Assistant Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies
Commonly defined as “unconventional” sexual behaviour, kink represents an open ended set of sexual fantasies, fetishes, practices, rituals and lifestyles around intimacy and connection, which may not be reflected or accepted in dominant culture. In this course, we will examine some of these non-normative desires and practices, while focusing in particular on BDSM and its relationship to race, capitalism, history, agency, and healing. We will study theoretical, literary, and artistic perspectives on bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism, as well as other kinks, in ways that seek to illuminate the complexities, limitations, and possibilities these practices offer.
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