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Links 1 through 10 of 43 by Viviane Tang tagged kink

I used to look at the pride flags on top of the armory and see it as a grand victory. The armory had been a place of war training but now it was the biggest kinky film studio in the world. I thought that if the freaks could siege the armory, they could take anything. But what is it but a corporate model looking to make money and nothing more? It’s not a special conspiracy, it’s the nature of the beast of capitalism. It exists to make money.

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The ethics of consent is becoming a hot, vital topic of discussion in alternative sexuality communities. While talking about consent is something that never quite goes away, especially in BDSM communities, a lot of the dialogue doesn't stray much beyond making sure that everyone is over 18 and knows his or her safeword. A few months ago, local activist bad-asses Maggie Mayhem and Kitty Stryker talked to us about their attempts to speak openly about abuse in BDSM and build "consent culture." As they prepare to take those ideas on a cross-country tour, plenty of other people are continuing the conversation here in the Bay Area.

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Because being a nerd—especially if one participates in nerd culture around things like comic books, science fiction/fantasy, RPGing, etc.—is excellent training for becoming an active member of the BDSM community. The young nerd, shunned by the elite, perforce becomes accustomed to hanging around other nerds and social outcasts of all types. Nerds thus develop a high tolerance for socially nonconforming people and come to feel that such individuals are, by definition, nicer and more interesting than the Cool Kids. They embrace being weird, in other words.

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Gladwell disputes the usefulness of social media in motivating and coordinating high-risk activism. A very interesting look at the difference in utility between strong ties and weak ties. (via @sitps)

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One of the key pieces of sex-positivity can be summed up by the acronym YKINMKBYKIOK, which stands for “Your Kink Is Not My Kink But Your Kink Is OK”. Once you realize that your turn-ons and your squicks come from within you, once you realize that it has less to do with what someone else is doing or saying than you think, you can discover much more sexual freedom within yourself.

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I now liken the contest circuit to the court system within the larger LGBT community. It has its own community, priorities, protocols, rituals, honors, awards and social constructs. It is a subset of the overall LGBT community, but does not necessarily “represent” that entire community in the sense that not all LGBT folks relate to the court system or its adherents. They might attend a court event or mix socially with court members and winners, but that doesn’t mean they relate to them personally whatsoever. That’s not a judgment, just an observation.

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Here's some practical insider info on how to pack smartly while avoiding a lengthy non-consensual interrogation scene with Homeland Security.

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Since its inception, Dark Odyssey events have featured over one hundred different presenters from all over the United States and Canada as well as Germany, Switzerland, and South Korea. We have confirmed our line up of nationally acclaimed authors, award-winning educators, and incredible presenters from all over the United States. We are proud to feature these new folks who will present at Dark Odyssey for the very first time.

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The video is way more entertaining than the song itself (which is catchy, by the way), and it’s packed with sex, high-gloss fetish couture, surreal effects and some serious shoes worthy of worship. Can you count the fetishes? There are some pretty obscure ones here, mixed with more obvious ones, and it’s interlaced with current pop fetishes (such as the coffins resembling the [Anubis] travel coffins in “True Blood”).

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