By A. Beckmann

ISBN-10: 0230244920

ISBN-13: 9780230244924

ISBN-10: 1349356778

ISBN-13: 9781349356775

This e-book deconstructs the pathologizing class of 'sadomasochism' which will account for the 'lived realities' of consensual 'SM' play, emphasizing the relationship among the corporeal and the political in modern shopper cultures. It discusses the homogenization of hope and possession and use of 'body' and 'sexual ethics'.

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The social construction of ‘sexuality’ served in Foucault’s view as a strategical access-tool to the individual body operating through the ‘discipline of the body’ and, on the side of the population, operating in the form of ‘bio-politics’. The ‘body’ thus is structured through social constructions of ‘sexuality’ based on a concept of ‘libido’ which in turn shape the representations of ‘gendered sexual bodies’. The necessities of external self-presentation (Goffman 1967) of ‘appropriate bodies’ are intimately linked to the social constructions of ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’ and are given a crucial relevance in the ‘panopticon’ (Foucault 1975) of day-to-day interaction.

Masochism in the male. Methods: torture, sometimes self-inflicted, by beating, chaining, strangulation, electric shock, tying a cord round the penis. It can lead to injury and even to self-inflicted fatalities. Masochism in the female. This can also be heterosexual or homosexual or can take the form of automasochism. The methods are similar to those employed by the male. In automasochism objects may be introduced into the genitals, into the urinary passage (masochistic urethralism), into the bladder or into the rectum (masochistic analism).

The marginalization of socially censured acts prevents the questioning of the constructed norm. The nearly institutionalized understanding of ‘sexuality’ by means of psychiatric as well as psychoanalytical knowledge, semi-knowledge or lay-knowledge is problematic, as it also serves as a tool to medicalize ‘sexuality’. ‘Sexuality’, as already indicated, acquires a meaning of potential risk from its very beginnings and the adaptation of the technique of inquisitorial confession by modern ‘technologies of the self’ aimed at control over its potential risks.

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