Blacklisted: Boundaries, Violations, and Retaliatory Behavior in the BDSM Community

  title={Blacklisted: Boundaries, Violations, and Retaliatory Behavior in the BDSM Community},
  author={Karen M. Holt},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={917 - 930}
  • Karen M. Holt
  • Published 7 April 2016
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • Deviant Behavior
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