- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Frog in the Well; Paperback edition (June 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0960362835
- ISBN-13: 978-0960362837
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis Paperback Edition
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Yet, the whole book is still mostly a "second wave" argument, only considering gender as a dichotomous variable and seeing everything as static. The whole dynamic of sadomasochism would fundamentally change if we treat gender as a continuous variable and view sadomasochism beyond the uni-directional power game between male and female.
The most intimate act between two adults is sex. Since it does not occur in a bubble, in order for us to effect change in the deepest sense of our beings in the present and future, we must look at major views towards sex in the past. This book offers many essays in regards to the pervasiveness as sadomasochism, much more than the new fringe 'lifestyle' known as bdsm - it is about unequal power relationships, in particular that of patriarchy in which men control women to guarantee sex; their orgasms being deemed more important than a woman's dignity. The question is not about consent or denying that sex is a need, but about what one is consenting to. Sexual objectification denies the feelings and humanness, of individuality, of "other." It is a precursor to degradation, and has simply taken other forms - covert, reworded, disguised under pretenses of consent, trust, free choice, and desire (assuming that all desires are good).