New Report Says Women Are More Turned on by a Cookbook Than 'Fifty Shades'

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EL James, cover your ears. According to a new report, it turns out that Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals cookbook is more arousing than Fifty Shades of Grey to most women. That's awkward. In many ways. 


According to the Sun, researchers -- researchers with a lot of time on their hands -- monitored readers' heart rates, body language, and emotions as they read 10 pages of both Fifty Shades of Grey and 30 Minute Meals. As it turned out, reading Oliver's book aroused most women more than James's book. 

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Apparently fifty women participated in the "study," all with an average age of 35. The participants read from five different genres. Among the books were Oliver's cookbook, Fifty Shades, Nora Roberts's romantic thriller The Obsession, fantasy A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, and the uber-popular psychological thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Of all the genres, romantic fiction seemed to cause the most excitement with women, scoring 83 percent. Next up was a psychological thriller with a score of 74 percent. Sci-fi and fantasy came in at 60 percent. And Fifty Shades, which has sold over 100 million copies, had the lowest rating of 52 percent. (Oliver's cookbook had a score of 55 percent.) Go figure. 

Clearly, Fifty Shades of Grey isn't everyone's cup of tea, but some people obviously like it. Yes, it's ridiculous, and yes, it's downright laughable at times, but 100 million copies? That's not anything to scoff at. Right, Jamie?

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