Spanking's Stressful, but S&M Brings Couples Closer
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 31, 2009 3:10 PM CDT
Hold still! Your cortisol levels will return to normal in no time.

(Newser) – Spanking your partner may ratchet up their stress hormones, but they’ll thank you when it’s over, according to a new study. Researchers measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at one S&M party, and testosterone levels at another. Those on the receiving end saw cortisol rise, the New Scientist reports, and women saw testosterone increase. But levels dropped afterward, and couples reported increases in relationship closeness.

“When sexual intercourse is consensual it is not stressful—even if it is extreme sex,” concluded one researcher. But one psychologist notes that nearly all shared activity brings couples closer. “It doesn't have to be tying up your partner or placing clamps on their nipples,” he said. “It could be something as simple as cooking a meal together.”

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Apr 1, 2009 11:24 AM CDT
Just because he doesn’t like it doesn’t mean that he is it or afraid of being it. There is no dangerous road to go down. I can think of plenty of things that you would condemn off hand -- at least I would hope so -- that I would not think to accuse you of secretly being.
Apr 1, 2009 4:37 AM CDT
Hey, I'm no prude! I enjoy soft porn such as that offered by Playboy magazine. I never did understand the argument that such erotica debased and encouraged violence against women. It seems to me that prudes are inclined to equate sex with violence. To me sex and violence are opposites. That in, a nut shell, is my beef against S&M.
Apr 1, 2009 4:33 AM CDT
Look, when it comes to sex, I think anything that goes on between consenting adults is OK. Now, a sadist is someone who derives sexual gratification by inflicting pain and humiliation on others. I just can't see how that is OK. I don't believe that any mentally healthy person would enjoy pain and humiliation. Furthermore, I do not believe that a true sadist would want to practice on a person who actually enjoyed it. That would defeat his purpose. You may say, "oh we're just role playing". I don't know. Why would anyone even want to start down that road?