A gynaecologist has weighed in on THAT Fifty Shades ice cream scene

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Emily Reynolds
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A scene in the new Fifty Shades of Grey film has caused controversy. And now a gynaecologist has weighed in…

The Fifty Shades franchise has never been free of controversy. Some have called the books, and subsequent films, anti-feminist and damaging to women; some have disapproved of the explicit sexual content; others have simply rubbished their literary value.

But the latest controversy? A scene in the latest film, Fifty Shades Freed, in which dominating leading man Christian Grey eats ice cream out of wife Ana’s vagina.

Yes, you read that right and, yes, that’s pretty much all there is to it: he eats ice cream from her vagina. 

And while some people might find this sexy, others were immediately concerned about what that amount of dairy would do to the pH levels of a woman’s vagina. 

Luckily, Vulture writer Rachel Handler, equally concerned about what might be going on, asked gynaecologist Lauren Streicher what the deal would be if this happened in real life. 

“Let me start by saying that this has never been studied in any kind of a scientific study,” Streicher says. “Theoretically, could that throw off her normal flora and cause an infection? Absolutely. It’s sugar and milk, things that do not go in the vagina.”

“But will that happen with a one-time thing? Who knows. The answer is: I don’t know, but in general, I’d say don’t put food in someone’s vagina.”

As for foods that are safe to put in the vagina? “A food that is not going to interact with the flora” – like an unpeeled banana or a cucumber (“as long as it’s not going to break off or scratch you”). “But there have not been good scientific studies done on putting food inside of you,” Streicher stresses – so be careful. 

And what you definitely shouldn’t do? Put cutlery in your vagina.  

“Cutlery is not good in the vagina,” Streicher says. “Particularly knives and forks would be frowned upon. A spoon is a little different. If, for example, a gynaecologist put a spoon in the vagina, that’d be fine, because we would know how to put a spoon in the vagina without causing an injury. As a sweeping generalisation, I’d say cutlery would be frowned upon in the gynaecologic world.”

An imbalanced pH level may be the last of the franchise’s problems, though – Fifty Shades Freed currently has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it a “totally selfish lover who will never give you what you want”, “so unarousing that it could be used as therapy in a sex addiction clinic” and “a film that goes out of its way to avoid entertaining anyone with a pulse”. Painful – and not in the Red Room kind of way…

Images: Rex Features