The question of whether or not the BDSM sex of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" depicts a woman exercising her agency or submitting to sexual violence continues to dominate the media as the movie's release date nears. But the film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, hopes viewers will step back and consider the character's own perspective. In an appearance to promote the film's Saturday release, Taylor-Johnson explained to HuffPost Live why she thinks elements of Anastasia's specific story make it one of female empowerment.
"My goal with this movie [was] to take this girl who seemingly could be a victim to something, and actually by the end of it, she goes on the journey through," she recalled. "She turns the tables and she becomes the one with all the power, and he becomes the vulnerable one."