‘Fifty Shades Freed’ and the eroticization of money in romance

Why do we still conflate romance with wealth?

4:00 pm EST, November 18, 2017

The new Fifty Shades Freed trailer is out, and once again, it’s more about money than it is about sex.

There are a lot of problems with the Fifty Shades franchise, from the ethics of turning a fanfic into a bestselling book series, to the toxic portrayal of romance it unquestioningly portrays. But one of the biggest issues with Fifty Shades is its obsession with money — a kind of lust that might be even more prevalent than the sex.

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