Vicarious Kinks: S/M in the Socio-Legal Imaginary

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Social Science - 364 pages

Who decides where normal stops and perverse begins? In Vicarious Kinks, Ummni Khan looks at the mass of claims that film, feminism, the human sciences, and law make about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and the way those claims become the basis for the legal regulation of sadomasochist pornography and practice. Khan's audacious proposal is that for film, feminism, law, and science, the constant focus on taboo sexuality is a form of vicarious kink itself.

Rather than attempt to establish the truth about sadomasochism, Vicarious Kinks asks who decides that sadomasochism is perverse, examining how various fields present their claims to truth when it comes to sadomasochism. The first monograph by a new scholar working at the juncture of law and sexuality, Vicarious Kinks challenges the myth of law as an objective adjudicator of sexual truth.

 

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Contents

Prelude
3
Introduction
10
1 Whos Your Daddy? SMs Founding Fathers
26
The Battle over SM in the Sex Wars
54
3 SM in Showbiz
117
4 The Legal Fondling of SM Pornography
184
5 The Legal Fondling of SM Practice
225
Epistemic Violence Epistemic Pleasures
304
Notes
315
References
329
Index
347
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About the author (2014)

Ummni Khan is an associate professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University.

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