Sexual Outsiders

Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities delves into the unique experiences of individuals in BDSM communities. While misunderstandings surrounding these communities prevail, BDSM sexuality cuts across race, gender, nationality, and sexual orientation. BDSM describes forms of sexuality that incorporate restraint, pressure, sensation, training, and elements of both erotic and non-erotic power exchange between the engaged parties. Some BDSM “scenes” include roleplaying, spanking, blindfolds, ropes, and erotic costuming.

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About Richard A. Sprott

Richard Sprott, Ph.D., is a research psychologist in developmental science and adjunct faculty in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. He is the Executive Director of CARAS, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, a community-academic partnership to enhance and encourage scientific investigation and scholarly analysis of under-studied sexualities, like BDSM and polyamory. His research efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other. Richard currently teaches courses in Human Development for the California State University system and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, Holy Names University, and Saybrook University. He has published in several academic journals and presented papers at community and academic conferences nationwide.
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