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This is the story of both bondage and bonding -- a sexual lifestyle and an enduring mother/daughter bond, as well as a tender end of life saga. In her memoir, Bound, Elizabeth Anne Wood tours her emotional landscape, that of a young woman who has learned that her mother has become, late in life, a Domme, a sexual dominitrix: “It hasn’t been an imposition or an embarrassment when she’s shared her Domme adventures. It’s been a celebration,” Wood notes, (Bound, 2019, p. 32, She Writes Press.) Early on, the author set boundaries and became herself through her own search for identity. Her mother had struggled with alcohol addiction and attained sobriety for the remainder of her life. Overcoming these dependency issues, Judy, the author's mother, embarked on a voyage of self-discovery through consensual BDSM relationships, some of which lasted until the end of her life. This is an often mythologized culture that resonates with many, yet it's understood by few to be both human and humane.

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