Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives Sadomasochism Hardcover – 1 Mar 2008
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'One could say that Safe, Sane and Consensual poses more questions than it answers, but it is not necessarily a criticism – it was high time that these questions were asked, dispelling some damaging stereotypes in the process.' - Toni Brennan, Feminism & Psychology
'[A]n impressive collection of empirical, theoretical, historical, clinical, personal, and legal perspectives on sadomasochism and related practices...The collection spans an impressive array of subjects, beginning with a section on the history and basic principles of S/M that would likely work well for graduate and undergraduate students as well as those unfamiliar with or underinformed about S/M... [B]oth in its scope and in its sensitivity to the multi-faceted dimensions of S/M practices, [it] offers a unique and much needed look at S/M as powerful, revealing, and nonpathological.' - Breanne Fahs, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
'The book is a valuable contribution to the field...In the face of a scarcity of research into S/M culture and practice, the book provides an excellent entry point into many of the discussions around S/M. Its didactic structure, its attempts to dispel common myths and stereotypes, and the lack of heavy theoretical jargon turns it a good teaching source.' - Christian Klesse, Sexualities
This book includes work on sadomasochism from across the social sciences including discussions of the history and culture of SM, medical and legal issues, along with theory and original research on the topic. With contributions from academics, practitioners and activists, this book represents some of the most recent cutting edge work in the field.See all Product description
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This is a necessary publication as within the professional literature there are a great many books and articles that do not seek to trouble what are often misunderstood psychodynamic notions of sexuality, and instead pillory consensual BDSM from an indefensible standpoint. (As an aside it is interesting to note that one of the tags suggested by Amazon.co.uk is 'pathological psychology'!) Alternatively, there are those, often writing from within this much maligned community, for whom the very notion of problematising BDSM is anathema. This academic book bridges that divide by investigating considered notions of safe, sane and consensual BDSM that will be of use to experts and lay people alike.