Houston Newsmakers Feb. 15: Fifty Shades of Grey: Love or domestic abuse?

Collecting breast tissue for cancer research, energy sector impact on Houston real estate also discussed

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - Millions have bought the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books and on Valentine's Day weekend millions will have the opportunity to see the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.

It is full of sensuality and sex but Dr. Amy Bonomi, the chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University, said it is a glaring glamorization of violence against women.

"We analyzed the book using the Centers for Disease Control's definition of abuse," she said. "It really did show that the relationship in that book looks very much like real world domestic violence relationships."

Bonami joins Khambrel Marshall on this week's Houston Newsmakers to talk about the impact such a movie can have on relationships.

Also on the program is Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers Houston, who said it's OK to see the movie, but suggest viewers do so with a critical eye.

"Let's see why is it OK? Why is it accepted? Are we becoming desensitized?" she asked. "That is an issue, especially for younger women."

Collecting breast tissue for cancer research

Healthy breast tissue is wanted for the Susan G. Komen Breast Tissue Bank on Feb. 28. The collection will take place on Baylor's McNair Campus.

Anne Meyn, chair of Susan G. Komen Houston and Sandy Castillo, an advocate and volunteer, talk about why it's so important to have healthy breast tissue available for researchers, especially from such an ethnically diverse city as Houston.

Energy sector impact on Houston real estate

Houston's energy sector is in a six-year slump. How is Houston's Real Estate be impacted? Joining Khambrel is Nancy Furst, president of the Houston Association of Realtors, and Michele Marano, founder of Real Estate for Energy Professionals, Champions Real Estate Group.

Houston Newsmakers airs at 10 a.m. Sunday right after "Meet the Press."

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