18 Law & Sexuality: Rev. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Legal Issues 79 (2009)
A Woman's Right to Be Spanked: Testing the Limits of Tolerance of SM in the Socio-Legal Imaginary

handle is hein.journals/lsex18 and id is 81 raw text is: A Woman's Right to Be Spanked:
Testing the Limits of Tolerance of SM in the
Socio-Legal Imaginary
Ummni Khan*
I.    INTRODUCTION     ............................................................................... 80
II.   BorTOMs Up! SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS OF SM            FROM 91/2
WEEKS TO SECRETARY ................................................................. 84
A.    Contrasting Heroines. Victim ofPassion versus Agent
ofD  esire  ...............................................................................   86
B.    Contrasting Heroes. Alpha Male versus Repressed
M  an  .................................................................................... . .   88
C     ContrastingLegalAspects: IllicitActivites versusLaw
Office Romance .................................................................. 89
D     Contrasting Consequences: Slippery Slopes versus
Happily-Ever-AfTers .............................................................. 90
E     Mouse Metaphor ....................................                93
E     Contrasting Colors: RacializedPerversity versus
Whitewashed Sexuality ............................................................ 94
G.    DisplacingAbjection ........................................................... 99
H.    MatuimonialResolutions ........................................................ 100
III. BINDING SM WITHIN THE TERMS OF HOLY MATRIMONY AND
COMPULSORY MONOGAMY .............................................................. 102
A .   R .v. B row n  .............................................................................. 103
B .   R .v. W ilson  ............................................................................. 106
*    © 2009 Ummni Khan. Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Carleton University.
For insightful feedback I thank the Law, Literature, Rights and Ethics International Colloquium
conference participants (Swansea University, School of Law, 2007), the Fetish: Working Out
The Kinks conference participants (Sexual Diversity Studies Students' Union, University of
Toronto, 2008) and Carleton University, Department of Law (where I presented a draft of this
Article for my job talk). I am grateful to the organizers, commentators and coparticipants at the
Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop (UCLA School of Law; Columbia Law School;
University of Southern California Center for Law, History and Culture; and Georgetown
University Law Center, 2008) for their enthusiasm and sharp critiques, with special thanks to
Kathryn Abrams and Martha Umphrey for delving deep into the Article and offering such
eloquent and brilliant commentary. I thank Doug Becker for providing invaluable inside
information on the Twyman case. I also offer my heartfelt thanks to the following individuals for
their extraordinary comments and suggestions on earlier drafts of this Article: David Gurnham,
Brenda Cossman, Corinn Columpar, Ed Morgan, Martin Stone, and Bobby Noble. As always, I
am hugely grateful to Brian Smith for providing feedback on numerous versions of this Article.
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