Women's perspectives of BDSM power exchange

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Author: Emily E. Prior
Date: Annual 2013
Publisher: The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
Document Type: Report
Length: 11,421 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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Through interviews and field work, the complexity of BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominant/submissive, sadist/masochist) power exchange is articulated as a continuance of third wave feminism, wherein women explore sexuality on their own terms. This particular type of power exchange is analyzed within the context of contemporary definitions as they apply to thirteen women from Los Angeles and their sexual and emotional relationships. It is concluded that the BDSM power exchange relationships these women engage in are complex, and fulfill personal, emotional, and sexual needs.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A365455101