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A Short History Of BDSM Books and Fiction

Some of the earliest references to BDSM date back as far as 2250 B.C. The academic historian and archaeologist Anne Nomis identified BDSM in ancient Sumerian texts about rituals to the Goddess Inanna. Nomis points to ancient writings such as the Hymn to Inanna, which mentions rituals of domination, cross-dressing, altered states of consciousness, punishment, moaning, and ecstasy.

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Book Review: Darklady’s Carnal Archives and Mesmerizing Hate Mail

In her book, “Darklady’s Carnal Archives and Mesmerizing Hate Mail”, Darklady literally knocks it out of the park with the collection of past writings, combined with fiction, excellent quotes, personal confessions and (my favorite part at times), hate mail from people that read something she wrote and pushed back on her with moral outrage!

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BDSM Icon – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Masochism is the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual pleasure, from one’s own pain or humiliation, and its named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1839-95) the Austrian writer who described it so well in his novels. “Venus in Furs” is probably his best known work, a romantic tale which has at its heart a sado/masochistic relationship. From this work the term ‘masochism’ was coined, and Leopold received the ultimate accolade of having a whole perversion named after him.

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BDSM Icons – The Story of O

‘The Story of O’, written by Pauline Reage (a pen-name), is a milestone of modern SM literature and a true BDSM icon. Graham Greene described it as ‘A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity’. The novel (originally published in French as Histoire d’O) tells the story of a young Parisian fashion photographer referred to only as O and her introduction to the world of sado-masochism at the hands of her lover Rene, the enigmatic ‘Sir Stephen’.

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