The hype surrounding “Fifty Shades of Grey” has done more than just sell books — it’s selling sexual accessories. The New York Post reported that women are running all over town to snag products that would allow them to emulate the kinky love affair between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
The trilogy, written by British author E.L. James, explores the S&M-filled sexual relationship between Grey and Steele. Since submission and domination fantasies are very common among women, the books’ target audience, it’s not surprising that “Fifty Shades” has not only hooked female readers but also inspired some real-life sex play.
The first telltale sign of “Fifty Shades” emulation? Rope sales are up! “Oh, we’ve been selling rope to women,” Clifton Kahn, owner of New York City’s Lexington Hardwaretold the New York Post. “I’d say tenfold more rope than usual in the last six months. The women are definitely buying, and it’s still continuing.” It’s unreasonable to attribute all rope sales to women’s desire to be tied up.
However, Nathaniel Garber Schoen, co-owner of Garber Hardware, told the Post that the type of rope a customer purchases is very telling. “[The customers looking to get tied up] request softer nylon material,” said Schoen. “For those purposes, 12-gauge [rope] is a reasonable choice and the most popular.” (Readers, take note.)