Thinking Kink: The Collision of BDSM, Feminism and Popular by Catherine Scott

By Catherine Scott

Whilst the mildly kink-themed trilogy 50 colors of gray grew to become well known analyzing in 2012, the media speculated that feminism was once in opposite, because the public went mad over bondage and self-discipline, domination and submission and sadomasochism (BDSM). The novels provoked educational debate approximately BDSM and the problems it increases for feminists. Is the feminine dominant actually robust or is she simply one other objectified physique? Does lesbian BDSM stay away from the complex nature of hetero kink, or is it really extra topic to the "male gaze" of feminist conception? and what's it approximately kink that has creators of dad culture—from Anne Rice to the manufacturers of Scrubs—using it to draw audiences? interpreting the tropes of kink in books, television exhibits, movie and the tune undefined, this paintings addresses those and different questions that depictions of BDSM bring up for the feminist viewers. the writer interweaves her personal examine and reports within the BDSM scene with the subculture's portrayal within the media.

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Cue Jim donning leather shorts and studded codpiece, plus leather suspenders and collar, and arranging himself alluringly on the bed while a house party takes place around him. The comedy element is already clear—how humiliating for a man to have to dress like that! What does he look like? ” When Jim says, “I’m not going to fight you, I’m an adult,” AJ’s response is, “Really? ” The feminine epithets and the assumption that submission equals weakness for a man (and also that being scantily clad and in leather equates submissive status) all fit into a sexist and mocking view of male submissives.

The feminine epithets and the assumption that submission equals weakness for a man (and also that being scantily clad and in leather equates submissive status) all fit into a sexist and mocking view of male submissives. The scene descends into a brawl between the “class of 99" and the younger troublemakers. In keeping with the rest of their relationship, it is Michelle who comes to Jim’s defense, appearing in a PVC catsuit and platform heels and attacking one of his teenage assailants with a riding crop.

Furthermore, the conflating of consensual BDSM with the violence and coercion of fascist regimes (Nazism, Stalinism) does little to disperse the public perception of kink as abusive, dark and twisted. Granted, the use of military uniforms and the accompanying imagery does find its way into some people’s BDSM play, but it’s by no means a kink held by many or even the majority of 25 Thinking Kink BDSM practitioners (On the kinky social networking site FetLife 40 people report themselves as having the fetish “Girls in military uniform who can kick ass,” whereas over 50,000 are into “schoolgirl uniform”).

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