Date of Completion

2017

Document Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Type of Thesis

Honors College

First Advisor

Paul Deslandes

Keywords

BDSM, feminism, history, consent, discourse

Abstract

This thesis examines three phenomena: the rise of the BDSM community, the discourse around consent between BDSM practitioners and feminists, and how those discourses have changed over time. I outline a history of the BDSM community, examine how consent has been talked about and implemented over time in both BDSM and feminist communities, and how the publication of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey changed the way both feminists and BDSM practitioners talk about consent.

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