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BDSM (bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadomasochism)
The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015)
  • Margot Weiss, Wesleyan University
BDSM is the consensual exchange of power for pleasure. BDSM is an acronym made up of three term-sets: bondage and discipline (B&D), domination and submission (D/s), and sadomasochism (SM, S/M, or S&M). Although practices similar to those in contemporary BDSM communities have existed in most places and times, BDSM communities are a phenomenon of industrialized capitalist societies.
  • BDSM,
  • S&M,
  • sexual communities
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Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Citation Information
Margot Weiss. "BDSM (bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadomasochism)" The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015)
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