Originally Posted by dingedheart
In what regard do you see dominance valued and looked up at. Sadism is "almost" never associated with anything positive? Give me an example of the exception?
Frankly, I can't come up with a single example of sadism being associated with anything positive outside of the BDSM circles, but wary of general statements in principle, I added the "almost".
And I think our culture views personal power and leadership still very much as power OVER someone, being able to make others do things they wouldn't normally do. This is an awfully narrow definition of power but I think it's seen as worth pursuing by many people; rather be the one giving orders than taking them.