Chapter 10. Rumsfeld!: Consensual BDSM and “Sadomasochistic” Torture at Abu Ghraib

  1. Ellen Lewin professor2 and
  2. William L. Leap professor3
  1. Margot Weiss PhD assistant professor

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch10

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World

How to Cite

Weiss, M. (2009) Rumsfeld!: Consensual BDSM and “Sadomasochistic” Torture at Abu Ghraib, in Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (eds E. Lewin and W. L. Leap), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310689.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Iowa, USA

  2. 3

    American University, USA

Author Information

  1. American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191029

Online ISBN: 9781444310689

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Keywords:

  • consensual BDSM and “sadomasochistic” torture at Abu Ghraib;
  • consensual BDSM play scene, taking place at San Francisco dungeon;
  • SM interrogation scene and Abu Ghraib photographs, relying on feedback loops;
  • American soldiers, humiliating Iraqi detainees;
  • “sadomasochism”, describing sexual perversion;
  • Abu Ghraib - torture and imperial perversion

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Sadomasochistic” Torture

  • BDSM: The Interrogation Scene

  • Abu Ghraib: Torture and Imperial Perversion

  • BDSM and Torture: Performative Efficacy

  • References