A look at the possible connection between the book and injuries to your lady parts
It’s not surprising that the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has inspired a lot of people to get a little experimental in the bedroom (or sex dungeon?), but a new investigation from The Washington Post finds that the number of emergency room visits for injuries related to sex toys jumped between 2012 and 2013—the same years that the BDSM-based romance novels were released. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of these injuries reported in the nationally representative sample went from about 1,750 to about 2,500. In 2013, that number dipped slightly to just under 2,500, but it was still insanely high compared to previous years. Coincidence? The fine journalistic minds at The Washington Post think not.
The data analyzed by the newspaper come from a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that shows that these types of ER visits have doubled since 2007 and that the biggest spike was when the novels started gaining traction. Anyone else a little scared to see what happens after the movie comes out?
Besides those shocking stats, the data also reveal that the average age of women suffering from sex toy-induced injuries was 30 years old (the oldest woman was 67). They also found that men were actually more at risk for mishaps than women. And get this: The most common type of medical issue was having something get stuck—that would be 83 percent of the total incidents.
Luckily, according to The Washington Post, 71 percent of those assaulted by sex toys were treated and released. Phew.
Granted, the correlation between the release of the crazy popular romance novel and the increase in these kinds of emergencies is only speculation, so don’t start burning your novels just yet.