When I first studied the Sadomasochism Collection at UCLA, I viewed S-M as a perversion, but also the sexual expression of besieged middle management, given impossible tasks, and aspiring to the position of second-in-command (like mothers). Now it is mainstream and considered by some to be therapy, for instance the new Bondage club at Harvard University. But most strikingly, the world wide success of Fifty Shades of Grey is indicative of widespread interest in what was once considered to be a shameful perversion. I now view S-M as indicative of patterns of obedience throughout pseudo-democratic institutions.
https://clarespark.com/2009/10/25/the-ultimate-s-m-humiliation/ (Men chained to women’s work)
https://clarespark.com/2009/11/07/dream-girl/ (Linda Darnell, silenced and constricted)
https://clarespark.com/2009/07/13/eros-and-the-middle-manager-s-m-with-implications-for-multiculturalism/ [revised and updated 2-15-2015]
https://clarespark.com/2012/01/31/the-numbers-game/ (and the decline of magic)
https://clarespark.com/2012/07/31/censorship-bohemia-and-the-big-sleep/ (photo of vagina dentate vampire shoes)