Part two in a two part series on BDSM & Feminism – An interview with Kathleen Barry

I wrote a blog post this month addressing some photos discovered online of an RCMP officer who was engaging in BDSM. The post was quite controversial with those who felt that it was an attack on BDSM or on ‘kinky people’, which it was not. I wrote a response to some of the critiques here. As a result of the posts and the response, I decided to produce two podcasts on the subject. The first featured an interview with sexuality educator, Charlie Glickman. You can listen to that podcast here.

For part two of the series I spoke with feminist scholar and author, Kathleen Barry. She is known for her important and extensive work in feminism, in particular her book, now a feminist classic: Female Sexual Slavery. Her most recent book is called Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves. To learn more about Kathleen’s work, please visit: kathleenbarry.net

Listen to part two of the two part series here:

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy, founder and editor of Feminist Current, is a freelance writer and journalist. She completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog. Follow her @meghanemurphy

  • http://bonerkilling.blogspot.ca/ Boner Killer

    Brilliant. Thank you for all of your coverage on this topic…I hate how these issues are viewed as “untouchable” – they’re not and i’m glad you’ve provided so much insight.

  • http://davinasquirrel.wordpress.com DavinaSquirrel

    Thank you both, Kathleen Barry and Meghan for the interview.

  • riv

    Yes, violence is unnaceptable and BDSM is violence, not sex. Thank you for bringing Barry’s voice to us.

    • pat

      Feminism has brought many improvements on women conditions, there are now laws giving women some protection but we still do not live in a society where women and men are equal, Gender stereotypes and sexist education still exist, and that influences our sexuality. Girls are still raised when young to be submissive and boys dominant and It can be very clearly seen in girl’s sections of toy store (vacuum like mom, cook like mom, etc).

      Sexuality gives a very clear view of where we stand and the fact that many women are said to like to be dominated in bed proves women & men have not freed themselves from patriarchy.

  • binKa

    THANK YOU !
    I’m sorry, it’s in french, but I share this with You
    http://www.feministes-radicales.org/2012/04/19/bdsm-not-about-consent-but-about-rape/
    thank You for Your courageous interview, the voices of our liberation are so precious !!!

  • Dr Pepper

    If you want to understand how the status quo has emerged and been perpetuated, and in particular the role of female sexual desire in selecting for men who will behave in these ways (for originally sound evolutionary reasons), you might be interested in the book “A Taste For Pain”, by the Danish feminist and Gestalt psychotherapist Maria Marcus. (It also provides great insight into how men and women can work together to create a radically new understanding of the relationship between the sexes.)

  • http://smashesthep.wordpress.com smash

    This is absolutely awesome. Thank you Kathleen Barry and Meghan Murphy for this coverage.

  • Sally

    This was a great interview. It definitely brought up some important points, such as adopting/mimmicking dominant relationships as supposed “empowerment”, and how challenging things on an individual basis isn’t necessarily challenging an institution, but rather challenging an institution involves actually changing that institution. This is why I never bought the concept of “feminist porn.”