I am honestly baffled at the number of women who seem to love this book. What is the appeal? Is it just the sex scenes? I'm not prudish, and I don't mind a good sex scene at all, but what upsets me is the unabashed misogynism of the relationship. Why would you want to date a guy who requires that he decides how you dress, what you eat eat, or how you groom yourself (among other things)? In one scene, Christian sets up a Gynecologic appointment for Ana and ensures she is started on birth control. WTF?!?!?! Is she not capable of doing this herself? Are there more sinister implications to this scene where it is okay for a man to decide what we do with our bodies? Oh, and is this all okay because, after all, Christian makes up for his control issues by lavishing her with expensive gifts? How can a 21st century woman not have a problem with this?!?!?! The book seems to be saying that, deep down inside, women are okay with being treated as possessions and don't really need to have control over their own lives/bodies, as long as we are somehow taken care of by a man.
I just really want to know why you liked to book, because I can't think of any reason why it's become the success that it has been.