Here is a handy explanation of what radfems think of bdsm:

“We argue that BDSM is a sexual practice that hinges on degrading, humiliating, violating, and torturing people (usually women but it is unacceptable in any form). When performed against women it is a mirror of patriarchical violence against women which basically happens everywhere already, only now it is being praised and sexualized.

We don’t blame women who participate because women are raised and socialized in a system that encourages us to view ourselves as passive recipients, submissive, or even encourages us to view violence as sexuality. This socialization runs deep and begins from the time we are small children (listen to the discourse when a 5 year old boy hits a 5 year old girl, “he likes you!” “boys will be boys!”).”

Anti-Porn Feminists

We argue that BDSM is a sexual practice that hinges on degrading, humiliating, violating, and torturing people (usually women but it is unacceptable in any form). When performed against women it is a mirror of patriarchical violence against women which basically happens everywhere already, only now it is being praised and sexualized.

We don’t blame women who participate because women are raised and socialized in a system that encourages us to view ourselves as passive recipients, submissive, or even encourages us to view violence as sexuality. This socialization runs deep and begins from the time we are small children (listen to the discourse when a 5 year old boy hits a 5 year old girl, “he likes you!” “boys will be boys!”)

We view bdsm as the legitimization of violence against women.
Part of the problem is that no one can truely consent to violence done against them. We believe…

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One thought on “Here is a handy explanation of what radfems think of bdsm:

  1. Good to find that you’re still around!

    In defense (feeble though I admit it is) of my side of our joined-but-divided and in many other ways flawed species; we males have been brought up in this perverse society too, and are hamstrung by the ambient atmosphere in many respects. Whether it’s the urge toward bdsm, rampant consumerism or treating the homeless as though they’re pond scum, we all have choices we must make. Our eyes need to be opened to make the rational choices, and too many are firmly closed.

    The system is wounded and needs healing.

    With sincere apologies if that seems overly trite 😦

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