Chronic Pain as Fluid, BDSM as Control

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Abstract

The paper identifies how chronic pain is a disability and lays out the ways in which a cripistemology of chronic pain – and cripping chronic pain – is a productive exploration of pain. After exploring normative discourses of chronic pain through a crip lens, and identifying how pain is not meaningless, but instead imbued with multiple meanings, the paper presents some findings from a recent research project exploring the phenomenological experience of people living with chronic pain who engage in BDSM play. Two dual narratives are identified: pain as a contagious fluid, requiring control of pain and the emotional expression of pain, and the uses of BDSM in that control. The paper offers a crip reading of these non-normative experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalDisability Studies Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • chronic pain
  • BDSM
  • sexuality
  • disability
  • crip
  • cripistemology
  • pain

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