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Consensual ViolenceSex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury$
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Jill D. Weinberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290655

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290655.001.0001

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A Chokehold

(p.1) Preamble
Consensual Violence

Jill D. Weinberg

University of California Press

This book begins with a person choking another with his permission. It describes the physical and psychological response of a chokehold: arteries become compressed thereby reducing bloodflow to the brain. The person being choked feels dizzy and euphoric at once. The preamble then begins to add context to this choke. The first scenario involves a mixed-martial arts bout where a fighter is choked and loses the fight. The second scenario involves a Dominant and submissive who meet at a BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) club. The choke comes after the two actively negotiate a scene they would like to perform. The purpose of this Preamble is to demonstrate how the same consensual chokehold can take on different meaning and significance based on context.

Keywords:   consent, criminal, violence, chokehold, BDSM, mixed-martial arts

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