John Money Scholar Studies Modern Fetish Communities
This summer the 2013 John Money Fellow, Samantha Allen of Emory University, visited the Kinsey Institute library to research her dissertation project, “Thinking Fetishism: An Affective Reading of 'Sexual Paraphilias.'”
Besides sending out regular tweets of the research gems she was discovering in our stacks, Samantha also wrote a blog post for our sexual health website, KinseyConfidential.org.
Plugged In: Sexual Fetish Communities 1970s to the Present is Samantha's comparison of the print resources for fetish communities she found researching at The Kinsey Institute with their modern-day counterpart -- online fetish community websites.
Despite the move from physical magazines and journals to digital forums and chat rooms, Samantha found some enduring similarities in how fetish communities share information and network in both the print and digital ages.