50 Shades of Hype

EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey has turned the world of erotica to a whole new level. Teenagers, mothers, fathers, and even students are addicted to this novel and with the moving premiering soon, 50 Shades of Grey is everywhere. Originally starting of as Twilight fan fiction, 50 Shades has grown to accumulate its own fan club. My question is why the hype?

 

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…But Chains and Whips Excite Me

In “The Time Of The Sadomasochist,” Darren Langdridge gives an account of how of BDSM practitioners have formed communities to pursue their sexual interests and protect their practices from stigmatization by legal and medical institutions. The article begins with a brief discussion of how the view of BDSM psychoanalytic theory inherited from Freud served to pathologize it, the most glaring example being the fact that sadism and masochism are included as mental disorders in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of The American Psychiatric Association). Next it summarizes a legal case where police in the UK arrested 16 gay men for participation in consensual sadomasochistic sex and either fined or imprisoned them for up to 4 years.

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