leather hand cuffsNo matter what critics of the Fifty Shades of Grey series have to say about the books' writing or potential underlying sexist or abusive messages in the story, researchers published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine seem to be on the Christian Grey bandwagon! They say that in their study, people who practice BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism) appeared to be healthier mentally than those who stuck to vanilla sex.

Whoa, maybe that means Christian wasn't "fifty shades of f-ed up" after all?!

It's true! Although the book, to some extent, and society would have us believe people who are into BDSM may have been abused, raped, or suffer from mental disorders, this survey found that people who had a taste for "kinky f***ery," as Christian would put it, were less neurotic, more open, more aware of and sensitive to rejection, more secure in their relationships, and had better overall well-being. Wow!

It's actually not that hard to believe, considering that people who are into unconventional sexual practices do tend to be "more aware of and communicative about their sexual desires," said the lead author of the study, Andreas Wismeijer. The research also notes that they may be better off mentally because they have done "hard psychological work" to accept and live with sexual needs that are beyond the scope of what is often considered socially acceptable to discuss in the mainstream.

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Innnteresting. Although, I do feel like it bears noting that this research wasn't reflective of the general population, since the participants were selected on a volunteer basis ... It also seems sort of nuts to draw sweeping conclusions that people who are more vanilla in their sexual preferences are more neurotic, less open, etc. Still, I do think this research makes it clear that being into BDSM doesn't necessarily mean you're "fifty shades." Even though that description has a much sexier connotation since Christian and Ana came along ...

Do you buy this research? What do you think your sexual preferences say about your mental health?