What if a Dominant could be held criminally liable for being well a Dom? What if he/she is a sadistic, egomaniacal asshole? Does it make a difference? When consensual sexual behavior involves physical and psychological abuse, torture, and even agreed-upon non-consensual sex (rape fantasies, anyone?), the legal boundaries can get pretty murky. Tristan Taormino comments on an unusual federal case for the Village Voice:
A BDSM court case puts master/slave relationships on trial
by Tristan Taormino March 19th, 2007 11:18 AM
Much of Jodis testimony was about being subjected to pain, punishment, and humiliation. Most people don’t want to be controlled, used, hurt, tortured, or degraded, so its hard for them to comprehend that some people want to experience sensations and emotions that are generally considered negative or painful
Because these are federal charges, Marcus faces life in prison, a fact that has sent a chill down the spines of some BDSM community members. Read the rest.
Will a Sub need to draw up legal documents outlining the terms of his/her sexual consent? Should a Dom require a signed release prior to using any restraints or torture devices? This is a very slippery slope. I obviously dont know the details of the relationship between Marcus and Jodi, but it does make me wonder where we go from here.