BDSM 101


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Is BDSM a safe and healthy sexual lifestyle? Cristen and Caroline guide listeners through the basics of Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism and why it isn't what '50 Shades of Grey' readers might think it is.

[Disclaimer: Some of the photos and ads included in the sources below are NSFW.]

Episode Sources:

"BDSM" http://www.submissiveguide.com/encyclopedia/bdsm/

"Beyond 50 Shades: The Reality Behind 3 Myths About BDSM" http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/myths-about-bdsm/

"BDSM" http://bitchmagazine.org/tag/bdsm

"'Pleasure Bound': The Victorian era's kinky side" http://www.salon.com/2011/02/20/victorians_2/

"The Old Guard History, Origins and Traditions" http://www.evilmonk.org/a/oldguard.cfm

"Man Ray, Lee Miller and William Seabrook: 1930s Bondage" http://historyofbdsm.com/2014/03/man-ray-lee-miller-and-william-seabrook-bondage/#more-2817

"Reviews: Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist" http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/sick-the-life-and-death-of-bob-flanagan-supermasochist-1997

"Kinky Sex: When Did BDSM Become So Wildly Popular?" http://www.alternet.org/story/147084/kinky_sex%3A_when_did_bdsm_become_so_wildly_popular

"BDSM, Personality and Mental Health" https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201307/bdsm-personality-and-mental-health

"Bondage Benefits: Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People" http://www.livescience.com/34832-bdsm-healthy-psychology.html

"BDSM and Feminism: 'Stop Telling Me What I'm Supposed to Like, D*mn It.'" http://jezebel.com/5666107/bdsm-and-feminism-stop-telling-me-what-im-supposed-to-like-dmn-it

"Thinking Kink: Does Female Submission Mean Oppression?" http://bitchmagazine.org/post/thinking-kink-female-submissives-BDSM-feminist-magazine-sex-consent

"Thinking Kink: Playing with Race in BDSM" http://bitchmagazine.org/post/thinking-kink-bdsm-and-playing-with-race-sex-sexuality

"Black Pervert" http://www.truestoriesproductions.com/

Academic Insights:

"Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities." David M. Ortmann and Richard A. Sprott. 2013. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=OSY3uy8xcogC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=man+ray+bdsm&ots=pKGa-_kf7q&sig=jICf8Sf2iRT4gd_8oz7UDIlCpi4#v=onepage&q=man%20ray%20bdsm&f=false

"Consensual Sadomasochistic Sex (BDSM): The Roots, the Risks, and the Distinctions Between BDSM and Violence." Eva Jozifkova. Current Psychiatry Reports. August 2013. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11920-013-0392-1

"Between You and Me: Man Ray's 'Object to Be Destroyed.'" Janine Mileaf. Art Journal. Spring 2004. http://www.mariabuszek.com/ucd/Thesis/MileafRayObjectTBD.pdf

"Mainstreaming Kink: The Politics of BDSM Representation in U.S. Popular Media." Margot D. Weiss. Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. 2006. https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/home/mdweiss/pubs/weiss.pdf

"BDSM and Popular Culture." Ummni Khan and Meg John Barker. City University London seminar. Oct. 22, 2014. http://www.city.ac.uk/events/2014/oct/bdsm-and-popular-culture

"An examination of personality characteristics associated with BDSM orientations." Ali Hebert and Angela Weaver. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 2014. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/97454743/examination-personality-characteristics-associated-bdsm-orientations

"BDSM practitioners' understandings of their initial attraction to BDSM sexuality: essentialist and constructionist narratives." Megan R. Yost and L.E. Hunter. Psychology & Sexuality. September 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19419899.2012.700028?journalCode=rpse20#.VQ8Sro7F-PU

Topics in this Podcast: sex, pop culture, history, psychology, sexuality, sexual health