•BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Domination/Submission, Sadism/Masochism.
•In a small sample there were no significant differences between BDSM practitioners and the general population on measures of psychopathology, depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychological sadism and masochism. (Connoly 2006)
•A study looking at message board posts found 71% of heterosexual males but only 11% of heterosexual females and 12% of homosexual males prefer a dominant role when engaging in sexual bondage. (Ernulf, 1995.)
•The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a national organization committed to supporting the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression, conducted an informal survey of SM practitioners in 1998-1999. Some survey results are available on the NCSF website, and indicate that SM practitioners may be at greater risk for harassment, violence, and damage to property.(NCSF, 1999)
•5-10% of the U.S. engages in SM for sexual pleasure on at least an occasional basis (Lowe, 1983).
•12% of females and 22% of males reported erotic response to a SM story (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
•55% of females and 50% of males reported having responded erotically to being bitten (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
•14% of men and 11% of women have had some sexual experience with sadomasochism (Janus & Janus, 1993).
•11% of men and 17% of women reported trying bondage (Lowe, 1983).