The Neuroscience of Sex & Kink
I am currently writing this book. So far it's about 250 pages long, of a target length of 400-500 pages. So the writing is quite advanced, although there is still a lot of research and polishing to be done. I plan to publish this book at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2023, both as ebook and paperback.
The book will explore questions about sex and kink (BDSM) from a scientific perspective, although it also draws on my experience. The first part sets the stage by summarizing sex-positive principles and discussing the ethical, social and political debates it involves. The second part is devoted to the physiology of sex, inquiring about orgasms, the refractory period, the G-spot, the male prostate, and other topics. Part 3 is devoted to the neuroscience of pain and sadomasochism, explaining the neural pathways and brain areas involved and how they give rise to different mental states. Part 4 describes different practices in sadomasochism, connecting them to neuroscience. Part 5 is about Dominance/submission, describing its different practices and pondering its origins. Part 6 is a daring inquiry into altered states of consciousness in BDSM, such as different types of sub-space, sub-drop, and its connection to mysticism, empathy and compassion. Part 7 circles back to ethics, contemplating the different problems, dangers and abuse that can arise in the practice of BDSM.
Table of Contents
Hyperlinks are to drafts of the chapters as articles in the blog. I will keep updating it as the writing progresses.
Part 1 - The Ethics and Politics of Sex and Kink
In Defense of Pleasure
Is Sex Sacred?
The Feminist Sex Wars: Radical Feminism Against Sex-Positive Feminism
The Orgasm Gap
The Virgin/Whore Complex
Part 2 - The Science of Sex
The Seven Enigmas of Sex
The Male Refractory Period
G-Spot, Squirting and Vaginal Orgasms
Why Doesn’t Viagra Work in Women?
Is Sex Addictive?
Sexual Energy, Myth or Reality?
Part 3 - The Neuroscience of Pain and Sadomasochism
A Neuroscience Primer
BDSM Is Not Science, It’s an Art!
The Physiology of BDSM
Kinks, Squicks and Kink-Shaming - Navigating Your Likes and Dislikes in BDSM
Pain Is Not Suffering
The Neuroscience of Spanking
Part 4 - Practices and Techniques in Sadomasochism
BDSM Explained to the Vanilla
The Art of Bondage
The Art of Spanking
Hot Spicy Buns - Using Hot Peppers and Capsaicin
Figging: the Kink of Putting Ginger in Your Butt
Choking - How Safe Is It?
Part 5 - Dominance-submission
What Happens in a Dominance-Submission Relationship?
Different Types of Dominance-Submission Relationships
The Origins of Dominance-Submission
Sexual Service and Domination
Part 6 - Altered States of Consciousness in BDSM
The Endorphin Rush: Myth or Reality?
Endorphins and Adrenaline - What Science Really Says
Altered States of Consciousness in BDSM
How to Achieve Sub Space
Sex, BDSM and Mysticism
Part 7 - Problems, Dangers and Abuse in BDSM
Obligations of the Dominant and the Submissive
Panic Attacks in BDSM Scenes
The Thin Line Between Consent and Coercion
How to Recognize Abuse in BDSM Relationships