For 250 years de Sade's writing was outlawed. Yet Fifty Shades has turned the exploration of pain and pleasure into an oddly commonplace entertainment. Do these pursuits embed undesirable power relations or are they essential to our sexuality and a route to radical forms of ecstasy? The Panel Professor of European Philosophy Alison Stone, feminist academic Finn Mackay, founder of erotic boutique Coco de Mer Sam Roddick, and sociologist Steve Fuller debate sexuality and taboo.
Mackay, F. Philosophy in the bedroom. London