Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures / Edition 1

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A book that dispels the myths about those who prefer to go beyond vanilla sex The mental health professions and society have marginalized people who practice sadomasochism (SM). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures is a comprehensive exploration of the entire sexual subculture that lies on the cutting edge of society. Though vilified by society at largeall the way from the religious right to the feminist leftthese interdisciplinary discussions of the latest high-quality research shed surprising light on SM practitioners and their out-of-the-mainstream activities. Leading experts reveal the latest valuable information, research findings, and rational thought about sexuality that lies beyond vanilla. To gain a broader understanding of human sexuality, the study of SM is crucial for what it reveals about us as sexual beings. Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures reveals many facets of extraordinary sexual practices and how and why pain holds an important and pleasurable place in SM practitioners' private lives. The text clearly discusses the results of top-notch research into clients' behaviors and perspectives, reveals the prevalence of SM behaviors in today's culture, and stresses the need for greater tolerance and understanding. The realization of SM desires and their acceptance are explored in detail. This unflinching look at the world and the people of SM will guide scholars and lay people alike into a more sensitive, sex-friendly viewpoint of the people society calls kinky.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560236399
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the state of our knowledge on SM 1
Sadomasochism and the social sciences : a review of the sociological and social psychological literature 17
Differences and similarities between gay and straight individuals involved in the sadomasochistic subculture 41
Sexual spanking, the self, and the construction of deviance 59
24/7 SM slavery 81
Mainstreaming kink : the politics of BDSM representation in U.S. popular media 103
Understanding sadomasochism : an empirical examination of four perspectives 133
The spanner trials and the changing law on sadomasochism in the UK 167
Negotiating limits : the legal status of SM in the United States 189
Discrimination of SM-identified individuals 217
SM (sadomasochistic) interests as an issue in a child custody proceeding 233
The ICD diagnoses of fetishism and sadomasochism 243
SM international 263
Psychotherapeutic issues with "kinky" clients : clinical problems, yours and theirs 281
Investigating bias in psychotherapy with BDSM clients 301
Learning from extraordinary lovers : lessons from the edge 325
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