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If Fifty Shades of Grey was too tame for you, you’ve gotta watch Submission

If you’re a fan of the Fifty Shades of Grey books but found yourself disappointed by the lack of steaminess in the movie version — and let’s be real, the flick majorly fell short of expectations — Showtime may just have the real deal for you.

The network debuts Submission on May 12, and it’s basically a no-holds-barred Fifty Shades of Grey on crack.

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While Fifty Shades of Grey the movie failed to arouse interest for many, Submission is taking viewers deep into the world of BDSM — and it doesn’t seem to be afraid to go there. The show focus is around Ashley, a beautiful but sexually unfulfilled woman who reads an erotic novel called Slave and embarks on her own journey into BDSM herself.

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So far, reaction has been positive and fans of the show have praised it for its authenticity.

The authenticity of the show is probably due to the fact that its creator, writer and director is award-winning pornographic filmmaker Jacky St. James.

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St. James didn’t want to make just any old erotic series when she created Submission. She was on a mission to tell a truthful story about sexual desire — and debunk what she felt was an abusive portrayal of BDSM in Fifty Shades of Grey.

“I wanted to really showcase the idea that there is no normal when it comes to sex,” St. James said to Uproxx. “Everything is normal. I really wanted to normalize something like BDSM, which people often stigmatize and judge without really knowing much about it. I wanted to humanize it. I think when people think BDSM, they have these very disgusting, grotesque notions of what it is. It could be either beating the hell out of somebody, which is not really the way it is, or they’re using Fifty Shades as a template, which is also really grotesque.”

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Submission airs on Thursdays at 11/10c on Showtime.

Check out the trailer for Submission and let us know what you think in the comments.

(Caution: NSFW)

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