Sexual spanking, the self, and the construction of deviance
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.
Journal of Homosexuality
Plante, Rebecca F., "Sexual spanking, the self, and the construction of deviance" (2006). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1855.