The BDSM Power Exchange:
Subversion, Transcendence, Sexual (R)evolutioin
dulcinea Pitagoria, MA, LMSW
BDSM interactions can be perceived as a reaction against conventional socio-political roles and rote dynamics of power and subjugation. Inherent in the BDSM power exchange is a means to transcend heteronormative constraints of eroticism by exposing the inadequacies of the typical social constructions that designate agents of power. Academic research reveals that the freedom from constraint sought by BDSM practitioners might have the power to further the potential of human freedom, in the realm of sexuality and beyond. In the negotiation of power dynamics, and the breakdown of traditional gender and sexual norms, a transcendence is possible, for all individuals who fall in- or outside of the statistical sexual norm. With a conscious application of the concepts of gender subversion, and attention to negotiated and consensual power dynamics to all manner of sexual interaction, an evolution of sexual potential for all is not only possible, but likely, and overdue.