My first thought was that it'd end up being yet another endorsement of the 50 Shades franchise, with lots of declarations of how the new "Mummy Porn" industry is turning miserable housewives into mavens of sexual experimentation, but it turns out they did a fair amount of research. They surveyed about fifteen hundred people, two thirds of whom were involved in the BDSM scene to some extent, and found that those who liked to get funky in the bedroom were more inclined to be mentally healthy.
Oh boy, that's going to make for some interesting therapy sessions, isn't it.
Client: I've been feeling depressed lately, Doctor.
Psychologist: Okay, well take two spankings and call me in the morning.
Not that this is a new concept. I remember a few years back reading an article about how they were using "Whipping Therapy" on depression patients in Russia [link]. They found that after a good thrashing the patients were happier and more positive about life.
I know that when you whip someone it releases endorphins that make them feel good, kind of in the same way that exercise does, but you still have to wonder what on earth lead the Russian psychologist to think to himself, "Hmm, these guys are depressed, suicidal even ... I know, lets beat them and see is that makes them happier!"
I'm sure a lot of people are going to look at the research and think it's poppycock. Just some fringe scientists trying to get their fifteen minutes by making some eyebrow raising statements, but I'm inclined to believe them.
After all, it was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Sounds legit to me.
I don't know if any of you noticed but I decided to put an advertising link up on my top bar a little while ago, and this week I got my first advertiser! His name is The Six-Fingered Monkey and I've been a follower of his for a while now. He's clever, funny, and takes awesome selfies (even if I still think he needed to show more skin).