People go about shopping period in many different ways. Some people rely on the advice of their friends. Some people just stalk their way through it. Some people are engineers. Maybe you’re like me and you just live on Banner for a few days until you find a course that seems interesting. Imagine my surprise when happening upon the single fastest-selling novel of all time in the book list for a course.
Yeah, that’s right: the course “Human Sexuality in a Social Context,” SOC1240, has Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James on its reading list. The brilliance of the whole situation is that not only has Professor Carrie Spearin devised one of the greatest shopping period course-marketing plans of all time, but she has also found a very good academic use for the same book that was replacing bibles in the drawers of a UK hotel. Indeed, if one is going to try to answer questions like, “How do we come to know ourselves as sexual beings?” and “How do individuals develop attractions, make sexual choices, define and enact their own sexuality?” one must acknowledge that, for Anastasia Steele and others, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.”