Maybe you love to hate Fifty Shades Of Grey or maybe you hate to love it -- or maybe you just straight up love or hate it -- but regardless of where you fall along the spectrum of feelings about the hit book series, you probably know that the story of Christian and Anastasia is not exactly an accurate portrayal of the world of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism (or BDSM for short).
With the Fifty Shades film adaptation out in theaters this week, HuffPost's Love+Sex podcast wanted to know: what do BDSM relationships and dalliances look like in the real world? How does kink play out in the land of non-fiction? And how much of what goes on in the best-selling book and much talked-about film is actually true?
To find out, Love+Sex hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson chatted with two dominatrixes, Mona Rogers and Nina Payne of DomiDollz, who have written a book on BDSM entitled Kisses To Kink, Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, a sex researcher and professor of human sexuality, and even descended into New York City's only public BDSM dungeon, Paddles, which is owned by Michael Aulito.
Whether underground or above it, BDSM comes in a lot more colors than grey and EL James has got nothing on us... (except a book deal, a film deal and a whole lot of money). So shackle up and get ready to find out the truth behind the fiction:
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This podcast was produced by Katelyn Bogucki. Special thanks to Christopher Mathias, Emily Kassie and Andy Campbell for additional production assistance.