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Didn’t you know BDSM is akin to yoga? Well, it is!

Thurs. 10 July 2014

A new visitor to my studio this week reminded me of the fact that those of us who seek satisfactions outside the mainstream, at least in certain areas of life, should not take for granted hard-fought-for rights, if not greater acceptance in society. In this respect it is somewhat ironic that one of the biggest steps forward in recent years has probably been facilitated by that dreadful piece of “literature” (using the term very loosely) known as Fifty Shades of Grey.

That is, for many, many years there have been individuals and organisations internationally that have been campaigning to have laws changed, even medical edicts revised, so that practitioners of BDSM are not stigmatised or worse. And after all this time and all this effort, we are in need of these campaigns as much as ever, and this is why it’s ironic that a plagiarised and dreadfully written trilogy of mass-marketed paperbacks can bring BDSM to the attention of the mainstream in, well, such a mass way, and more likely than not been the catalyst for many in said mainstream society discovering they are not so “mainstream” in certain tastes, after all.

So of what did my new studio visitor remind me, and how did he do that? He sent me a link to a science-oriented article that presents research evidence of the therapeutic effects of BDSM: The new yoga? Sadomasochism leads to altered states, study finds.

And this, in turn, reminded me of all the other articles I’ve read in the past, online and in books and learned journals, that have presented different evidence but drawn similar conclusions. Yet the international world of psychiatry still formally lists BDSM as on the edge of normality and something to be wary of lest it be pathological – and that represents progress in recent years, before which the view was that BDSM was a pathological condition and harmful. To this extent, a Norway-based campaign group, Revise F65, deserves recognition; and here is an example of their work: No more psychopathology among BDSM-people.

I trust you will join me in raising a glass of champagne to those who have studied, researched and published, and those who have often and in many varied ways fought on our behalf for a very long time.

And finally, if you’re interested in my previous articles on sexual politics, then please follow this link, which will take you to my first major piece on these topics (and it has links to my other related News items): ‘Extreme porn’ and internet censorship.

Mistress Geo