Play, Pain and Religion - Creating Gestalt through Kink Encounter - Alison Robertson

Play, Pain and Religion - Creating Gestalt through Kink Encounter - Alison Robertson

The Play Experience (2): Inside Play-Spaces

Play, Pain and Religion - Creating Gestalt through Kink Encounter - Alison Robertson

Alison Robertson [+-]
The Open University
Alison Robertson is a research associate with at the Open University. She is interested in the places where the lines commonly drawn between categories (such as ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’) become blurred or ambiguous and in how such blurring affects the ways people look at the world. Her research interests, other than kink, include lived and personal religion, edgework, and self-inflicted or positive experiences of pain.

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Chapter 5 (the second play chapter) explores the nature and qualities of experiences which take place inside the spaces shaped by play. The limited literature which exists on ‘spiritual BDSM’ locates the spiritual possibilities of kink wholly within its potential to create experiences of transcendence. I certainly agree that BDSM has this potential, but my research suggests that many qualities scholars have ascribed to exceptional play events are common to any successful play, and transcendence is only one of a range of possible peaks of experience. Other important elements within the experience of play-spaces include the forging and expression of relationship and intimacy and a sense of deep connection between play partners. These, together with the sense of being immersed in another world, contribute to the sense of BDSM as gestalt.

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Robertson, Alison. The Play Experience (2): Inside Play-Spaces. Play, Pain and Religion - Creating Gestalt through Kink Encounter. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 60-79 Jul 2021. ISBN 9781800500297. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40005. Date accessed: 15 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40005. Jul 2021

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