‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ used for UAB sexual relationship forum

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  It started as a popular book series, and now it’s a movie. “Fifty Shades of Grey” premieres Thursday night in sold-out theaters all across the country.

The story is controversial because of its graphic adult content. However, the UAB Student Activities Council saw the movie as a teaching tool. On Monday, the group is using the movie to start a discussion about healthy relationships based on themes explored in the film.

“If anything we just want to make sure that students feel comfortable coming to us when there are questions, or concerns, or issues,” said Caleb Rotton, coordinator for Student Activities.

At the beginning of the week, the council gave away 200 free tickets to the show that were all quickly claimed within 24 hours. The group of students will attend a private screening Thursday evening.

Karissa Cook works with the Students Activities Council and helped coordinate the field trip. She recently read the book and says that the main character at times feels trapped in her relationship with the older business man.

“I know that is probably something that a lot of other women on campus can probably relate to,” Cook said.

This is one of the reasons why she and her team decided to use the movie as a theme for the open panel discussion called Fifty Shades of Grey; One Shade of Consent. Students can submit anonymous questions to the panel of experts from UAB and other community health centers.

“This is a way that we can draw [students] in because the movie is something everybody wants to see. If we can educate them at the same time about healthy relationships, and safe sex and different things that are sometimes are hard to talk about, this is a great way to do that,” said Cook.

The forum is set for Monday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Edge of Chaos venue.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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