The word “Doula” comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “a woman who serves” (http://www.dona.org/mothers/) and today, the word has been given to those woman who serve the needs of other woman during childbirth. Continue reading
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.