|Publisher||Frog in the Well|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
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 authors critique sadomasochism and BDSM from a feminist perspective, with most identifying sadomasochism as rooted in "patriarchal sexual ideology".
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, Darlene Pagano, Susan Griffin, Cheri Lesh, and Judith Butler. Butler, credited as "Judy Butler," criticized sadomasochism and the Samois collective in her essay "Lesbian S&M: The Politics of Dis-Illusion." The anthology also includes an interview between Audre Lorde and Susan Leigh Star. The essays express opposition to sadomasochism from a number of different viewpoints. Three pieces, a letter by Alice Walker, the interview with Audre Lorde, and a conversation between Karen Sims, Darlene Pagano, and Rose Mason, criticize the movement as insensitive to the experiences of Black women, particularly criticizing "master/slave" relationships. Susan Leigh Star criticizes the use of swastikas and other Nazi imagery by some BDSM practitioners as anti-Semitic and racist. Marissa Jonel and Elizabeth Harris's articles are accounts of personal experiences with sadomasochism, and Paula Tiklicorect and Melissa Bay Mathis use satire in their pieces. Several essays criticize Samois, a BDSM organization founded by and for lesbians. Susan Griffin's article, reprinted from her book Pornography and Silence with an introduction, criticizes Story of O, the book from which Samois took their name. Griffin argues that Story of O shows "how a pornographic society turns a woman's heart against herself."
In a review for lesbian feminist magazine off our backs, Carol Anne Douglas highly recommended the book, praising its arguments as convincing and calling parts of the book "moving." Charles Moser wrote a negative review for The Journal of Sex Research, admitting that the essays are "well-written" but nonetheless calling the book "infuriating." Moser compares the feminist arguments against sadomasochism in the book to religious arguments against homosexuality, saying both of these cause unnecessary guilt.
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- Sims, Karen; Mason, Rose; Pagano, Darlene (1982). "Racism and Sadomasochism: A Conversation with Two Black Lesbians". In Linden, Robin Ruth; Pagano, Darlene R.; Russell, Diana E. H.; et al. Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis. San Francisco: Frog in the Well. pp. 99–105.
- Star, Susan Leigh (1982). "Swastikas: The Street and the University". In Linden, Robin Ruth; Pagano, Darlene P.; Russell, Diana E. H.; et al. Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis. San Francisco: Frog in the Well. pp. 131–6.
- Griffin, Susan (1982). "Sadomasochism and the Erosion of Self: A Critical Reading of Story of O". In Linden, Robin Ruth; Pagano, Darlene R.; Russell, Diana E. H.; et al. Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis. San Francisco: Frog in the Well. pp. 184–201.
- douglas, carol anne (February 1984). "against sadomasochism: a radical feminist analysis". off our backs. 14 (2): 25. JSTOR 25794279.
- Moser, Charles (Nov 1984). "Book Review". The Journal of Sex Research. 20 (4): 417–9. doi:10.1080/00224498409551239. JSTOR 3812200.
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