Thanks to falling down a random internet rabbit hole I came across The Real 50 Shades of Grey an E! documentary from 2013. I was hesitant at first since a lot of the mainstream 50 Shades coverage is pretty terrible but figured what why not.
To my pleasant surprise this was a really well executed representation of the life I and many others enjoy every day. While I was expecting some sensationalized practitioners I was happy to see the couples were “normal.” While there was at least one pro Domme there were also engineers and nurses. Though they were all heterosexual they did include female dominance, mono and poly households, and those who live 24/7 vs those who keep it just to the bed room. The couples appeared natural as they discussed how they came into the lifestyle and how it has become part of their life. To support this they had a variety of credible experts including Midori and Tristan Taormino. The issues of consent and abuse were also addressed well. Overall The Real 50 Shades of Grey did a great job at not sensationalize or demonizing BSDM but rather gave viewers a real, educationally supported, representation of what it means to be part of the in the lifestyle.