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Lover's Pinch: A Cultural History of Sadomasochism

by Peter Tupper Rowman and Littlefield
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Hbk 344 pages
AU$62.99 NZ$64.34
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A Lover's Pinch offers a lively history of consensual sadomasochism, from a controversial religious practice, to a secretive sexuality branded a perversion, to a worldwide subculture that influences everything from fashion to advertising. This book reveals the true story of sadism and masochism, dominance and submission.

From the ancient Christian flagellants to the Fifty Shades trilogy, the history of consensual sadomasochism is a story of fascinating individuals, unlikely connections and strange twists and turns. Meet Arthur Munby, the Victorian gentleman who secretly married Hannah Cullwick, his maid of all work, and called her his slave; and Jack McGeorge, the UN weapons inspector who was outed as a BDSM club leader just before the Iraq war. Explore the links between Robinson Crusoe,Uncle Tom's Cabin and modern BDSM pornography, and between fetish fashion and anti-Catholic propaganda. Learn how the 19th century middle-class household nurtured dominant-submissive sexuality. Discover the secret history of a hidden world.

Chapter 1. Saints and Shamans
Chapter 2. The Pornography of the Puritan
Chapter 3. Virtue in Distress
Chapter 4. Orientalism
Chapter 5. The Peculiar Institution
Chapter 6. Romance of the Rod
Chapter 7. Class and Classification
Chapter 8. Every Woman Adores a Fascist
Chapter 9. The Velvet Underground
Chapter 10. Unknown Pleasures
Chapter 11.
Chapter 12. Sex and Power

A Lover's Pinch fills a void, and it dives to depths I couldn't have imagined before I started reading . . . Peter Tupper has worked hard to GÇ£get it rightn++?
Peter Tupper's writing has appeared in Wired magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Utne Reader and He is a co-founder of Metro Vancouver Kink, a non-profit BDSM community organization in Vancouver, BC, and remains active in the BDSM scene. He has researched and blogged about the history of consensual sadomasochism since 2005, and has presented at The Art of Loving in Vancouver, BC, the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle, WA, and the 2012, 2013 and 2016 Master-slave Conferences. He has also been a guest on Graydancer's Ropecast, the Masocast, Jack Rinella's Leathercast, Erotic Awakening and the People of Kink podcasts. He edited and contributed to Our Lives, Our History: Consensual Master/slave relationships from ancient times to the 21st century (2016), which won the 2017 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award from the National Leather Association: International.