Bobby McFadden

The Morality of Fifty Shades of Grey

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There have been several accounts of attacks on the book Fifty Shades of Grey.  In fact here is one post we wrote regarding one of those attacks.

Fifty Shades Of Grey Banned

The “let me impose my morals on you” crowd are at it again.  Recently an article was published in the United Kingdom and again in the Los Angeles Times regarding a UK charity calling for the collection and burning of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Here are the links respectively:

Fifty Shades of Abuse Campaign UK

LA Times Report on British Charity

As it goes, the charity director, Clare Phillipson, has claimed that the book “normalizes abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence”. Further she states the book sends the message that “domestic violence is sexy”.

Now, I want to be fair and state clearly, neither I or anyone at RLA approves of domestic violence. There is no further discussion for us on this matter. However, to take a piece of fiction that deals with a consensual world of BDSM and apply it to a serious issues like abuse and domestic violence does little to promote your cause. I only hope that the good people at Wearside Women in Need, in Sunderland, were just trying to find coattails of a rapidly accelerating item to hang their agenda on in order to gain recognition. If so, well done! But, domestic violence, I’m sorry to vehemently disagree.

Fifty Shades of Morality

When it comes to the right and wrong of an issue, there can be as many different opinions as there are people in the argument. And we are programed to strive to always be right. We try to put everything into neat little piles that define the right and wrong of a situation. But it cannot always be so neat. Truly there are laws governing behavior. Laws are constructed to be a representation of the people they govern. If you don’t like the laws, vote in new representation or perhaps move to a place more to your liking.

We have laws governing everything from drugs to the speed limit. They change from state to state and from one country to another. And they reflect the citizens of those regions. But when it comes to sex, who gets to decide what two consenting adults get to do for pleasure?

The morality of the question is neither perplexing or convoluted. No one should be able to impress their standard of sexual morality upon another, provided there remains consent and maturity, i.e. consenting adults.

The book is designed to provide a view into a sexual social circle that does, in fact, exist.  To think otherwise is fooling yourself. There are complete web sites for just this type of behavior. They sell quality items for binding and restraining. One of the largest is Extreme Restraints, I suggest caution if you are a first time visitor to the site.

But the real trouble, as I see it, is not the desires written in the book, it’s what people make them into using their personal moral values. In the book Fifty Shades of Grey, Anna is given several opportunities to walk away from the “life style” and yet she chooses to remain, negotiate a contract and participate. The character Anna was portrayed as an open minded intelligent woman who choose to engage and enjoy a sexual adventure with a man she deeply cared for. Now that’s my view and opinion.

Now assume that I found the book to be objectionable, it would be easy for me to see it in a far different manner. Where I get tangled up is no one has the authority to force others to behave as their personal morality dictates. If you don’t like the book, don’t buy it and don’t read it. If you don’t like sex using restraints, don’t participate in it. But, don’t tell me how to live my life and, for heavens sake, don’t confuse consensual sex fantasies with a serious issue like domestic violence.

Fifty Shades of Reality

Just mentioning the word “sex” will elicit and provoke thoughts of a wide and varied range within people. What is mild to some is wild to others. What is considered strange to a few can be widely accepted by many. It is our experience level, our comfortably and our morality that makes it what it is. At the early age of _______ (fill in the blank) when the world of sex began for you, everything was exciting and new. As you became more comfortable with a partner or the act, it can be less thrilling. So we move on to new and more exciting things. There is nothing wrong with consenting adults experimenting and enjoying new sexual exploits.

Generally, it is necessary for one partner to be in control and the other to be submissive during sex. What’s the problem? We don’t what to acknowledge this  happens naturally? And then when a accepting, adult couple wishes to try something a little more racy, we get our panties in a knot? Pardon the pun. And that’s knickers in a twist for our UK readers.

Please don’t think for a minute that I give two craps about what you do in your bedroom. I don’t. But the success of this book cannot be denied. It holds the record for the fastest selling book ever in the U.S. topping the huge favorite Harry Potter. More than 3 million copies were sold electronically in less than a month. The book has enjoyed more than 60 printings. 37 countries have the rights, and it has been translated to more than 30 languages. It topped the New York Times Best Seller list for 15 weeks and the movie rights have sold for $5 million.

Although the book continues to remain popular, industries seem to build upon its supposed immoral position. The Daily Anthem published this article Fifty Shades of Grey success illustrates social depravity. Their claim is that the books success is a clear indication of social depravity. Really? Who’s morals are we using for this litmus test? It also suggests that sexually repressed housewives are the target market. If that’s the case, what are we missing? Are we depraved or sexually repressed?

Fifty Shades of Role Play

Our readers have been asking about role playing, the benefits thereof  and the nuances of playing roles in the bedroom. Is Fifty Shades role playing? I think it is but at a level some may find challenging. Role playing can be a great enhancement to bedroom (or outside thereof) activities. What’s right for you? Hell, I don’t know, but I suggest if this question is there for you and your significant other, try it on and see what happens.

Does she want to be the French maid, posing seductively while “dusting”? Does he want to be the repair man who gets a great send off after tending to the broken television. Or do you both want to try out  mild restraints and open power exchanges? Give it a whirl, but don’t forget the golden rule of RLA Advisors…

Have a conversation, be respectful with no judgment, set it up, enjoy and report back to us the success of your Fifty Shades of Happiness.

As of late, the inquiries we receive have been very sexually charged and we will attempt to address them one at a time. I will be covering role playing in detail in an up coming article. Keep the questions coming and give us the time needed to generate a solid response. I apologize if we have not yet covered the area you are waiting for, but I promise we will soon.

In the mean time you should grab a copy of our first book.  You may find new openings for action in your relationship and an enhanced sex life.  All it takes is a few minutes of your time.  Go grab it, it’s only $2.99.

Mancode Secrets Revealed: Relationship Advice For Women

As always,

Love with no shame and ask with no fear

Bobby

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Our Deepest Thanks

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Although I usually publish on Tuesdays every week, I wanted to take the time to thank our readers and supporters and share the good news. As you know, our first book was released on Amazon.com almost two weeks ago. RLA has worked provide quality offerings in both print and video. We were very happy with the first book, but as with anything we were also anxious to hear from our readers.

Yesterday morning our book, Mancode Secrets Revealed – Relationship Advice For Women, was listed as #7 on the Amazon.com best sellers list for relationship advice. By the end of the business day the book had advanced to the #2 spot on the same list. We are incredibly humbled and wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our supporters.

In the up coming weeks we will release our second book. And with the currently generated excitement we hope you will find it equally enlightening.

Our mission statement is:

To make an impact with people around the world. And we do this by providing them the tools they need to have the relationships of their dreams.

I ask that you continue to dream, and dream big!

As always,

Love with no shame and ask with no fear

Bobby

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Relationship Contracts

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Recently, we were contacted by another news agency and asked about Relationship Contracts and what we thought about their place in toady’s litigious society.

The question of relationship contracts, their purpose and usefulness has as many answers as it does the couples who use such documents. Every contract will be different in structure and content as well as the context in which it is to be utilized.

So, the question is, are relationship contracts useful? In a word, yes. If a couple feels the need to protect themselves while exploring a relationship or entering into a commitment, such as engagement or marriage, then a contract can be of benefit. I would suggest that both parties need to be comfortable with the idea and present in crafting the document.

In many cases, people feel a great sense of relief knowing that assets are no longer in question and only the relationship is left to enjoy. Moving forward can be easier and more practical for couple with such needs or issues.

On the other side, a contract can cause a barrier to be erected between a couple. If one partner wants the protection and the other has never considered it, there can be quite a problem dealing with the reasoning and actual asset protection. Think through what a contract will do the relationship and choose whether it’s even worth the conversation.

And this brings me to the real rub of the argument. Why do you need a relationship contract? Now, before you snap out an answer, consider the REAL reason behind it. Follow me here and see if this makes sense at all. Here are a few explanations:

  • My last partner left me
  • I had a friend go through a bad divorce
  • My parents are concerned about their wealth
  • I am expecting a large inheritance
  • My lawyer says…

But drill down to the real issue behind such a document. It is only there to protect one person from another. Really? And we are calling this a relationship contract. I feel an argument could be made that there is no relationship at all because there is no trust. And without trust there can never be a solid, beneficial relationship.

So, rather than ask if a relationship contract is the right thing for us, ask why we need it and where does that distrust come from? The issue is not in the contract.

If two people can discuss the concerns they each have regarding trust, then they can begin to structure and create their relationship.

And does a contract deal with the distrust? Absolutely not! Moreover, it reinforces the distrust by both parties agreeing that the issue is truly there and present. The contract does not remove the problem, it magnifies it!

If you enter into a partnership fearing the worst, just expect it to happen. The contract does nothing more than structure how you are going to end the partnership.

Consider that the open wound of distrust is present and the contract is an insufficient bandage on the festering sore. It covers it over, but the injury remains. Repair the wound and the relationship can thrive. But ignore it and the sickness will seep throughout the entire body of the relationship.

Do you need a relationship contract or do you need a real relationship? You get to choose…

As always,

Love with no shame and ask with no fear

Bobby

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Our First Book

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Today I am suspending my weekly article to shamelessly promote our first book. As promised, RLA Advisors has released their first book titled: Mancode Secrets Revealed – Relationship Advice For Women. The book has been written by Jay Simcic and edited by yours truly, who also wrote the foreword, which has been added below. In my opinion, Jay has done a wonderful job providing insight to how men act and behave. He takes a rather bold look into the male psyche and leaves nothing left to question. We encourage all of our readers to visit Amazon.com in order to purchase the Kindle version of the book for $2.99. It can be found using this link: Mancode Secrets Revealed – Relationship Advice For Women.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the book and look forward to our next release in September. I will be posting my regular scheduled article next week. Let us know your thoughts.

As always,

Love with no shame and ask with no fear

Bobby

Foreword

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…

Of all the instructional books and articles I have read, there is a common theme of inaccuracy. Many are books about women written by men and vice versa. A ton of articles, written by a people never having worked in the particular field of interest, but well educated. Advice has been given to pit one person against another by labeling or vilifying them. Suggestions that one group is this way so your group is that way. All in order to make us feel better about ourselves or our station in life.

And that’s fine if you wish to be satisfied with your current place in your life. But we are not! RLA Advisors is based on a principle of openness and honesty. Ask a question and we will answer. Suggest a problem and we will propose a solution.

Like it or not, we are here to provide insight to the aspects of relationships that most people won’t discuss. Love, feelings, sex, they all enter into this complex design of human nature and relationship behaviors. Powerful emotions that drive each of us to do, say or act certain ways. We are no different than our friends and neighbors, but we think and feel we are.

And why? Because we don’t want to talk about it. What will they think of me? Am I doing it right? Is this weird? If so, why does it feel so good?

So, here is my overview of our latest book in three parts: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly…

The Good:

This book contains accurate and precise information regarding men’s thoughts and behaviors. There is no sacred cow here. The thoughts were collected based on actual study and interviews in order to find out what happens inside men.

Men are simple creatures with basic needs. Many times what men do is falsely interpreted to mean something else. I get that. But why make it something that it isn’t?

The information contained within this book is the most poignant compilation of the what, why, where, how and when of men. Don’t make it anything it isn’t. Please!

The Bad:

Although everything here is written and designed to give women (and men) glimpses of the thoughts within men’s minds, it is possible that many will disregard it as fake. Any problem or issue has the potential to be misinterpreted if we have a lack of understanding or the solution does not fit squarely into our current base of knowledge and experience. But, how do we know when new information is accurate? We don’t unless we are open to the possibility of accepting and processing the information to ensure it is correct.

These pages contain such things but the reality exists that women will disregard them as they don’t fit into their current world of understanding. Just ponder the thought that men are simple and have a huge problem expressing how they feel and why they do certain things. If they did, we wouldn’t need this book.

As you read these thoughts, consider that the writer is opening his heart and mind to the deepest possible ideas of men and their behavior. If you can accept the honesty, the rest will be easy.

The Ugly:

And now for the dirt… Although we remain open and honest in our communication, we men, sometimes have a horrible way of expressing ourselves. And that too can create an issue in a relationship. This book is not for the faint of heart, it is not for those who find words to be offensive. And it is certainly not for those who fear the truth.

This book is raw, to the point and fearless. It is ugly in its honesty to the point of being brutally offensive. Know that now and get over it quickly, because once you discover the truth, the genie cannot be placed back into the bottle.

The profound openness is for your benefit and nothing more. If you don’t like the language, tough shit! Grow a pair and begin to enjoy your life.

Ouch! Was that a little ugly?

Enjoy the book and let know us what you think. We have enjoyed each and every one of our readers. Don’t stop now. Life is a journey, you get to choose how you want to travel it.

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Who’s Fault is it?

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Today, I intend to have a conversation about faults. In this context, when I use the word “fault”, it is not to define blame. However, we as people inter-relating to one another tend to find fault in each other. It is common to look at a situation and say, “It’s not my fault”. This assesses blame but it also intimates the existence of a flaw. In other words, a problem has come up and due to an error, we can qualify the issue and possibly correct it, based on some faulty behavior.

This works well if we are studying industrial technologies, but not so well when dealing with our interpersonal relationships. You see, when we assign fault to someone or something, we have made them or it devalued or wrong. Faulty in some regard and therefore, not working properly. They have malfunctioned in some way. It makes things very easy but at the same time, we don’t get a chance to understand or gain power within a relationship. By assigning blame or stating a fault, we end the brain power needed to continue to analyze the situation. More over, we have placed that person, thing or circumstance in a default position of being problematic.

Let me explain; if a child arrives home with a report card that has a failing or sub-par grade in math, he or she shares it with their parents. The child knows that they could have done much better and they are ready for the consequences. Upon review the mother states that she was not good at math either. The student is now off the hook and for no other reason than the mother has stated such. But, the child and the mother have ended the possibility of improvement. The brain is a funny thing in that, if it doesn’t have to work on something, it won’t! And in this case, the parent was the one who shut down.

Now this is a broad generalization, but understand that we have the power to continue to work through an issue or we can assign fault and stop all thought. What are the child’s expectations as he or she reaches adulthood? “I am not good at math and neither will my children be” So, when the check bounces, “It’s not my fault”. When I fail to stick with a budget, “It’s not my fault”. When the kids are not doing well in school, “It’s not my fault”.

Plainly put, if we choose to assign fault, the brain will accept the results without question. That’s just the way it is.

Really?

You Get What You Give

When we choose to look at life through the lenses of fault and blame, we tend to get more of what we find problematic. For instance, the child received a poor grade in math. They were reprogramed to accept the mediocrity. As an adult the same issues kept arising. And, as a parent, were ready to accept the same for their children. The blame and fault permeate our lives if we choose to allow them to do so. And the patterns repeat because the brain has been signaled to give up. We have told our brain to allow the problem to exist and remain, because we have reigned ourselves to “That’s just the way it is”.

As I said before, the brain is a funny thing. It works to protect us at every turn. It keeps us from walking into traffic, from getting burned on a hot stove, or from a bad relationship. The brain will work endlessly on a problem until solved. But tell it to quit working because “That’s just the way it is”, and voilà, end of discussion, no more to do, the problem is solved!

And How is Any of This My Fault?

It’s not your fault at all, but I wanted to give you the distinction. You see, if we think of people in our lives as having faults, our brains are trained through language to see them as defective, flawed or malfunctioning. Have you ever heard someone say, “I love him despite all his faults”? This is an indication that, although in love, assignment of defects had occurred and will continue to manifest itself throughout the relationship.

More than that, just look at the person for who they are. They are who they are and nothing more. Put another way, they are without fault, they just are who and how they are. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.

You see, a person is the way they are and we can either choose them or not. But consider, if we choose to be with a person despite their faults, there will come a time when, by assigning such fault, that is all we will see in them, their faults. And really they are just being themselves.

She would be perfect if she could just cook. He would be great if only he would talk more. And as soon as these “faults” are fixed, we’ll move on to the next one and the one after that. Why? Because the “fault” is what we are concentrating on. We have not accepted the person for them, rather we have expected to “fix” the problem and the problem is always there for us.

Acceptance begins with seeing another person as they are and nothing more. He is not a good husband despite his faults, he is simply a good husband. She is not a great mother despite her faults, she is only a great mother.

So the question is, “How is any of this my fault?” Ponder this, maybe it’s not a fault at all, it’s just a way of being.

As always,

Love with no shame and ask with no fear

Bobby

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