Sex in the City
Sex in the City
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Apparently, Seattleites are not an overly sexed bunch – I blame it all on the notorious “Seattle Freeze” myself. According to the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, conducted by Indiana University and paid for by Trojan condoms, folks in Seattle have sex less often than the national average, are more likely to avoid sex in hot weather and less likely to have sex outside in the rain than folks in other cities.


All of which begs me to wonder why Fifty Shades of Grey was set in Seattle in the first place. It could be to do with the fact that the British author who penned the erotic romance novel, EL James, had never once set foot in Seattle. She wrote about her young heroine’s experience of a lot of BDSM in a Belltown condo based on what “research” – and I use that word loosely, unlike the bondage ropes involved – she could glean by touring the area via the Internet, Real-estate listings, Google Street View and restaurant reviews.


I think she probably also got the title from the amount of references made online to the many shades of grey skies that can be found in Seattle. But for those that simply adored the book, then like me you’ll also be thrilled to bits to hear that this coming Valentine’s Day sees the movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Jamie Dornan – who, with just a touch of irony here, is currently a woman’s worst nightmare date as the sadistic serial killer in the compelling BBC series The Fall – as hunky Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson playing the lip-biting, knees-quivering Anastasia Steele.


At least Seattle is where the plot is set.  The movie was actually filmed next door in Vancouver, B.C.


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