Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

For Grey Week: “Fifty Shades of Political Torture,” my new piece published in Guernica Magazine

Copy of guernicaFor Fifty Shades fans, this is Grey week. Later this week, the new book Grey will be released by EL James, the re-telling of Fifty Shades from the billionaire’s point of view. However, I am more interested in a book that EL James will not be writing—the book that connects the dots between her Chilean heritage and her fascination with sexual domination. When writing about the Fifty Shades phenomena, I was stunned to find out that the author, British housewife EL James, is Latina–Chilean to be exact. I am interested in connecting the systemic torture and sexual sadism of Chile’s Pinochet regime during her adolescence in the 70s, and how a tale of a sadistic billionaire and an ingénue took root in her imagination. Unfortunately, James doesn’t speak publicly about her Latina heritage. Therefore, anyone  interested in making those connections will have to read my article about it in Guernica Magazine, “Fifty Shades of Political Torture.”

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This entry was posted on June 15, 2015 by in Uncategorized.

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