Title

Sexual spanking, the self, and the construction of deviance

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-26-2006

Abstract

Using interview and observation data from a group of consensual, heterosexual adults interested in sexual spanking, I describe members' sexual stories and stigma neutralization techniques. Sexual stories are situated within broader cultural contexts that help individuals construct meaning and identities. I describe group members' stories about their initial interest in sexualized spankings. Focusing on a specific event at one party, I show how these stories help to create scene-specific stigma neutralization techniques. Participants strive to differentiate themselves from sadomasochistic activities and to create normative behavioral expectations within their scenes. I conclude that all of this can ultimately be viewed as part of the complex sexual adaptations that people make. © 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Journal of Homosexuality

Volume Number

50

First Page

59

Last Page

79

Issue Number

2-3

DOI

10.1300/J082v50n02_04

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