Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

By: Margot Weiss (author)Paperback

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Techniques of Pleasure is a vivid portrayal of the San Francisco Bay Area's pansexual BDSM (SM) community. Margot Weiss conducted ethnographic research at dungeon play parties and at workshops on bondage, role play, and flogging, and she interviewed more than sixty SM practitioners. She describes a scene devoted to a form of erotic play organized around technique, rules and regulations, consumerism, and self-mastery. Challenging the notion that SM is inherently transgressive, Weiss links the development of commodity-oriented sexual communities and the expanding market for sex toys to the eroticization of gendered, racialized, and national inequalities. She analyzes the politics of BDSM's spectacular performances, including those that dramatize heterosexual male dominance, slave auctions, and US imperialism, and contends that the SM scene is not a "safe space" separate from real-world inequality. It depends, like all sexual desire, on social hierarchies. Based on this analysis, Weiss theorizes late-capitalist sexuality as a circuit-one connecting the promise of new emancipatory pleasures to the reproduction of raced and gendered social norms.

About Author

Margot Weiss is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University.

Contents

A Note on Terminology vii Acknowledgments xiii Introduction. Toward a Performative Materialism 1 1. Setting the Scene: SM Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area 34 2. Becoming a Practitioner: Self-Mastery, Social Control, and the Biopolitics of SM 61 3. The Toy Bag: Exchange Economies and the Body at Play 101 4. Beyond Vanilla: Public Politics and Private Selves 143 5. Sex Play and Social Power: Reading the Effective Circuit 187 Appendix. Interviewee Vignettes 233 Notes 241 References 269 Index 291

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822351597
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780822351597
  • ISBN10: 0822351595

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