Bound to be Free: The SM Experience

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byCharles Moser, JJ Madeson

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This work is intended to explain and demystify the world of sadomasochism (SM). It is neither a political statement nor scientific research. It is a discussion of SM, what it means to its practitioners, how it is practised, and the structure of its subculture in contemporary American society. Like all sexual behaviour, SM is more than it seems, encompassing a spectrum of physiological and psychological mechanisms. By its reliance only on observed behaviour, the outsider's view has consistently led to misconceptions and false interpretations of SM behaviour. This book moves beyond the superficial and the misleading, focusing on the actual SM experience by fully integrating the external view of the academic with the internal view of the practitioner.

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Combining clinical insights with practical experience, Bound to be Free: The SM Experience is an academic and informative exploration into the world of sadomasochism. Noted sexoligist Charles Moser, gives a scientific overview of SM and its relationship with human nature, while J.J. Madeson, a BDSM practit...

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This work is intended to explain and demystify the world of sadomasochism (SM). It is neither a political statement nor scientific research. It is a discussion of SM, what it means to its practitioners, how it is practised, and the structure of its subculture in contemporary American society. Like all sexual behaviour, SM is more tha...

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This is the first book ever to explore the phenomenon of sadomasochism from both a clinical and practicing point of view. This is the first book - co-written by J.J. Madeson, an SM practitioner, and Charles Moser, this country's foremost expert in SM behavior - to undertake a serious examination of the motivations of those who to choos...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.97 × 6.03 × 0.55 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Bloomsbury AcademicLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0826410472

ISBN - 13:9780826410474

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Combining clinical insights with practical experience, Bound to be Free: The SM Experience is an academic and informative exploration into the world of sadomasochism. Noted sexoligist Charles Moser, gives a scientific overview of SM and its relationship with human nature, while J.J. Madeson, a BDSM practitioner, discusses practical experiences with SM and gives lengthy descriptions of SM play. This is an informative observation of sadomasochism that includes such matters as safety, limits, consent and confidentiality, investigating the ways in which SM can be a very loving and alternative life-style.  

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"Perhaps the first intelligent, fully informed, fact-based discussion of what SM is ... a perspective that is uniquely accurate, sensitive, and fair in its description and interpretation of erotic sadomasochism."
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