Fifty Shades of Grey: Do Dudes Even Care About E.L. James' Steamy Trilogy?
But news keeps coming out about the novels -- and reports of an alleged Fifty Shades-fueled sexual revolution simply cannot be ignored.
Just today, for example, California gynecologist/sexpert Dr. Diana Hoppe issued a statement praising the books. She explained to the Voice this afternoon: "Women's libidos have been dormant, and it's kind of awakening them."
So the Voice hit the street this fine afternoon and asked the first 10 men who would talk to us: "How has Fifty Shades affected your sex life?"
And what did they have to say?
Student, 18: "No. But my dad read Fifty Shades of Grey. It's on my Kindle Fire. I don't think it's something he wants to talk to me about."
Exchange student, 16: "No. I've never heard of it."
Painter, 32: "Not at all. I don't know what it is."
Electrician, 46: "I haven't read it. I guess whatever it is, I'm happy about it. Just this week, I was at the beach with someone who was reading it. It was a good topic of conversation and jokes and flirting and all that stuff. I don't know if it's affected my sex life, though. I don't know what's in the book."
Bookseller, 58: "My wife hasn't read it. I haven't read it. It hasn't impacted our sex life in one way or another."
Teacher, 45: "I haven't read it. I don't know what it's about."
Registered nurse, 37: "I have heard of the title, but I haven't read it."
Lawyer, 23: [Laughs.]
(His ladyfriend then told us: "We both read it and enjoyed the books. I would be more open to doing things like going to higher end stores.")
Business owner, 34: "Pff. My wife is reading it right now. I have no idea how it's affecting our sex life. I don't know if it's impacted it at all. Maybe you should ask her."
Real estate broker, 40: "None. No impact whatsoever. I've just heard about the book."
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