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Venus In Furs:

Sadomasochism and the Limits of Sexuality

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  • The Debate

    Venus In Furs

    Accounts and depictions of violent sex have thrilled and appalled us since Sodom and Gomorrah. The internet has given it a new twist, new ideas and examples to follow, lifting the veil on human sexuality and normalising behaviour previously thought scandalous (BDSM, sadomasochism). Should we encourage the exploration of sexuality without limits or is their value in constraint?

    The Panel

    In Venus in Furs, former editrice of the Erotic Review, Rowan Pelling, Sunday Times columnist Minette Marrin, and German psychosexual social theorist Andrea Beckmann consider the relationship between desire, violence and restraint.

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  • Rowan Pelling
    The Pitch
    Erotic editrice refutes the need to police sexual imaginations
  • Andrea Beckmann
    The Pitch
    Psychosexual theorist explores the sexual social constructs
  • Minette Marrin
    The Pitch
    Sunday Times columnist defends the need for limiting sexuality
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    What are the boundaries of sexual freedom?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    How far is sexuality constructed?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The future of sex
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VelvetUnder on 25/03/2013 5:08pm

I've been reading Rowan Pelling giving sex advice on the internet but it is nothing like this talk of bondage, bdsm, sadomasochism...great to hear this discussed in this open fashion. Andrea Beckmann is the most interesting in my estimation including her analysis of sexual practices and the limits thereof. Her project is great and I think thinktanks/research/projects that incorporate marginalised tastes/experiences should be supported as well protecting the interests of individuals participating. To be very honest I hadn't thought about sexuality in relation to disabled bodies before, and in my own research in philosophy I had only ever written in and around the subject thinking specifically of a standard model of the body so I thank this debate for opening up my reading of 'body', also.

Sheepgood on 08/11/2012 2:48pm

You cannot be serious. Even if sexual preferences are subjective you have to draw the line somewhere. Everyone is exicted about Fifty Shades but its essentially just turning back the clock on a century of progress is women's rights for the sake of mindless titilation.

JC Denton on 08/11/2012 12:47pm

Wartime generations questioned the value of the sexual liberation experienced by men and women in the 1960s and the same moralising voices insist on passing judgement upon the revolution in sexual candour induced by the internet. It's like Raymond Williams says, every generation believes they are headed toward a cultural apocalypse where the values of their generation are totally erased. It is this sort of paranoia that holds true progress back.

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