(The following was sampled from The Huffington Post.)
Anastasia Steele does not have an orgasm in the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Perhaps she’s intended to, but we, the viewers, have no way of knowing if and when she climaxes. Her orgasm is never spoken of. Not once.
Which, sure, wouldn’t be that absurd for the average Hollywood movie, but this is “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the holy grail of female pleasure, in which a large percentage of the book is dedicated to Anastasia Steele’s “inner goddess.” Her orgasms are accompanied by over-the-top phrasing like, “I climax and splinter into a million pieces underneath him.” Her explicit pleasure is how we know that she’s actually-sort-of-maybe into being the submissive to Christian Grey’s dom. It’s his kink, but she’s down to try it out. “Now I know what all the fuss is about,” she says after her first orgasm.
In the movie, not so much. Every sexual act is technically consensual. Ana, played by Dakota Johnson, wants to lose her virginity to Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). She agrees to be spanked as punishment for rolling her eyes. She says yes to being blindfolded after Christian enters her apartment without permission. She likes when he feeds her white wine like she’s a baby bird. And she’s seemingly turned on by her first experience in the “Red Room of Pain,” when Christian uses a riding crop. But by keeping her orgasm locked away and left to the imagination, the film becomes less about her journey and more about what gets Christian off.