Discrimination of SM-identified individuals

J Homosex. 2006;50(2-3):217-31. doi: 10.1300/J082v50n02_10.


The belief that sadomasochism (SM) is violence or abusive behavior has resulted in harassment, physical attacks, and discrimination against SM-identified individuals. Historically, they were often opposed by self-identified feminists. One reason the women who practiced SM were targeted was the official opposition to sadomasochistic practices promulgated by the National Organization for Women (NOW). Current statistics of incidents of discrimination, harassment and physical attacks against SM-identified individuals and SM groups are compiled by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Feminism
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masochism*
  • Prejudice*
  • Sadism*
  • Violence