BDSM Education

These are some of the works that have informed my BDSM practice as well as a few that are still on my to do list! A lot of these materials may not be directly about BDSM, but rather about the way that power impacts all of our relationships; how people play with power and often abuse it. Some of these resources are heavy on the theory, some are incredibly erotic, and others are more informational “how to’s”.

I will continue to update this list when I have time. I hope you find it useful.

Once a month (or so) I will be picking a text or a movie and talking about it on my AVNStars account. So be sure to subscribe so we can learn together!

BDSM Articles and Academic Journals

Educational BDSM Books

  • “The Bonds of Love” Jessica Benamin
  • “The Sadeian Woman” Angela Carter
  • “Victims, Gender and Jouissance” Victoria Grace
  • “The Story of O” Anne Desclos
  • “Queer BDSM Intimacies: Critical Consent and Pushing Boundaries” Robin Bauer
  • “Sacred Kink” Lee Harrington
  • “The New Bottoming Book” Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
  • “The New Topping Book” Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy
  • “Love Not Given Lightly: Profiles from the Edge of Sex” Tina Horn
  • “SM 101” Jay Wiseman
  • “The Ultimate Guide to Bondage” Mistress Couple
  • “Power Circuits: Polyamory in a Power Dynamic” Raven Kaldera
  • “Sadomasochism in Everyday Life: The Dynamics of Power and Powerlessness” Lynn Chancer
  • “Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice” Mark Thompson
  • “Hell on Wheels: Disabled Dominants” Raven Kaldera
  • “The (New and Improved) Loving Dominant” John and Libby Warren
  • “The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography” Ariane Cruz
  • “Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink: Educational, Sensual, and Entertaining Essays” Midori
  • “Real Service” Raven Kaldera and Joshua Tenpenny

BDSM Erotica and BDSM Fiction

  • “The Piano Teacher” Elfriede Jelinek
  • “Bad Behavior” Mary Gaitskill
  • “The Story of O” Anne Desclos
  • “Venus in Furs”  Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch 
  • “Tipping the Velvet” Sarah Waters
  • “Bastard Out of Carolina” Dorothy Alison
  • “Erotic Novellas” Sinclaire Sexsmith
  • “Coming to Power: Writing and Graphics on Lesbian S/M (3rd Edition)” SAMOIS
  • “The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader” SAMOIS
  • “Enough to Make You Blush: Exploring Erotic Humiliation” Princess Kali
  • “To Love, To Obey, To Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave” V.M. Johnson
  • “Macho Sluts: Erotic Fiction” Pat Califia
  • FIST Zine
  • “How to Make Yourself a Body Without Organs” from “A Thousand Plateaus” Deleuze & Guattari

BDSM Movies and Films

  • The Night Porter (1974)
  • The Secretary (2002)
  • The Piano Teacher (2001)
  • In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
  • The Story of O (1975)
  • The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
  • Nymphomaniac I (2013)
  • Maîtresse (1976)
  • The Ceremony (2014)
  • Sebastiane (1980)
  • Belle de Jour (1967)
  • Crash (1996)
  • 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
  • A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975)
  • Lies (거짓말, Gojitmal) (1996)
  • Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

BDSM Porn

BDSM Podcasts

BDSM Publishers