In light of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer coming out today, quick reminder that that book is about an abusive and controlling relationship, not BDSM.
Fanfiction (published or not) is important for women of all ages to explore gender roles and sexuality in a way that is less stigmatized and more accessible.
But do not do the BDSM community a disservice by calling the relationship described in the book a BDSM experience.
Agree with all that. I am, at the moment, in the sort of power exchange relationship that Fifty Shades tried and failed to depict, and reading that book scared the living shit out of me. It is not about BDSM. It is about abuse. (And, for all you French buffs out there, Histoire d’O is just as bad, if not worse.)