Title

Sexual spanking, the self, and the construction of deviance

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

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

Publication Name

Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures

First Page

59

Last Page

79

DOI

10.4324/9781315801582

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