Medical warning: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' may be hazardous to your health

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

As the controversial movie Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released in theaters later this week, a national medical association says the film is yet another example of the increasingly toxic glorification of violence and sex in the media.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, vice president of the American College of Pediatricians, describes how she believes the movie, based on the popular novel by the same name, pushes the envelope.

"Not only is it normalizing sadomasochism, but it's even romanticizing it or making it look like something exciting, and erotic and desirable,” Cretell asserts. “So it's almost even beyond normalization."

Concerned about children’s emotional well-being, Cretella explains why she believes parents should protect their children from this movie.

"We know that children, because of their brain development -- which is immature, even in adolescence -- they're more impressionable and more likely to become addicted to these images, and more likely to imitate these behaviors in their own lives," she warns parents and discerning moviegoers.

American College of Pediatricians

Looking at the big picture, the ACP spokeswoman reminds parents that even if children don't see the movie, they will be exposed to the images through advertising and products that will be sold based on the film. She gives a final warning, hoping parents will draw the line between entertainment and looking out for their children’s safety.

"All our children need to hear three things,” she said in a press release. “First, that verbal, emotional, physical and sexual violence is never acceptable. Next, that sexual activity, as much as alcohol and other drugs, impairs judgment.”

Cretella closes by sharing with parents how they need to shield their youth from destructive influences that can tear them down and focus on providing them with what they really need,

“And finally, [parents need to demonstrate] that healthy relationships are characterized by warmth, open communication, respect and mutuality," Cretella concluded.


Read related commentary from Baptist Press:
How '50 Shades of Grey' harms women & Jesus saves them


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