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Coming to Power

Coming to Power: Writings and Graphics on Lesbian S/M is a 1981 book edited by members of the lesbian feminist S/M organisation SAMOIS. It is an anthology of lesbian S/M writings.[1]

Coming to Power
Coming to Power, first edition.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Country United States
Language English
Subject Sadomasochism
Publisher SAMOIS
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 287
ISBN 0-932870-28-7

It was quickly out-of-print[2] and reached a worldwide audience the following year when it was reprinted by Alyson Publications.[2] The book alternates short stories with advice on techniques, a model that has been used by various other BDSM books since then.

A sequel The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader was published in 1996, edited by Pat Califia and Robin Sweeney.

Many of the authors in Coming to Power characterise sadomasochism as the epitome of eroticism.[3]

It is described in Coming on Strong: Gay Politics and Culture as containing lesbian erotica.[4]


  1. ^ Moser, Charles; Levitt, Eugene E. (1 August 1987). "An exploratory‐descriptive study of a sadomasochistically oriented sample". Journal of Sex Research. 23 (3): 322–337. doi:10.1080/00224498709551370. 
  2. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Sue (Spring 1999). "What a Difference a Decade Makes: "Coming to Power" and "The Second Coming"". Feminist Review (61): 97–126. doi:10.2307/1395576. 
  3. ^ France, Marie (Summer 1984). "Sadomasochism and Feminism". Feminist Review. 16: 35–42. doi:10.1057/fr.1984.4. 
  4. ^ Shepherd, Simon; Wallis, Mick, eds. (1989). Coming on Strong: Gay Politics and Culture (1. publ. ed.). London: Unwin Hyman. ISBN 978-0-04-445351-2.