The bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy explores the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy businessman Christian Grey. It features explicit sexual scenes, at times involving depictions of bondage, sadomasochism and submissive sex.
Clare Phillipson, a director of the Wearside Women In Need charity, is asking people to give their copies of Fifty Shades of Grey to help create a bonfire on November 5.
Speaking to Sky Tyne and Wear, she said that her concern is not the depiction of graphic sex, but rather that the book is about "an abusive relationship presented as a love story".
"It normalises abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence. There is lots of abuse in the book, not just sexual abuse," she said.
"Do millions and millions of women suffer from secret self-loathing? Do they all want to be treated this badly?
"Some of what happens in the book, Fred West did to his victims in his cellar. I fail to see what is erotic about that."
Phillipson believes that the erotic books would never have been published had the author, E L James, been a man.
"There is emotional and sexual abuse of a 20-year-old with no sexual experience who is persuaded that being hit is good fun," she added.
She said that the way in which the book portrays Christian hurting Ana and then making it up later with expensive gifts is typical of domestic abuse cases.
However, she admitted that her choice of protest was controversial, as it has echoes of the 'burning of the books' from Nazi Germany.
"There's an assumption that Nazis are the only people who burn books. What we are saying is, this book is rubbish and we would like to reduce it to ashes," she said.
"We are not burning the Bible or a political philosophy, we are burning the depiction of an abusive man as a romantic hero."
In a statement, Fifty Shades publisher Random House told Sky News: "The Fifty Shades trilogy is a work of romantic fiction which explores a consensual relationship between two willing adult participants.
"The books are being enjoyed by millions of readers - primarily women - around the world."