9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS17 Sociology of Celebration

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Imagination and Togetherness Building AA, AA.329

Imaginated Slavery. What happens at sadomasochistic parties

Sadomasochistic slavery in algophile milieus begins with (various, but typically not violent) procedures of negotiation in which one person (for whatever reason) is induced to take on a role, according to the will of another person, in an "erotic" game. What follows is principally the carrying out of sexually connoted physical and/or mental violence in the one role, and the endurance of this violence in the other. The many and various historical forms of common slavery, by contrast, usually begin with an act of violence - concretely, with the enslavement of a person against his will, i.e. with the appropriation of the power of control over the body of one person by another. What follows does not necessarily need to include further acts of violence on the part of the slaveholder. In short, common slavery means the enslavement of a person (or his antecedents) through an initial act of violence and the bondage of this person through the threat of (unlimited) physical violence at any time. "Slavery" in the sadomasochist milieu described here means inducing a person to agree voluntarily to take on a role in an erotic game that is essentially defined by the continued carrying out or sufferance of physical and/or mental violence.