Against Sadomasochism

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Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis
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Author Robin Ruth Linden (editor)
Alice Walker
Robin Morgan
Kathleen Barry
Diana E. H. Russell
Susan Leigh Star
Ti-Grace Atkinson
John Stoltenberg
Sarah Lucia Hoagland
Susan Griffin
Cheri Lesh
Judith Butler
Audre Lorde
Subject Sadomasochism, Radical feminism
Genre Anthology
Publisher Frog in the Well
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 212
ISBN 0-960-36283-5
OCLC 7877113

Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis is a 1982 radical feminist anthology edited by Robin Ruth Linden, Darlene R. Pagano, Diana E. H. Russell, and Susan Leigh Star. The essays in the book critique sadomasochism and BDSM from a feminist perspective, with most of the contributors identifying sadomasochism as rooted in "patriarchal sexual ideology".[1]

The compilation includes essays by a variety of radical feminists such as Alice Walker, Robin Morgan, Kathleen Barry, Diana E. H. Russell, Susan Leigh Star, Ti-Grace Atkinson, John Stoltenberg, Sarah Lucia Hoagland, Susan Griffin, Cheri Lesh, and Judith Butler. The anthology also includes an interview between Audre Lorde and Susan Leigh Star. The essays address issues such as whether lesbian feminism is compatible with sadomasochism, S/M's similarities with pornography, and the connections between sadomasochism and racism.[2] Several essays criticize Samois, a BDSM organization founded by and for lesbians.

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  1. ^ Murphy, Timothy (2000). Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. p. 467. ISBN 1-57958-142-0. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rich, B. Ruby (1998). Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. p. 368. ISBN 0-82232-121-1. Retrieved September 20, 2012.