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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 - Painful Perversion or Pleasurable Play

Sadomasochism - Painful Perversion or Pleasurable Play Image

Bill Thompson. Cassell Publishers, 1994

Key Elements: Written by a criminologist this book shows the modern history and traces the beginning of modern sadomasochism.

Introduction – Spanner, The Non-Existent Crime
This chapter details the case that put the spotlight on sadomasochism, the law (at the time) and what the author hopes to achieve in the text.

Chapter One – Sadomasochism
In this chapter what is in the name of sadomasochism and the work of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) and the work of Iwan Bloch (1872-1922) and the impact that it had or did not have in defining sadomasochism.

Chapter Two – Psychobabble
This chapter further explores the theories of sadomasochism including Freud and drawing the line between sadomasochism and sadism, the origins of sadomasochism are covered in ‘Where do sadomasochists come from’.

Chapter Three – Popular Fallacies and Fears
The chapter looks at modern images of violence that are not perceived as violent, Mary Whitehouse, and the Christian view of sadomasochism, psychotherapy theories, and feminist separatist, and what all these views have in common.

Chapter Four- Sense and Psychologists
The difference of opinions of psychiatrists and psychologists and others regarding sadomasochism.

Chapter Five- Defending the Indefensible
In the chapter the role of sociologist in defining sadomasochism, the first major German study into the matter, a study into the American sadomasochism scene, the link to role plays, learning the ropes, pain and the gay scene, leather bars, slaves and masters (a New York study), becoming a sadomasochist and the sociology of sadomasochism

Chapter Six- The Fantasy Factory
The chapter details intellectualizing sex and why we intellectualize sex, fantasy, common fantasies and their link to sadomasochism recorded in ‘A taste for Pain’ (1981), and the important role of fantasy in sadomasochism, including a brief history of sadomasochism and how it relates to fantasy in popular culture.

Chapter Seven-Criminalizing Sadomasochism
Much is covered in this chapter, the issue of assault (the three types of assault), the definition of consent, the defence against criminalization, the court of appeal judgment, the law lords judgment, the Attorney-Generals Reference, and how all of the above was linked to gays, Satanism, and sex rings.

Chapter Eight- Mastering Slavery

The chapter focuses on sadomasochism as a question of sport and as a question of sex, bondage, the policing of sadomasochism and the law commission that investigated sadomasochism

Sadomasochism - Painful Perversion or Pleasurable Play

Sadomasochism - Painful Perversion or Pleasurable Play Image

Bill Thompson. Cassell Publishers, 1994

Key Elements: Written by a criminologist this book shows the modern history and traces the beginning of modern sadomasochism.

Introduction – Spanner, The Non-Existent Crime
This chapter details the case that put the spotlight on sadomasochism, the law (at the time) and what the author hopes to achieve in the text.

Chapter One – Sadomasochism
In this chapter what is in the name of sadomasochism and the work of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) and the work of Iwan Bloch (1872-1922) and the impact that it had or did not have in defining sadomasochism.

Chapter Two – Psychobabble
This chapter further explores the theories of sadomasochism including Freud and drawing the line between sadomasochism and sadism, the origins of sadomasochism are covered in ‘Where do sadomasochists come from’.

Chapter Three – Popular Fallacies and Fears
The chapter looks at modern images of violence that are not perceived as violent, Mary Whitehouse, and the Christian view of sadomasochism, psychotherapy theories, and feminist separatist, and what all these views have in common.

Chapter Four- Sense and Psychologists
The difference of opinions of psychiatrists and psychologists and others regarding sadomasochism.

Chapter Five- Defending the Indefensible
In the chapter the role of sociologist in defining sadomasochism, the first major German study into the matter, a study into the American sadomasochism scene, the link to role plays, learning the ropes, pain and the gay scene, leather bars, slaves and masters (a New York study), becoming a sadomasochist and the sociology of sadomasochism

Chapter Six- The Fantasy Factory
The chapter details intellectualizing sex and why we intellectualize sex, fantasy, common fantasies and their link to sadomasochism recorded in ‘A taste for Pain’ (1981), and the important role of fantasy in sadomasochism, including a brief history of sadomasochism and how it relates to fantasy in popular culture.

Chapter Seven-Criminalizing Sadomasochism
Much is covered in this chapter, the issue of assault (the three types of assault), the definition of consent, the defence against criminalization, the court of appeal judgment, the law lords judgment, the Attorney-Generals Reference, and how all of the above was linked to gays, Satanism, and sex rings.

Chapter Eight- Mastering Slavery

The chapter focuses on sadomasochism as a question of sport and as a question of sex, bondage, the policing of sadomasochism and the law commission that investigated sadomasochism

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