By Staci Newmahr
Representations of consensual sadomasochism diversity from the darkish, seedy undergrounds of crime thrillers to the fetishized pornographic photos of sitcoms and erotica. during this pathbreaking booklet, ethnographer Staci Newmahr delves into the social house of a public, pansexual SM neighborhood to appreciate sadomasochism from the interior out. in keeping with 4 years of in-depth and immersive player remark, she juxtaposes her stories within the box with the existence tales of neighborhood participants, delivering a richly designated portrait of SM as a social area within which stories of "violence" intersect with stories of the erotic. She exhibits that SM is a leisure and deeply gendered risk-taking recreation, wherein contributors negotiate limitations among chaos and order. taking part in at the aspect demanding situations our assumptions approximately sadomasochism, sexuality, eroticism, and emotional adventure, exploring what we suggest via intimacy, and the way, precisely, we in achieving it.
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