Samois

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SAMOIS was a lesbian-feminist BDSM organization based in San Francisco and founded in 1978, taking its name from the estate of Anne-Marie, a lesbian dominatrix in Story of O who pierces and brands O. One of the more famous members was the writer Pat Califia.

In 1981 they published a book Coming to Power - Writing and graphics on Lesbian S/M which reached a world-wide audience the following year when it was reprinted by Alyson Publications. The book alternates short stories with advice on technique, a model that has been used by various other BDSM books since then. A sequel The Second Coming was published in 1996.

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