Pleasure, Power, or Both? Heteronormativity, Stigma, and the Intersections of BDSM and Anoreceptive Heterosexual Males – Journal of Humanistic Psychology – article

Pleasure, Power, or Both? Heteronormativity, Stigma, and the Intersections of BDSM and Anoreceptive Heterosexual Males

Dulcinea Alex Pitagora | Journal of Humanistic Psychology

2019-10-22

Despite the direct connection between anal sex and pleasure, the majority of academic literature frames anal sex in terms of homophobia and/or disease. In the large body of literature on anal sex, only two academic articles have been published on anoreceptive heterosexual males (ARHMs), despite evidence of this type of sexuality dating back to Ancient Egypt and Greece. A review of the literature suggests that the lack of empirical research on ARHMs is due to compulsory heteronormativity, which can instill sexual shame in those with nonconforming sexual preferences. Some ARHMs are BDSM-oriented, and given that BDSM behavior and identity are also stigmatized, BDSM-oriented ARHMs have an additional concealable status that is subject to prejudice. Skills such as higher level communication and self-reflection often inform BDSM interactions and relationship structures, therefore, BDSM-oriented ARHMs may have more opportunity to develop skills to offset shame and stigma, and may take pride as well as pleasure in subverting traditionally heteronormative anoreception roles.

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