Stop Reading 50 Shades Of Grey In Public–It’s Gross!

Let’s talk, ladies. I know that 50 Shades Of Grey book is really freaking popular. Chances are, you own it or one of your girlfriends does, and you can’t wait to get to all the juiciest, sexiest, tie-me-up sex scenes. Good for you. Read what you want, get your kicks how you want–it’s no big to me.

That said? Can you please stop reading 50 Shades Of Grey (and talking about it!) out in the open in public? I’ve seen girls reading it on the subway, at Starbucks, even at work–and in every case I’ve had only one thought: ICK-ICK-ICK! If you’re sitting one seat away from me on the train, or sipping a chai latte next to me at the cafe, I do not appreciate knowing that you’re getting off and your lady juices are flowing–which is exactly what you’re doing when you read that book, and everyone in the world knows it by now.

Think of it this way: would you feel comfortable if a guy sitting next to you on a park bench was reading Hustler or Playboy out in the open? Even if the cover was obscured so you just saw the title and not the super racy cover image? Right. Most of us wouldn’t like it, because it’s what we call “inappropriate.” Sexy times (with other people or by yourself) are not meant for public spaces–and whether you’re getting your jollies from reading a super explicit, porny sex scene (a la 50 Shades of Grey!) or from looking at pornographic pictures in a magazine, none of it is suitable for public places. I’ve never heard two dudes compare notes on nudie magazines in the grocery store, so what makes it okay for girls to discuss 50 Shades Of Grey in the produce aisle–or even worse, at work?! I think you get my point.

In no way am I suggesting that you stop reading this series or any other racy books that might do it for you, but um, next time? Stick to reading sexier titles in the bath tub or, better yet, get a freaking Kindle and read it on that. Then, no matter where you want to read, your secret will be safe–and I won’t have to be so grossed out. Thanks in advance.

Have you read 50 Shades Of Grey? Are you as skeeved out as I am by people reading it in public? Tell me everything in the comments!

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  • Badabada

    It’s so not a big deal. Just because you don’t feel comfortable and enjoy reading erotic literature in public, don’t scrutinize other people for doing so.

  • Mark

    The great thing about being American is our freedom to do what we want when we want as long as it’s within reason. Don’t hate on others who know who they are and are not afraid to express themselves by reading what they will in public. Do you go up the mothers breastfeeding and tell them to cover up? If you see something that offends you in a public place move on you don’t have to look.

  • Rich

    “next time? Stick to reading sexier titles in the bath tub”

    Oh get a life love, it’s 2012 !

  • jack sparrow

    I agree 100 %. women always want the double standard.Read your porn in private….show some respect for others around you.

  • Lauren

    I actually read part of this book, but I stopped. Not because I was grossed out, but because it was poorly written. Also, it was unbelievable. Here we have a 21-year old virgin who has never touched herself. That is highly unrealistic. There are many great stories out there and this one became popular. Such a shame -_-

  • MissGorey

    I’ve read the book, in public and at home, and I personally don’t care what anyone else thinks. It’s a good book, and it isn’t just about ‘the porn’. It actually has a fun plot, albeit a fantastical one, but regardless I enjoyed reading it. It’s a book, TEXT, words, not pictures. Not a XXX movie on a portable computer or DVD player, a BOOK. If you don’t like it then don’t read it, and don’t glance over to it if someone is reading it beside you. Get up and move if girls are discussing it. But don’t try to censor just because it’s not your preference. This website is very public, and it talks about sex quite a bit, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t agree with that. This website might get some ‘juices flowing’ for some girls, you never know.

  • SmilingSince96

    I’ve read that book in public, so what? It certainly doesn’t get my “juices flowing”, its complex. It’s a good book, who cares if its explicit?

  • AJ

    Women reading ’50 Shades of Gray’ in public = tweeting about your dildo collection.

  • Joan Hart

    >”Read what you want, get your kicks how you want–it’s no big to me.”
    But not /where/ I want.
    >”Think of it this way: would you feel comfortable if a guy sitting next to you on a park bench was reading Hustler or Playboy out in the open?”
    This isn’t even remotely similar.
    >”I’ve never heard two dudes compare notes on nudie magazines in the grocery store”
    Certainly not in front of you.
    This:
    >”Sexy times (with other people or by yourself) are not meant for public spaces… none of it is suitable for public places.”
    and this:
    >”get a freaking Kindle and read it on that. Then, no matter where you want to read, your secret will be safe–and I won’t have to be so grossed out.”
    are contradictory. You say it’s about the sanctity about public spaces, but really it’s about your own personal discomfort about your own sexuality.
    Just cuz it makes you act crazy doesn’t mean everyone is “getting their jollies” from it at that moment.

  • misslmh11

    Uh, it is so not that big of a deal.

  • Gabs

    As someone who has almost read the entire first book of the 50 Shades Trilogy (chapter 23!!), it’s not that impressive… While Ana (our heroine) is a fun and spunky character, the racy scenes are common and fairly boring (might just be me though). The language is not very racy in and of itself, and a lot of the descriptions are incredibly repetitive. This is all being said, censorship on anything is terrible. If you are that worried about “juices flowing” from the girls around you, don’t go outside. Ever. The same BS line similar to Harry Potter causing belief in the devil and witchcraft. Don’t like the message, don’t read it yourself but don’t try to stop anyone else from reading it whenever, where ever they want.

  • Sarah

    It’s a book. Get over it, it’s not like they are reading it to you. It doesn’t bother me. So, stop being so modest and get over it. I mean I understand it’s inappropriate for a guy to look at nudie mags in a sub way, but come on now, it’s just a book. So what if their juices are flowing, it’s not like you know.
    What’s wrong with discussing a book in public? If they arent talking to you about it, go about your business!
    So, more power to the girls that take their dirty book in public and read/discuss it!

    • Rylee

      I toatally agree. If everyone is equal, then we should all know equal things. People should sick it up beacause HELLO! This “deed ” is the reason they were even born!!

    • rawlzie

      I totally agree! I love the book! When you have a good book you never wanna put it down for the sake of someone else psssssh….i wanna finish it already its all about getting lost in the novel…

  • Lauren

    I think you mean “get a Nook,” but other than that I liked this article. Very funny! 🙂

  • LilBD

    I actually wouldn’t care if the guy next to me was reading porn or looking through play-boy. As long as he isn’t jacking off but then again we’re talking about just reading in public right?

    I’ll read what I want in public if it’s a good book. That being said I haven’t read 50 shades of grey yet.

  • Hailey

    What a whiner… If you don’t like what someone is reading, move. Avert your eyes. Just because you don’t have the guts and aren’t super comfortable doing that yourself, doesn’t mean you have to judge someone else who does. Not EVERY single woman or man who is reading a book like that is gonna have the “lady juices flowing”.

  • Danielle

    God Bless The EReader!