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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Power of Positive Beatings

posted by on April 16 at 9:31 AM


Researchers in Australia have discovered three very interesting things about folks into BDSM. First, engaging in BDSM makes people—kinky people—happy. Who’da thunk it? Second, folks into BDSM were not abused as children at higher rates than folks who aren’t into BDSM. Third, gays, lesbians, bi, and the heteroflexible—a.k.a. sexually adventurous straights—are likelier to be into BDSM.

The new sex study has revealed that two per cent of Australian men and 1.4 per cent of women admit to enjoying dominance, submission and sadomasochism-type sex in the past year…. The survey results, to be presented at the World Association of Sexual Health congress in Sydney this week, give the first snapshot of Australians involved in bondage behaviour.

These fetishes were most common among gay, lesbian and bisexual people and heterosexuals who are “bi-interested”, said Dr Richters, the lead researcher…. They were [also] no more likely to have suffered sexual difficulties, sexual abuse or coercion or anxiety than other Australians.

In fact, says Dr Richters, men into BDSM scored significantly better on a scale of psychological wellbeing than other men.

“This seems to imply that these men are actually happier as a result of their behaviour, though we’re not sure why,” she said.

“It might just be that they’re more in harmony with themselves because they’re into something unusual and are comfortable with that…. Researchers said the study helps break down the reigning stereotype that people into bondage and discipline were damaged as children and were therefore “dysfunctional”.

Hello, Dr. Drew? Please unclench long enough to stick the results of this survey up your ass.

Oh, and the reasons that GLBT folks are likelier to be into BDSM? Because queers are crazy and out of control and sexually perverted? Nope, we’re just likelier to admit being kinky. The Australian researchers interviewed 20,000 people about their sexual habits, and say they concluded that lots more Australians get into BDSM than care to admit it.

“There will definitely be more men and women who have sexual tastes in this direction but won’t call it this,” said Dr Juliet Richters, of the University of New South Wales. “[They] just happen to like being tied up and spanked as part of foreplay. “Ask them if they’re into BDSM they’ll say ‘Yuck, no’.”

These “Yuck, no” folks, it seems, were not counted among the 2 percent of men and 1.4 percent of women that “admit to enjoying dominance, submission and sadomasochism-type sex.” People that are openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual are likelier to own up to—and happily indulge—their kinks and fetishes. For us, coming out is the mountain and kink is the molehill. Before we can be sexually active we have to let go of “normal.” Once you’ve embraced your sexual difference—and perhaps paid a steep price for your honesty and integrity—what point is there in not doing the things that really turn you on?

For straights, on the other hand, kink is the mountain. Straight people don’t have to let go of “normal” to be straight. So often kinky straight people have a harder time embracing their kinks. Half my mail at “Savage Love” is from straight men and women who want to be reassured that their kinks—from BDSM to cross-dressing to fucking animals (!)—are “normal.” Kinky gays and lesbians never ask me if their “normal.” They’re not, they know it, they’ve moved on, and they’re happier for it.

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I'm with Dr. Drew that fetishes are the inability to be intimate. I was formerly involved with that world but no longer.
I bet some people in that survey dabbled in some light B&D but didn't go too far.
People I knew heavily into it are detached and can't form a loving bond with another human. Call it kinky and fun if you want. I call it defective.

Posted by Anonie | April 16, 2007 11:03 AM

Ahh, so that's what the Dr. Drew reference means.

Anonie, maybe they were detached from you because you considered them 'defective'. I think detached people unable to form a loving bond aren't restricted to those into BDSM. Plenty of "missionary-only" people such as yourself also have difficulty forming loving bonds.

Posted by him | April 16, 2007 11:24 AM

Very interesting stuff. Most people still assume that kinky people are miserable in some way. The reason I stopped reading "The Courage to Heal" (the popular sexual abuse survivors' guide) is because they claimed that all BDSM fantasies and activities stemmed from abuse, and were inherently unhealthy. A lot of therapists seem to advocate this as well. "Oh, you're just re-creating your abuse, you have to stop or you'll never heal, etc., etc."

This just always stuck me as bullshit, and I'm happy to see people seriously studying it coming to the same conclusions.

(N.B. The Courage to Heal authors also claimed that abuse survivors often gain psychic powers--seriously.)

Posted by Cate | April 16, 2007 12:44 PM

"...fetishes are the inability to be intimate." just look at that statement. even one example of a long-term loving, healthy relationship between two fetishists, or (more commonly) one ggg partner and one fetishist would serve to disprove this ridiculous assertion. in fact, there must exist thousands, if not tens of thousands of such relationships, anonie. nice try.

Posted by ellarosa | April 16, 2007 1:42 PM

I'd say inability to admit to the existence of healthy fetishes and to be open and honest with a partner about the fetishes s/he might have is more likely to throw roadblocks in the way of intimacy than the consensual use of a gag and a flogger. But hey, thats just from someone whos formed lasting, healthy relationships and friendships through the BDSM community.

Posted by Pete | April 16, 2007 2:52 PM

Saturday night my sexy girl used her new medical-issue restraints to strap me to our bed, put a hardcore ball-crusher on my nuts, screwed it down, put clamps on my nipples, and slapped some duct tape over my mouth. Then she went and took a shower and got dressed while I suffered and waited on the bed.

Eventually she came in, straddled my face, lifted her skirt, and sat on my face while I ate her out as she slowly tightened the ball crusher. I was screaming by the time she came. Then she untied me and told me I wasn't allowed to beat off because she wanted to have sex with me when we got home from the show we were going to. Before we left she handed me a glass and told me to drink it. It was her piss from before her shower. I knelt before her, drank her piss, kisser her feet, then we got dressed and went to see a band.

We've been together for seven years, we have a three year-old daughter (at grandma's house for a sleepover), and we love each other like mad.

Fuck you, Anonie.

Posted by Long-Suffering Straight Boy | April 16, 2007 3:08 PM


Posted by Anonie | April 16, 2007 4:30 PM

You go right ahead and laugh your ass off, Anonie. I'm getting my rocks off -- and so is my wife. We'd rather be fucking and loving each other and rocking each other's worlds than sitting at home alone, just a bitter douche bag convinced that his/her experience trumps everyone else's reality.

Kink and love can go together, people. Don't let bitter dicks tell you otherwise.

Posted by Long-Suffering Straight Boy | April 16, 2007 4:38 PM

Good on you, Long-Suffering Straight Boy, but don't let "Anonie" get to you. Debating with internet trolls is a whole 'nother level of masochism.

Posted by Cate | April 16, 2007 6:25 PM

I know this isn't really relevant anymore, since it was posted yesterday (damn being too busy at work to read the Slog)...anyway, I think at the end you meant, "Kinky gays and lesbians never ask me if THEY'RE normal".

Okay, I'm done being an annoying to be spanked by my girlfriend...

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