Portland State University. Department of Psychology
J. Forrest Williams
Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Sadomasochism, Sexual dominance and submission
While previous research has studied the impact of stigma and non-normative play within the BDSM and kink community, previous psychological research involving BDSM practitioners has not investigated the cultural practice of aftercare that tends to follow the highly sensationalized acts within the culture. The current study examines this cultural practice by giving a series of semi-structured interviews to assess the importance of aftercare and how it impacts negotiations and play. BDSM practitioners (n = 11) participated in audio recorded interviews regarding questions on identity, kink, aftercare, consent, and negotiation. 72.73% of individuals rated aftercare as mostly to largely important in their lives. Aftercare presented itself in a variety of ways including physical affection, verbal affirmation, and acts of service.
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Fuentes, Sage B., "Caring about Aftercare: Thesis Presentation of Initial Findings" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 818.