July 31, 2012
It's okay. The Supreme Court is looking into it too.
In case you’re not up with your S&M, the highest court has decided to look into the case of a sex trafficker, known as the "S&M Svengali."
It seems that on his S&M Svengali website, he was practicing, no surprise, sadomasochism.
I’ve looked; the website isn't there anymore.
Glenn Marcus had been sentenced to nine years in prison for the sexual abuse, physical mutilation and psychological humiliation of a woman who had agreed to be photographed as his "sex slave."
The only catch was that some of the offenses occurred before the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which was used to prosecute Marcus.
When a federal appeals court threw out the conviction, the justices agreed they would accept the government's appeal.
The issue seems to be this:
At issue is whether Marcus took the relationship too far and held “Jodi,” against her wishes. Prosecutors claim he manipulated and forced the woman to undergo the punishment, then write about it for the website.
“Jodi” felt like she was in hell and couldn’t escape.
The defense lawyers claimed she liked it; even signed a written agreement.
The case is U.S. v. Marcus, 08-1341, if you want to keep track.
S&M stands for two words, sadism and masochism.
They are named after two writers, Marquis De Sade and Sacher-Masoch, both European aristocrats with a lot of time on their hands.
Always a dangerous combination.
The infamous Marquis De Sade lived in 18th century France, and his writings contain all forms of sexuality which were considered socially unacceptable.
Sacher-Masoch was a 19th century Polish Baron who wrote the novel "Venus In Furs" that pioneered many of the conventions of later sadomasochism, such as the dominant mistress and willing slave role play.
Scientists have later discovered that the body produces an opiate like substance known as endorphin.
Orgasm is one thing that causes the body to release endorphins. Another is exercise. Another is pain.
According to modern practitioners, the basic S&M principles are "safe, sane, and consensual" and people are free to do whatever they want, as long as they can find somebody who wants to do it with them and have a “safe word.”
Like: "Enough already!"
Which gets us back to S&M Svengali and all sorts of First Amendment issues that our Founding Fathers couldn’t have imagined.
Then again, knowing our Founding Fathers…
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