CATHEXIS (on the nature of S & M)

Ruth, Barbara
May 1977
Lesbian Tide;May/Jun77, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p10
This article describes the nature of sadomasochism (S&M) within lesbian-feminist context. There is a place where pain and pleasure are synonomous, and both words are equally mengre descriptions of the ecstasy therein. All the words that are used to name this place are misleading, for the names are about shame. S&M is a refinement, a Dionysian quest for the outer boundaried of sexual pleasure.


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