How BDSM and slave training can be affected by the new version of the DSM-5. What this can mean and what it does not change. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published a new version of it’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The new version is referred to as the DSM-5. Our interest in the DSM-5 is now it redefines BDSM and to a lesser extent slave training.
The DSM-5 mades changes that, over time, will have a positive affect on the way the world views B.D.S.M. and slave training. In fact kinky sex in general will greatly benefit from the changes in wording. To all those in the lifestyle that have taken an active role in helping change the APA’s view from the DSM-I to the DSM-5, THANK YOU!!!
Be Happy with your kink
Prior to the DSM-5 the APA defined sexual behavior acts not solely focused on the genitals or breasts as paraphilias. The word Paraphillas first appeared in the DSM-III and basically is defined as unusual sex acts.
It is about time we leave 1900’s century views of Richard Von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud behind. Their views of Sadism and Masochism still influence many medical and legal views of kink. Their writings on the subject were greatly guided by their own personal bias and misunderstandings. These two men are at the foundation of the misunderstanding of bdsm. Freud expanded the work of Krafft-Ebing. I have read that Freud didn’t think it was possible for a male to be submissive since it was against nature. The criminal Justice system had long gives weight to the views of these two. This should start to change even more with the DSM-5.
A friend of mine had her child removed from her care for six months because she was classified as a submissive engaging in BDSM. The social worker testified in court (without interviewing my friend) that because she was engaged in BDSM she would beat her child. What crap, but this poor woman suffered needlessly for six months. I hope the DSM-5 can be thrown in the face of these kinds of “expert” witnesses often used by the Prosecution. In the end she got her child back but this is needless trauma to both mother and child. Yes, she fought tooth and nail to get her young baby back.
BUT before you get too happy about the DSM-5 changes: MOST overlook this point. There is no basic change in the diagnostic structure since the DSM-III for paraphilias. The kinky acts will still be called Paraphilias acts. But now for it to be a disorder two criteria must be met. The 1) Paraphilias diagnosis and a 2) negative consequences criteria must both exist to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Otherwise they have a paraphilia (and no diagnosis of a disorder). If the negative consequence does not exist then it’s a paraphilia without harm and not a mental disorder. Remember if they still see a negative affect it is still a mental disorder.
There is a small wording change made that might be overlooked at first but have a major impact in the long run. The DSM-5 does not call “sadism” and “masochism” in and of itself a disorder. It’s now called a “sadism disorder.” or “Masochism disorder”. Yeah I know (what the hell am I driving at?)” The APA is now leaving the door open for there being “Sadism” or “Masochism” behavior without it being a disorder. EXAMPLE: An eating disorder is different from the act of eating. You can eat without it being a disorder. This was done intentional by the APA. So is short the words “Sadism” and “masochism” along no longer describe a disorder but a sexual practice.
KINK and harm
THE GOOD NEWS: The DSM-5 finally makes a distinction between kink for enjoyment and kink that causes harm or distress (consequences). So if you are a happy and healthy kinkster you are not considered as having a mental disorder now. Who knew?? LOL