Knowledge

This section contains recommendations of books for LGBTIQ and gender and sexual diversity therapists and clients, and provides links to other suitable organisations.

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Sadomasochism - Powerful Pleasures

Sadomasochism - Powerful Pleasures Image

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD. and Charles Moser, PhD, MD, editors. Harrington Park Press, 2006
(co-published simultaneously as Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 50, Numbers 2/3 2006)


Key Elements:
The essays in this book take a hard look at SM from a clinical research perspective and would interest anyone who would like to understand more about the topic from a researcher’s point of view.

Introduction:
The State of Our Knowledge on SM. An overview of what is currently known about SM
Sadomasochism and the Social Sciences. A Review of the Sociological and Social Psychological Literature. the characteristics and the identity of the sadomasochistic subculture is briefly summarised
Differences and Similarities Between Gay and Straight Individual Involved in the Sadomasochistic Subculture. Focuses primarily on heterosexual and homosexual males and the sexual themes that were identified in the two groups
Sexual Spanking, the Self and the Construction of Deviance. Using interviews and observations of consensual heterosexual adults who are interested in sexual spanking, their sexual stories and stigma neutralisation techniques are summarised to show how their sexual stories are placed in a wider cultural context that helps those who practice spanking construct meaning, and build identities
24/7 SM Slavery. Using an on line questionnaire are described in this study of people who are living as 24/7 SM slaves
Mainstream Kink: The Politics of BDSM. Representation in U.S. Popular Media
Covers the way in which BDSM is viewed by the mainstream U.S. media, its representation is contrasted with the sexual norms of American culture
Understanding Sadomasochism: An Empirical Examination of Four Perspectives. Taking the findings of four different studies this article looks into what motivates ‘Tops’ and ‘Bottoms’ to participate in SM, contrasting the finds of the study and drawing the conclusion that expressions of power is the motivating factor behind the participation in SM and not giving and receiving pain
The Spanner Trials and the Changing Law on Sadomasochism in the U.K. Using the outcome of the Spanner Trials as a starting point to explore the issues of a consent and privacy as they relate to the practice of SM under British and European law. The difference is the perception of SM under the law when applied to gay men and heterosexual couples is also covered.
Negotiating Limits: The Legal Status of SM in the United States. The origin of SM and how it is treated by the American legal system
Discrimination of SM-Identified Individual. A summary of the discrimination, harassment and physical attacks that are suffered by individual identified as practicing SM
Sadomasochistic Interest as an Issue in a Child Custody Proceeding. How a mother’s practice of SM affected her child custody battle, includes the cost that leading an alternative lifestyle can have in a child custody battle and what can happen when the DSM-IV is misused
The International Classification of Diseases of Fetishism and Sadomasochism
. How sexual deviation is psychiatrically diagnosed and how it appears in the ICD-10
SM International . SM in Brazil, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Norway are written about including some contact details for groups in those countries
Psychotherapeutic Issues with ‘Kinky’ Clients: Clinical Problems, Yours and Theirs. From a BDSM affirmative point of view the author looks at the negative perspective of BDSM that some psychotherapist may have BDSM practices
Investigating Bias in Psychotherapy with BDSM Clients. The concerns of the BDSM practitioners who received psychological care are documented in an on line survey and the findings are evaluated
Learning from Extraordinary Lovers: Lessons from the Edge. What clinicians are able to learn from the individual who have sex lives that vary from normal heterosexual intercourse and the differences between their sex lives and normal heterosexual ones

Sadomasochism - Powerful Pleasures

Sadomasochism - Powerful Pleasures Image

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD. and Charles Moser, PhD, MD, editors. Harrington Park Press, 2006
(co-published simultaneously as Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 50, Numbers 2/3 2006)


Key Elements:
The essays in this book take a hard look at SM from a clinical research perspective and would interest anyone who would like to understand more about the topic from a researcher’s point of view.

Introduction:
The State of Our Knowledge on SM. An overview of what is currently known about SM
Sadomasochism and the Social Sciences. A Review of the Sociological and Social Psychological Literature. the characteristics and the identity of the sadomasochistic subculture is briefly summarised
Differences and Similarities Between Gay and Straight Individual Involved in the Sadomasochistic Subculture. Focuses primarily on heterosexual and homosexual males and the sexual themes that were identified in the two groups
Sexual Spanking, the Self and the Construction of Deviance. Using interviews and observations of consensual heterosexual adults who are interested in sexual spanking, their sexual stories and stigma neutralisation techniques are summarised to show how their sexual stories are placed in a wider cultural context that helps those who practice spanking construct meaning, and build identities
24/7 SM Slavery. Using an on line questionnaire are described in this study of people who are living as 24/7 SM slaves
Mainstream Kink: The Politics of BDSM. Representation in U.S. Popular Media
Covers the way in which BDSM is viewed by the mainstream U.S. media, its representation is contrasted with the sexual norms of American culture
Understanding Sadomasochism: An Empirical Examination of Four Perspectives. Taking the findings of four different studies this article looks into what motivates ‘Tops’ and ‘Bottoms’ to participate in SM, contrasting the finds of the study and drawing the conclusion that expressions of power is the motivating factor behind the participation in SM and not giving and receiving pain
The Spanner Trials and the Changing Law on Sadomasochism in the U.K. Using the outcome of the Spanner Trials as a starting point to explore the issues of a consent and privacy as they relate to the practice of SM under British and European law. The difference is the perception of SM under the law when applied to gay men and heterosexual couples is also covered.
Negotiating Limits: The Legal Status of SM in the United States. The origin of SM and how it is treated by the American legal system
Discrimination of SM-Identified Individual. A summary of the discrimination, harassment and physical attacks that are suffered by individual identified as practicing SM
Sadomasochistic Interest as an Issue in a Child Custody Proceeding. How a mother’s practice of SM affected her child custody battle, includes the cost that leading an alternative lifestyle can have in a child custody battle and what can happen when the DSM-IV is misused
The International Classification of Diseases of Fetishism and Sadomasochism
. How sexual deviation is psychiatrically diagnosed and how it appears in the ICD-10
SM International . SM in Brazil, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Norway are written about including some contact details for groups in those countries
Psychotherapeutic Issues with ‘Kinky’ Clients: Clinical Problems, Yours and Theirs. From a BDSM affirmative point of view the author looks at the negative perspective of BDSM that some psychotherapist may have BDSM practices
Investigating Bias in Psychotherapy with BDSM Clients. The concerns of the BDSM practitioners who received psychological care are documented in an on line survey and the findings are evaluated
Learning from Extraordinary Lovers: Lessons from the Edge. What clinicians are able to learn from the individual who have sex lives that vary from normal heterosexual intercourse and the differences between their sex lives and normal heterosexual ones

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