Saucy Brits Love A Little Bondage In The Bedroom

In the UK, there's a "lurid" court case going on involving Max Mosely, the head of FIA, the motorsports organization. Mosley took part in an orgy and some "sadomasochistic role play," and the media is abuzz. In the Times of London, Vivienne Parry points out that mixing pleasure with pain has always been part of sex. "Like homosexuality," she writes, "it is certainly seen in animals, and many animal species bite during coitus." But more interesting than Mosley's exploits are the reactions from readers of the Times article and on a BBC post about the case. Writes James Rigby of Wickford, Essex: "There's nothing more British than a right royal spanking followed by a nice cup of tea. It helped build the Empire."

Matilda of Mayfair says: "A good spanking and whipping never did anyone any harm." Jimmy Timminover from Hartlepool writes: "There is nothing better after a hard week, than standing in the bath, and having your wife whip you, with a yard of fresh, raw tripe.

It's exciting, good for the circulation, keeps you fit, and afterwards, you can fry the tripe with a few onions, and a glass of white wine, for supper, perfect."

Unfortunately, not everyone is psyched to discuss domination. "It's clear to me that England is becoming more Satanic in nature every day, and the people who work for the BBC must take some responsibility for that," Dean from Reading declares. And Zax from Amersham sighs: "Frankly, it scares me to know what people will do in the name of recreation. How can physical aggression, bleeding wounds, broken bones, dirt, humiliation, orchestrated and ritualised violence and even deaths have any place in the psyche of any rational adult? Anyway, so much for rugby. And boxing, wrestling, judo and any other competitive contact sport you care to name, all of which are essentially substitutes for sex anyway. BDSM sounds much safer, plus there's at least a chance you'll find your fellow participants sexually attractive, unlike rugby. Er, presumably." Here's a question: Is something still "kinky" if everyone is doing it?

Why do so many of us like kinky sex? [Times]

Britain's Secretive S&M Scene [BBC News]