right.

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Many of us can easily rattle off the titles of at least 10 incredible books that contain sexual themes and scenes, but we feel their artistic and academic value outweighs the dirty stuff and we'd hate to see them banned from any bookstore. How I feel about Fifty Shades isn't important here. If Boston College's bookstore decided to ban The Scarlet Letter tomorrow, it has every right to do so.

BC students pay top dollar to attend the religious institution and several do so because they agree with the faith-based values the school promotes. If any object to this book being removed from shelves, they can easily find it at nearly every other bookstore and online store in the stratosphere.

Do you agree with Boston College's bookstore's decision to pull Fifty Shades off of his shelves?


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