The Black & White of Fifty Shades of Grey

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades…

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Christian Grey Belongs in Jail, Not in Your Bedroom

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer because literally (and that “literally” is not exaggerated) everyone else has and we’ve already discussed the craze here and here. However, after actually viewing the trailer yesterday, I can’t get the following thought out of my mind:

“Christian Grey belongs in jail. Not in your bedroom.”

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Okay, so JAIL may be putting it strongly, but I don’t think I am too far off.

Perhaps it is because I was once the young, mousey girl taken advantage of by an…

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DIRTY GIRLS COME CLEAN CAMPUS TOUR

There are few things I am more passionate about than seeing women freed from the shame and stronghold of porn and sexual addiction. And there is no audience I love to speak to more than high…

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Fifty Shades: Not Your Mother’s Romance Novel

I’ve been asked by several people if I would please address the #1 New York Times bestselling erotic fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey and it’s series of counterparts.

As someone who has not read it and as someone who has no plans to read it, it’s difficult for me to denounce an entire series of books without anything more than the understanding that it’s a sexually graphic fictional novel.

But that’s actually enough for me.

As we know here at Dirty Girls Ministries, erotic fiction or…

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Hooked: A Christian Response to Porn Addiction

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of co-hosting a webinar with Luke Gilkerson of Covenant Eyes. Our topic was about pornography addiction and how the church can help those who feel trapped in this sin.

This webinar is ideal for:
• Pastors, ministers, or church leaders
• Small group or Bible study leaders
• Accountability partners of those who struggle
• Spouses of those who struggle
• Men and women who struggle

The webinar is now available as a recording online. Check it out below!

With hope…
Crystal Renaud

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Some Books Are Meant to Get Dirty

It’s rare that I’ll post video blogs. Even more rare that I record myself talking for 10 minutes (my talking voice is not my favorite thing). But today, I want to share with you the unlikely story of what happened to the very first copy of Dirty Girls Come Clean and how even I was challenged to think differently about the book I have written.

I hope it inspires you in the same way it did me.

Watch the video now… or see below it for more.

The video goes into greater detail—but in short—

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