Feminine Sexuality’s Grey Area

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Note: the following was written in February 2015 on the occasion of the movie’s wide release.

I gasped as a friend snatched my laptop from me the other night. “You can’t! My porn is open!”

He laughed, delighted, and then his face dropped. “I don’t see anything.”

“It’s not, like… porn,” I said, realizing he was hoping to find a streaming video, a racy gif, or…