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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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Devising Rules and Norms, Creating a Culture of Consent

Devising Rules and Norms, Creating a Culture of Consent

(p.42) Chapter 3 Devising Rules and Norms, Creating a Culture of Consent
Consensual Violence

Jill D. Weinberg

University of California Press

This chapter compares the creation of rules within the BDSM and MMA communities. BDSM practitioner are the makers of rules. While they read/research extensively, as well as attend conferences to learn about BDSM rules and scene negotiation, they are largely responsible for creating the rules of engagement during their erotic encounters. MMA fighters do not create rules but rather the rules are imposed on them. Imposed rules create uniformity but the rule makers are at arm’s length, leaving considerable interpretative ambiguity. The chapter concludes by arguing the differences in which people learn the rules and who devises the rules creates a particular culture around rule abidance, or investment in adhering to the rules.

Keywords:   rules, norms, consent, culture

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