To write a defence of masochism is a brave and difficult task. Weak claims about pain and pleasure undermine the effort.
Too often, phenomenology is made into a step-by-step process that claims a knowledge outcome. Knowledge, however, in a phenomenological study, is an altogether different beast.
A lot of what is ‘peer-reviewed’ and published as phenomenology is, my stupid detector reports, stupid. But why?
To write a description is to wield a special magic. Description moves us from being blind, dull and predictable into being visionary, original and of truth.
Writing phenomenology is how phenomenological discovery is made when the writing is active and poem-ing.
Writing a phenomenological description is a process that must contain active life in the words, phrases, structure and doing.
Despite phenomenology being a practice of written description, few textbooks and critical works discuss how to write a phenomenological description.