Fifty Shades of Grey Actor Says Movie Isn’t Misogynistic

TIME

The hotly-anticipated February release of Fifty Shades of Grey has many people wound up, but not necessarily in a good way. The film, which portrays a relationship between a sexually dominant man and his submissive partner, already has some advocacy groups criticisizing its storyline, saying it promotes sexual violence.

But the film’s star, actor Jamie Dornan has defended not only Fifty Shades of Grey, but also BDSM (bondage, domination and sadomasochism) culture.

“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissive than women. Very powerful men,” Dornan said of BDSM in an interview with Elle UK magazine. “It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.” But in the film, he continued, “[t]he love…

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