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The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography

Ariane Cruz


The Color of Kink explores black women's representations and performances within American pornography and BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism) from the 1930s to the present, revealing the ways in which they illustrate a complex and contradictory negotiation of pain, pleasure, and power for black women. Based on personal interviews conducted with pornography performers, producers, and professional dominatrices, visual and textual analysis, and extensive archival research, Ariane Cruz reveals BDSM and pornography as critical sites from which to rethi ... More

Keywords: BDSM, Pornography, Black Female Sexuality, Kink, Technology, Interracial Sex, Racial Pornographics, Sexual Cultures, Perversion, BDSM Pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479809288
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479809288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariane Cruz, author
Pennsylvania State University