‘Sadomasochism: It’s a Republican Thing’ – by Alix Dobkin

“During its heyday in the Lesbian community, sadomasochism reminded me of America’s redscare during the repressive 1950’s. Back then Republicans maintained control by intimidating the nation into silent compliance, much like sadomasochists, used sex and guilt to manipulate Lesbians thirty years later. In the 50’s opposing Democrats publicly supported anti-communism just as privately dissenting Lesbians felt compelled to pay public lip service to s/m in the 80’s and early 90’s. Substitute “vanilla,” “sex-police,” or my particular favorite, “sex-nazi” for “pinko” or “commie.”
This is how s/m got to be the exclusive Lesbian sex model for young or new dykes…”

Author(s): Alix Dobkin
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 6 (June 2000), p. 16

Sadomasochism, It’s a Republican Thing (Link)


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