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University of Huddersfield Repository Turley, Emma ‘It started when I barked once when I was licking his boots!’: A phenomenological study of the  experience of bondage, discipline, dominance & submission, and sadism & masochism (BDSM) Original Citation Turley, Emma (2011) ‘It started when I barked once when I was licking his boots!’: A  phenomenological study of the experience of bondage, discipline, dominance & submission, and  sadism & masochism (BDSM). Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.  This version is available at http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/13206/ The University Repository is a digital collection of the research output of the University, available on Open Access. Copyright and Moral Rights for the items on this site are retained by the individual author and/or other copyright owners. Users may access full items free of charge; copies of full text items generally can be reproduced, displayed or performed and given to third parties in any format or medium for personal research or study, educational or not­for­profit purposes without prior permission or charge, provided: • • •

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‘It started when I barked once when I was licking his boots!’: A phenomenological study of the experience of bondage, discipline, dominance & submission, and sadism & masochism (BDSM) Volume I of II


A thesis submitted to the University of Huddersfield in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Huddersfield

December 2011

Acknowledgements When I began this work, I could never have envisaged how difficult it would be. I am certain that this thesis would not be finished if it wasn’t for the support of my family, friends and colleagues. Nain, I am indebted to you. Your unwavering love and support throughout my life cannot ever be repaid or rewarded highly enough. You always encouraged me to be all I could be, your belief conquered my doubt, and it is because of your sacrifices that I’m the person I am today. No words can express my eternal gratitude. Ceri, it is rare that people find their soulmate, I’m lucky I did. You have endured so much during the production of this thesis, for that I apologise. Thank you for your patience, support and encouragement, especially during those very bleak moments. Thanks for making me laugh. Caru ti. My family; Dan, Abbey, Laura, William, Elizabeth, Jean & Mark, Ian & Linda, my parents; Martin & Sonya and step-parents; Jeff & Helen – thanks for understanding why I couldn’t come and visit so much. I’ll have more time now. Professor Nigel King, you have been amazing throughout this process. Thank you so much for your guidance and support, which went above and beyond the remit of a Director of Studies. I am in awe of your ability as a phenomenological psychologist. Thanks for believing in me. Dr Surya Monro, thank you for joining this project so late in the day. I’m glad you did. Your kind words of encouragement and empathy helped me to get through these last months. Your work is inspirational. Dr Trevor Butt, thanks for sticking with me for so long. Your constructive comments were invaluable. You made supervision a pleasure. Ross and Chris, my best friends, I can simply thank you. You have helped me so much in many ways. You have listened to me, discussed with me, danced with me, and laughed with me. Your friendship means everything to me. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the people who took part in this study. Thank you for giving up your time and for sharing your experiences with me. 2


The research presented in this thesis aims to explore the lived experience of