Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy

Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk, and Intimacy

Staci Newmahr


Representations of consensual sadomasochism variety from the darkish, seedy undergrounds of crime thrillers to the fetishized pornographic pictures of sitcoms and erotica. during this pathbreaking publication, ethnographer Staci Newmahr delves into the social area of a public, pansexual SM neighborhood to appreciate sadomasochism from the interior out. in response to 4 years of in-depth and immersive player commentary, she juxtaposes her reports within the box with the lifestyles tales of neighborhood contributors, supplying a richly special portrait of SM as a social house within which reviews of "violence" intersect with reviews of the erotic. She indicates that SM is a leisure and deeply gendered risk-taking undertaking, wherein individuals negotiate limitations among chaos and order. enjoying at the part demanding situations our assumptions approximately sadomasochism, sexuality, eroticism, and emotional event, exploring what we suggest through intimacy, and the way, precisely, we in achieving it.

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