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Consent and Safety in Kinky Dynamics for Professionals

Safety in Play in the BDSM Community Safety is of great concern in the community and there are three, nearly universal, codes or measures for safety and consent guidelines for which they practice; SSC, RACK, PRICK. “Safe, Sane, and Consensual” (SSC) is the oldest of these codes and is still a common safety tool used …

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What is Kink?

Kink? Since the advent of the Internet, we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of individuals and groups who publicly acknowledge practicing lifestyles such as polyamory, swinging, and BDSM (Francoeur, et al., 1999). Millions of adults not only engage in BDSM, swinging, and polyamorous activities, but they have developed a community that shares …

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What is Age Play?

Age Play is Not What You Think “Age Play” is a consensual, fantasy, role-play power exchange relationship where one companion takes on a greater age or mentor role and the other takes on a younger, more childlike role. Oftentimes the dominant, or “D-type” in this relationship is less sadistic, taking on a more nurturing and grooming mentorship role. …

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The Kink Phobia Problem

Sexual Outsiders and Kink Phobia Sexual, genders, and relationship minorities, also known as sexual outsiders, are currently not receiving the proper standard of care by mental health professionals. One of the barriers to the development of more educational programs about this population is the lack of mainstream science acknowledging it as an identifiable subculture. This manual …

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An Introduction to Puppy Play

Ask a Sexpert What is Puppy Play? Puppy play is a form of pet or animal play in the power exchange community. The way puppy play is done, depends on individual preferences. However, the general premise is that one partner takes on the role of a biological puppy or dog. Think of it as a …

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Is Kink Healthy?

Is Kink Healthy?

Kink is Very Healthy! The Psychological community, outside of those who specialize in sex therapy, is notorious for viewing Kink and BDSM related activities as a pathology (Ortmann and Sprott,). Even the current DSM-5 stipulates that Sadism and Masochism are considered fetishistic and paraphilia and implies that these behaviors are dangerous or pathological. This makes it challenging for kinky …

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What is Kink?

Normal Sex? According to traditional American cultural ideology, “normal” sexuality, relationship and gender identity involves a man and woman (heterosexual), both of who identify with their physical gender (cisgender), and who only have sex with each other (monogamy) and who primarily have penis in vagina sex (no anal sex, oral sex, or toys) (Francoeur et. …

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Evolution of Kink into Sex Culture: An Introduction

Sexual Culture Norms Western sexual, relationship, and gender norms have evolved with the turn of the 21st century. The Western world, which encompasses Europe, North America, and South America, has been influenced in the past several centuries first by the Roman Catholic Church and more recently by Victorian England. Due to British colonization, India, parts …

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Why do medical and mental health providers need to learn about the Kink community?

Do Medical Professionals See Kinky Patients? In mental health professional ethics, it is considered unethical, and a poor standard of practice, to treat patients without understanding their culture, and there are a number of ethical standards in place to address the importance of a multicultural study. Multicultural competence also includes the fundamental understanding of the …

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