- The Not-so-secret BDSM History of Wonder Woman
- Is Kinkophobia a Crisis in the Mental Health Field?
- The Maturation of Kink, by Race Bannon
- The Last Two Centuries of SM
- Old Guard Vs. New Guard Part 1 and Part 2
- The History of High Heels
- From Military to Kink: The History of the Armory, San Francisco’s Porn Castle
- Is Kink the Future of Monogamy?
- How the Leatherdykes helped change feminism
- Screening Sex on the 1974 gay male BDSM film Born to Raise Hell
Our Lives, Our History: Consensual Master/slave relationships from ancient times to the 21st century, the anthology on the history of consensual Master-slave relationships I edited, with the help of slave david stein, won the 2017 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award from the National Leather Association. It feels great to be recognized, and I also want to extend recognition to all of the contributors and to Master Taino’s Training Academy.
Cruz, Ariane. 2016. The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography (Sexual Cultures). New York: New York University Press
In the (now missing) tumblr post above, raceplay is called a “gross kink”, equated with “fetishizing little girls”, and placed outside the realm of sex positivity. Why exactly is raceplay on the other side of the line marked “edgeplay”? And where do black women fit within the current kink culture?
- A new documentary called Pornocracy, asks, “why has porn gotten so rough?”
- “Being kinky doesn’t make you queer“, on Autostraddle
- Mel Magazine writes about the mainstreaming of kink
- NCSF celebrates its 20th anniversary
- Programmer involved in BDSM and Gorean communities asked to leave Drupal community
- The Curious Case of Gor and BDSM
- Tom of Finland: From Gay Icon to Mainstream Sensation
- The Brothaspeak podcast has an interview with Mufasa, co-founder of the ONYX leather fetish group for people of color.
- The Daily Beast on 7 movies that do BDSM better than Fifty Shades Darker.
- The BDSM-themed Moonfyre Cafe in Portland, OR, may never open.
- Daily Xtra on why Fetlife deleted thousands of fetishes, groups, and images, and tightened its community guidelines.
- Salon.com on the sexual ramifications of the Donald Trump presidency.
Moore, Alison M. 2016 Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, Masochism, and Historical Teleology.Lanham : Lexington Books
Myths take on a life of their own, even if they don’t have any particular foundation. One of them is the idea that the violence of fascism and the Holocaust was the result of sadomasochism, or that the two phenomena have anything to do with each other. We’ve touched on the bit of glib folk-anthropology that Nazis were perverts before, but Moore analyzes more thoroughly than anybody else.
The sexual myths of modernity this book aims to unravel are those which concern masochism as a from of decadent gender subversion, sadism as a fascist return of the barbaric repressed, and current sadomasochism as a legacy of Nazism. They are myths in the sense that their proliferation has been built on poetic assertion, psychoanalytic speculation, and discursive repetition, rather than investigation, reflection or evidential grounding. [Pg.1]
Although no historians have ever attempted to produce creditable evidence that Nazi leaders were any more prone to what we might call sadomasochistic pleasures than any other political elite has been as wartime, this particular sexual myth has show surprising recurrence, persistence and capacity for re-articulation. Consequently, it has also proven to be fuel for a range of taboo sexual fantasies[….] [Pg.9-10]
I will be one of the guest speakers at a colloquium on the new Fifty Shades Darker film, set to debut on Valentine’s day, 2017. This should be a great discussion on how BDSM and the mainstream interact.
Time: Thursday, 23 February, 2017. 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: SFU-Vancouver, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Room 7000.