Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture, and Kink Management

Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture, and Kink Management

Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture, and Kink Management

Part-Time Perverts: Sex, Pop Culture, and Kink Management


This book offers an erudite yet highly accessible exploration of the presence of sexual perversion in popular culture and its manifestation in everyday life.

• A bibliography of over 400 reference-text-based items including books, journal articles, and news items

• A media reference list of over 100 films, 100 songs, and 75 television programs referred to in the text


One evening in my not-so-distance past, a new lover and I discussed perversions. He claimed not to have any. At all. Unconvinced, I kept prodding and he finally conceded to lingerie. a fetish for lingerie. I nodded, and reassured him with a smile and a stroke of his arm. I remarked that lots of men liked dressing up in lingerie. He had meant women wearing it. Oh. One afternoon in my not-too-distance past, I exited the supermarket with two grocery bags: two packets of chocolate frogs, a package of disposable diapers, and a container of baby wipes. the chocolates were for my students who I would see the following hour. the diapers and wipes were for the not-so-new lover I would see the following day.

The Australian writer Patrick White once described sex as a tragicomedy and without doubt, sex can be complicated and damaging and destructive. Sometimes it can even be dull. and then there are all those times in between when it’s funny and kinky and strange. and that’s the sex that this book focuses on.

In my first draft of this introduction, I considered myself to have only dabbled in perversion. in that early version, I relayed a story about an ex-boyfriend who asked me as we parted, whether I needed him to be more kinky. No, I absolutely did not need it. and that lack of need, that lack of passion for perversion, convinced me that my interest was only passing. the more I wrote however, the more inaccurate passing seemed. a colleague recently asked how my research was progressing. a loaded question given that officially my appointment is in public policy. I told him that I had begun a book about something I was more passionate about. I gave him a précis. “Passionate,” he repeated. Truth be told, I don’t really know what he meant; perhaps he was questioning . . .

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