Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon by Danielle J. LindemannDominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon by Danielle J. Lindemann

Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon

byDanielle J. Lindemann

Paperback | October 3, 2012

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Our lives are full of small tensions, our closest relationships full of struggle: between woman and man, artist and customer, purist and commercialist, professional and client—and between the dominant and the submissive.
 
In Dominatrix, Danielle Lindemann draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco to offer a sophisticated portrait of these unusual professionals, their work, and their clients. Prior research on sex work has focused primarily on prostitutes and most studies of BDSM absorb pro-domme/client relationships without exploring what makes them unique. Lindemann satisfies our curiosity about these paid encounters, shining a light on one of the most secretive and least understood of personal relationships and unthreading a heretofore unexamined patch of our social tapestry. Upending the idea that these erotic laborers engage in simple exchanges and revealing the therapeutic and analytic nature of their work, Lindemann makes a major contribution to cultural studies, anthropology, and queer studies with her analysis of how gender, power, sexuality, and hierarchy shape all of our social experiences.
Danielle J. Lindemann is a postdoctoral research scholar at Vanderbilt University. She lives with her husband in New York—a city she loves masochistically.
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Title:Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the DungeonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Scripting Pain: Power Exchange and the Theatrical Frame
2 All I Really Need to Know I Learned in BDSM Kindergarten: Dominatrix Careers 
3 Will the Real Pro-Domme Please Stand Up: Art, Authenticity, and Pierre Bourdieu
4 Playing Make-Believe: Fantasy and the Boundaries of Commercial Intimacy
5 Whip Therapy
6 “Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady?”: (Re)production of Gender on the Dungeon Floor

Conclusion: The Emperor’s New Leather Thong

Appendix A Methods
Appendix B Getting Collared: Pro-Dommes and the Law
Appendix C Historical Context
Appendix D Terminology
Appendix E Initial Contact E-mail
Appendix F Original Interview Schedule
Appendix G Final Interview Schedule

Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

“In wonderfully evocative vignettes and provocative analyses, Danielle J. Lindemann’s stunning ethnographic study of professional dominatrices shows just how much supposed deviance has to tell us about the normal, the ordinary, and the everyday. Theoretically innovative and methodologically perceptive, Lindemann’s work shows a sociological imagination at its most engaging.”