Monday, March 30, 2009
"Sub"mitted for your perusal...
Below is a website with a link to a 46-page survey, which claims to be the most "detailed survey yet performed of BDSM services". There is also an email list which you may be added to, which updates subscribers with conclusions the researchers draw from analyzing the questionaire. There is still time to fill out the survey and submit it, although they say they have all of the results they need to make preliminary assessments. The survey seems to be the brainchild of the author of, "On the Safe Edge: A Manual for SM Play".
Sex Research Survey
If you read through the survey, it is really quite in-depth. I can't wait to see what conclusions they come to, although I am a little apprehensive about it's perceived validity, seeing as how it is not coming from a scholarly organization. A part of me wants to give academia the finger and say bugger off, but another part of me wonders how accepted the results will be if they are simply the musings of a private individual (he is highly educated, but not a psychologist)- no matter how fact-based his conclusions might be.
Another problem I have is that it does not seem to make a delineation between BDSM activities which are paid for, and those that are experienced in a lifestyle capacity. It also does not want to approach those who are into fetishism alone. Nonetheless, I feel it is a start. I wish there was there was a wider interest amongst psychologists and sociologists about BDSM. If anyone has different sources, information, etc, please feel free to post in the comments section.
Recap: There was a phone interview done in Australia last year, in which the researchers came to the conclusion that BDSM actually had a positive effect upon one's general health and well-being. Scroll down to August of 2008 for the full article, or click here:
Bondage Lovers Not Abnormal
Alas, the man above may have to wait a little while longer for researchers to notice him. That is, if he is not transported back to Munchkinland by way of spinning circus tent.
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