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Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon


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Our lives are full of small tensions, our closest relationships full of struggle: between woman and man, artist and customer, purist and commercialist, professional and client—and between the dominant and the submissive.
In Dominatrix, Danielle Lindemann draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco to offer a sophisticated portrait of these unusual professionals, their work, and their clients. Prior research on sex work has focused primarily on prostitutes and most studies of BDSM absorb pro-domme/client relationships without exploring what makes them unique. Lindemann satisfies our curiosity about these paid encounters, shining a light on one of the most secretive and least understood of personal relationships and unthreading a heretofore unexamined patch of our social tapestry. Upending the idea that these erotic laborers engage in simple exchanges and revealing the therapeutic and analytic nature of their work, Lindemann makes a major contribution to cultural studies, anthropology, and queer studies with her analysis of how gender, power, sexuality, and hierarchy shape all of our social experiences.

About the Author

Danielle J. Lindemann is a postdoctoral research scholar at Vanderbilt University. She lives with her husband in New York—a city she loves masochistically.

Table of Contents



1 Scripting Pain: Power Exchange and the Theatrical Frame

2 All I Really Need to Know I Learned in BDSM Kindergarten: Dominatrix Careers 

3 Will the Real Pro-Domme Please Stand Up: Art, Authenticity, and Pierre Bourdieu

4 Playing Make-Believe: Fantasy and the Boundaries of Commercial Intimacy

5 Whip Therapy

6 “Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady?”: (Re)production of Gender on the Dungeon Floor

Conclusion: The Emperors New Leather Thong

Appendix A Methods

Appendix B Getting Collared: Pro-Dommes and the Law

Appendix C Historical Context

Appendix D Terminology

Appendix E Initial Contact E-mail

Appendix F Original Interview Schedule

Appendix G Final Interview Schedule




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Lindemann, Danielle J.
University of Chicago Press
Sociology - General
Psychology : General
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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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