This paper will explore the following areas in which idiosyncratic, sensitive and intense autistic ways of being result in patterns of sexual behavior and reasons autistic people may be particularly drawn to BDSM: 1) autistic sensorimotor intensity promotes non-normative movement, including sadomasochistic, patterns of movement 2) the autistic preference for literal and concrete language matches the BDSM culture’s norms of explicit verbal consent 3) idiosyncratic autistic attention fits will with opportunities within BDSM for developing a long-term career of learning and deep engagement. 4) the double empathy problem results in marginalization of autistic people from mainstream society while BDSM communities can offer norms better suited to autistic people.
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Pliskin, Ariel E.
"Autism, Sexuality, and BDSM,"
Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture: Vol. 4:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/ought/vol4/iss1/9