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interested in BDSM and fetish, or identify as kinky.
What is BDSM?
BDSM stands for the following: Bondage and Discipline (BD), Domination and Submission (DS),
Sadism and Masochism (SM).
These subcultures or sexual practices include consensual erotic exchanges between people
based on domination and submission, restraint, and other forms of sexual interaction, such as
role-playing, edging, humiliation and financial domination.
Bondage & Discipline
Bondage and discipline is the practice of physical restriction through different methods such as
shibari, suspension, chastity bondage and sensory deprivation, etc.
Role-playing that includes submission, discipline, punishment, and obedience training is also a
part of bondage and discipline.
Sadism & Masochism
Sadomasochism is a practice of deriving sexual pleasure from inflicting (sadism) or receiving
pain (masochism). Consensual dominance, restraint, humiliation, impact play, needle play and
electrical play, are all examples of Sadomasochism.
Submission & Domination
Domination and Submission is consent to erotic customs, rituals and behavior, or a lifestyle,
involving a submissive and a dominant partner. Typically this is a relationship with inequality
between its roles and is often exploder through role-play, obedience training, and feminization.
BDSM defines a number of subcultures which consensually participate in erotic and sensual
acts or behaviors in which an individual either administers or receives physical or psychological
pain and/or pleasure. Activities include spanking, flogging, electrical play, shibari, edging,
financial domination and role-play.
Those who participant in BDSM culture often identify as different roles, depending on their
preference and relationship needs, Doms, tops and uppers all take a dominant role in a
relationship, while subs, bottoms or lowers take a submissive or subordinate role in a
relationship. A switch is different in that they can switch between both dominant and submissive
roles, opting to either dominate a partner or submit to them.
WHAT IS FETISH?
A fetish is a sexual desire or arousal in response to something that isn't typically erotic. Objects
or items of clothing in silk stockings, high heel shoes, lace panties or latex, have a fetish
following, and so do human body parts like feet, legs and hands to name a few.
WHAT IS KINK?
Kink describes unconventional sexual fantasies, behaviors and/or practices. There is a
spectrum of kink, which overlaps with the BDSM and fetish subcultures.
Kinky behaviors include creating erotic fan-art, rope-play, cybersex and temperature play.
BDSM, FETISH AND KINK
Often misrepresented and misunderstood, BDSM, fetish, and kink are a form of healthy erotic
self-expression, especially when all parties comply with SSC in all interactions: Safe, Sane and
The world of BDSM is an exciting new adventure for both singles and couples. The practices
involved in BDSM help build complete trust in partners, and they can help your realize your
So, sign up with a partner and add some spice to your routine, or try something new with
someone new. Don't be shy!