Title

Unbuckling the shackles: A sex-positive feminist defense of BDSM

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Philosophia (Philippines)

Volume

19

Issue

2

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

It is not enough to simply claim that one has every right to do whatever they desire to do because there is always the possibility of false empowerment. Through the presence of BDSM in mass media, it has caught enough attention for it to elicit influence and uneducated inclusion to their lifestyle. I attempt to revive the debate between the abolitionist versus the sex-positive because there is a necessity to provide a critical analysis of BDSM today in the age of post-sex revolution. Despite of the backlash it received from the thinkers from different walks of field, it is an empowering act because there is mutual respect, condemnation of abuse, and recognition of one’s individuality despite of its coercive, violent, and possessive act. © 2018 Philippine National Philosophical Research Society. All rights reserved.

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Disciplines

Gender and Sexuality

Keywords

Bondage (Sexual behavior); Sex role; Power (Social sciences); Sadism; Masochism

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