Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 673–674 | Cite as

Buttock Lesions Resulting from Heavy Bondage/Discipline/Sadism/Masochism (BDSM) Play in an 82-Year-Old Male

  • Stuart PinsonEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Consensual corporal punishment (CCP) is an important part of the wider bondage/discipline/sadism/masochism (BDSM) pantheon of activity (Meeker, 2011), characterized by impact to the body—most usually the buttocks. The majority of practitioners play at levels that cause minimal damage beyond some mild erythema, but a substantial minority prefer a level that will cause significant bruising/swelling and even some blood loss (Williams, Thomas, Prior, & Christensen, 2014). A multitude of implements can be employed to this end, either some form of strap (e.g., a tawse or Canadian Prison Strap) or, particularly in the UK, the cane.

I am currently conducting research into these activities, and one theme emerging is the desire for marks and the potential long-term adverse effects of this desire. The patient involved is also an octogenarian, raising issues of older person’s sexuality—as opposed to sex—and the potential for inappropriate safeguarding interventions to be made.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of De Montfort University’s research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study, and while no participant is able to be identified from this case report, additional informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leicester School of Nursing and MidwiferyDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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