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What the fuck is with women, specifically house wife/stay at home mom types, and this dumb as shit book. The writing is as bad as Twilight (it started as twilight fan fic, in fact), and the bdsm is trite. The eroticism is "oh yes. fuck me there. yes. that is good. i like to be fucked and spanked. yes. please. oh. oh. this is nice. i am aroused. I am turned on.".
What the heck kind of sex scene were you expecting from fanfiction? That's about as good as it ever gets.
Oh, it was a Twilight fanfic? Everything makes so much sense now. You have to remember that the vanilla types have never come into contact with anything as kinky as this "spanking" stuff before. Not that there's anything wrong with being vanilla, of course. Except when they take pictures of themselves doing absolutely disgusting things like having missionary sex with no ropes or whips and then post it all over the internet and shove it down our throats in banner ads. You know what, vanillas just make me sick!
The thing about this "escaping from responsibility" thing is that you only ever hear it from the dom/mes... isn't it more likely that the clientele of outspoken dominatrices are high-flying rich men ("hey, we have judges, lawyers and rich businessmen!") because they are the ones that can afford $600 per hour, rather than this is what the occupation causes them to want? I'm not convinced that this sort of "release" thing is anywhere near a proper explanation.
It could be true, but only in some cases for the reason you suggest. Any "explanation" will necessarily involve gratuitious amounts of intellectual masturbation, as even basic demographic statistics of BDSM practitioners are either non-existent or drawn from extremely biased samples.
There is one easy answer. "it fucking feels good, and that's all that matters". ;-)
All sexual studies draw from one selection bias to the other. Hell, this is why we can't answer the question "what percentage of the population is actually gay?" - and of course, not least because defining "gay" for this purpose is a clusterfuck. Hence why LGBT groups say it's in the range of 10-15% but an ONS survey recently came out with 3%. Fuckin' statistics...
But in any case, here is a complete list of people I know with submissive tendencies and high-power high-responsibility jobs:
You might get a good kick out of this post, then: http://pennyred.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/chains-of-oppression-katie-roiphe-lena.html?spref=fb
It's possible gottfried made it better!