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Hot bi babes and feminist families: Polyamorous women speak out

Ritchie, Ani and Barker, Meg (2007). Hot bi babes and feminist families: Polyamorous women speak out. Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 8(2) pp. 141–151.

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Much academic literature on SM (sadomasochism) still portrays it as anti-feminist with authors arguing that, for example, SM reproduces and reinforces heterosexual gendered hierarchies and power imbalances. This study explored how women who identify as SMers understand and explain their practices in relation to feminist principles and gendered dynamics. An in-depth focus group discussion was conducted with a group of women who practice SM. Participants were involved in designing and managing the discussion and in analysing the transcripts. It is clear that these women did not perceive their SM practices to be necessarily incompatible with a feminist agenda. The potential for SM scenes to subvert or reveal traditional gendered dynamics was discussed and themes of distinguishing fantasy from reality and the importance of choice emerged.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1467-2472
Keywords: Gender; feminism; sadomasochism (SM); women;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 17251
Depositing User: Users 8877 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 10:34
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:56
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