Monday, October 22, 2018

Vegans: bondage, discipline and sadomasochism

For centuries, people have sought sexual expression through bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism (BDSM). In every corner of the kingdom people turn pain into pleasure by inflicting corporal punishment on a willing victim. Straights may regard the behaviour as odd, weird or even deviant but Masters and Mistresses, Submissives and Slaves find it recreational. BDSM describes a range of fetishistic behaviours similar and including partiality to breasts or feet. The idea animal-rights activists engage wilfully in BDSM such as bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadomasochism is not without its irony, particularly when they use leather products.

BDSM is not, I am reliably informed by experts, cruel but instead a physical means to illicit the natural pain cycle which triggers adrenaline and arousal. Although discomfort and anxiety may be temporarily experienced this is done consensually and not as an act of cruelty. People do run the risk of infections when engaged in dominant/submissive relationships and foot/shoe fetishists due to the intimate nature between the inanimate and the animate so safe sex does involve antiseptic precautions.

For the discerning vegan there are many products alternative to leather . These artificial leathers . Pleather have surfaces which are easier to clean. This offers potentially a reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases with only the minimum hygiene maintenance required. The majority of the BDSM community are non vegans and might be appalled at the thought of fetishistic gear made from pleather. There are many online retailers now catering in bondage gear for vegans eager to avoid meat, dairy and animal-tested products. Most commercially available condoms contain casein, a milk protein, and many are manufactured by companies that test their products on animals. That means vegans have the choice of using cruelty-free condoms, or abstaining from sex altogether. Glyde is an Australian-based company that guarantees its rubbers are cruelty-free.

More conventional BDSM suppliers cater and provide a vast array of bondage gear in a range of leathers including: deer, goat, bison and kangaroo skins. The true number of parasexuals will never be known. After all, who goes to the doctor complaining of a wonderfully satisfying sexlife but guesstimates would suggest a significant number of the population, practice. Festivals celebrating bondage, discipline and sadomasochism are more common now but the “high holy day of leather and fetish,” is the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair. Organisers claim San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish fair in the world. During the fare the Folsom Street is blocked off to anyone younger than 18 so the naked dressed in dog colours can walk around without damaging fragile psyches.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Freud and the three blows to man’s pride

In 1920, Freud listed three determinants (lows) delivered by great Western scientists. The first from Copernicus in the 16th century, when he discovered the Earth was not the centre of the universe. The second came with Darwin in the 19th century, who demonstrated man was merely another member of the animal kingdom, that had descended from the apes. The third, from Freud himself, was when he postulated consciousness was at the mercy of the uncontrollable forces of the unconscious. According to Freud, the ‘three blows’ displaced man from the centre of the universe, stressed his similarity to animals, and disabused him of the sense he was master of his own mind.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Freud and Oedipus

Freud introduced the Oedipus Complex after analysing recurrent dreams. His premise was there was a universal tendency among young boys to love and long for sexual possession of their mother and to hate and desire the death of their father. He believed, most repressed these feelings, thinking them wrong and resolved them by identifying with parental values and developing consciences as they matured. However, some continued to struggle with sexual conflicts throughout their lives. Freud called this instinct the Oedipus complex. Oedipus Rex was a character in a Greek play who as a child was abandoned and brought up by others. An oracle predicted the child would grow up and kill his father. Oedipus does indeed kill his estranged father and marries his mother. When the truth of what he has done is revealed , Oedipus blinds himself before becoming an exile.

Freud on work

Freud was a hard worker and started seeing patients at 8.00 a.m. After lunch at 12.00 noon, he took a walk before resuming consultation at 3.00 pm. His clinical day frequently ended as late as After diner, he took another walk before welcoming colleagues to discuss his projects or would write until 1 a.m. On Saturday mornings, he gave lectures before socialising with friends and playing cards. On Sunday morning he would visit his mother, then spend the rest of the day with his family.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

What is a Freudian Slip?

Freud liked to witness slips of the tongue in his patients. Things like, forgetting names, misreading words, misplacing things and bungling responses, he believed held deeper significance. Freud thought of concealed intention when the unconscious slips into the consciousness demonstrated a disruption the speaker's intended message. He believed jokes had unconscious meanings and wrote about humour, saying jokes allowed for a socially acceptable form of hostility to be expressed through a variety of devices.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Freud and pressure technique

Between 1892 to 1896, to help his female patients recall seduction experiences from childhood, Freud used physical pressure. Convinced the brain supressed traumatic experiences, he put his hand on his patients’ forehead and commanded they ‘remember.’ He abandoned this authoritarian approach in 1897, after he had dismissed his seduction theory as the primary explanation for neurosis.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Freud on hysteria

In the 19th century, hysteria (Greek meaning uterus) described a person mostly female, who occasionally suffered paralysis, nausea, convulsions., numbing, and unprovoked, emotional outbursts. Patients were frequently branded attention seekers, thought to be most likely, feigning their symptoms. At the end of the 19th century in both Europe and the US there was an epidemic of hysteria. Prominent Viennese gynaecologist, Rudolf Chrobak (1843 - 1910), a friend of Freud, prescribed his hysteria patients, ‘penis normalis dosim repetatur’ (repeated dose of normal penis). Unconvinced at the notion of magic copulatory healing, Freud believed hysteria was caused by unresolved sexual issues (real or imaginary) and could be overcome by uncovering same, through talk therapy. Freud treated many patients with hysteria, most were literate, middle class woman, and some with a history of sexual repression.