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'Slaves,' 'Masters,' And The Uncomfortable Language Of Kink

J.A. Rock | Posted 10.25.2016 | Queer Voices
J.A. Rock

Kink is about fantasy, yes, but people also base their play on some very harsh realities... [and it's] no stranger to ideas and activities that are potentially offensive and triggering.

An Inside Look At Open Relationships That Will Definitely Surprise You

Moushumi Ghose, MFT | Posted 09.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Moushumi Ghose, MFT

There are many templates for what a committed, monogamous, heterosexual relationship should look like. Everywhere we look, we see individuals engulfed...

Trying To Understand Consent? Ask The LGBTQ And Kink Communities

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.16.2016 | Queer Voices

Lizzy is a 21-year-old woman who identifies as bisexual, kinky and polyamorous. Lately, she’s noticed the kink community’s model of consent spread...

Kinky Photos Chronicle The Men Who Dress Up As Sex Dolls

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.04.2016 | Arts

Most human beings can empathize with the visceral urge to disguise oneself, temporarily transforming into another person, being or thing. The simple a...

How My Kinkiness and Depression Are Related

J.A. Rock | Posted 02.15.2017 | Queer Voices
J.A. Rock

I've concluded is that my kinkiness and my depression are related--in that they're of a piece with who I am. I don't get to pick and choose these facets of my identity, so they have to learn to coexist. I try not to play if I'm so depressed that I feel disoriented, or unfocused, or angry with myself.

4 Myths About Kink And Consent You Shouldn't Believe

J.A. Rock | Posted 12.12.2016 | Queer Voices
J.A. Rock

Consent works the same way in the kink world as it does in the vanilla world. If you don't know what your partner likes or wants, ask. With your words.

James Deen and the Crisis of Media-Appointed Feminist 'Heroes'

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 12.11.2016 | Women
Lisa Marie Basile

Reading through the "we were wrong" headlines, it's clear that the masses are wondering: How could it be that someone who was public and likable and funny and into consent was allegedly raping his coworkers and other women?

How Does A Bi Marriage Really Work?

Kevin Hogan | Posted 11.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

I find it beautiful and exciting that my wife is attracted to other genders, and I'm fortunate that she feels the same way about me. For us, this is an integral part of who we are.

The Death of Thrifty Kink?

Scott Stiffler | Posted 09.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Stiffler

I've lived in the middle of Manhattan for the better part of 19 years -- and until recently, "cheap" did a bang-up job of describing the nature, and price, of thrills on that wonderfully welcoming downscale strip of West 14th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues.

Lace + Leather = The Perfect Added Kink in the Bedroom

Michael Kleinmann | Posted 05.04.2016 | Style
Michael Kleinmann

Legendary pop star Britney Spears once dedicated a song to lace and leather, and it's no wonder - the trend of combining sweet and sexy has been popular for years, perhaps even centuries.

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

A Sex-Positive Feminist Laments '50 Shades of Boredom'

Gracie X | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Gracie X

He's creepy. He's that guy who needs a personality overhaul, the dude who's too controlling, too domineering -- out of bed. You want to dominate me in bed? Be my guest. You want to drive? Here are the keys to my clitoris. But don't pull that controlling crap out of bed.

How the Fifty Shades Movie Is Better Than the Book

Em & Lo | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Before the movie came out, we had a list of 10 ways we hoped the movie would improve upon the book. Let's see how it faired below. Then we'll cover the pleasant surprises and less expected disappointments.

Christian Grey Is Not a True Dominant

Susan Wright | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Susan Wright

There are plenty of things I like about Fifty Shades of Grey. It's a hot romance novel, which is always good, and it has kinky sex in it, which is even better. But E.L. James fell into the classic stereotype by making Christian Grey the dominant one in the relationship.

What 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Gets Right And Wrong About BDSM

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.12.2015 | Home

BDSM is having a pop culture moment, thanks mostly to Fifty Shades of Grey, the unavoidable book trilogy by E.L. James that will become virtually omni...

Fifty Shades of Meh: A Real Dominatrix Takes On the Bestseller

Mistress Trinity | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mistress Trinity

There are a lot of people who would rather get a good spanking than a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day and I'm all for that. The problem I have with Fifty Shades of Grey is that it's BDSM for Dummies, it's BDSM Lite.

What's The Kinkiest City In America?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What's the kinkiest city in America? Kink University set out to answer this question by looking at the BDSM, fetish and polyamorous communities of ...

10 Things We Hope the 'Fifty Shades' Movie Does Better Than the Book

Em & Lo | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in the mega-selling erotic trilogy by E.L. James, is almost here! It arrives in theaters Valentine's Day weekend (ladies, get your limos ready!).

Queer Film Cubby Sparks Controversy Before It's Even Released

Shawn Binder | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shawn Binder

It's the film's inclusion of both a male sex worker character and a young child that's making some uncomfortable, although Blane is quick to point out that there is no remote connection between the two in terms of sexual situations or scenes.

Is Kinky Sex More Than Just A Pastime?

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There's a different type of sex for everyone, including those who get off on pain and power play. But are those who enjoy the darker side of sex just ...

James Franco's New BDSM Film Hits Theaters

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Kink" is finally here! James Franco's long-anticipated BDSM film, directed by Christina Voros, hit limited theaters Aug. 22, with the actor celebr...

The Sex Book That Will Blow Your Mind

Roz Warren | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty
Roz Warren

I got an unexpected package in the mail the other day. Because I'm a book reviewer, I somehow ended up on the list of folks who get review copies from Cleis Press, a publisher of feminist erotica. Imagine my surprise when I opened my package at the counter of the local post office to find a brand new copy of 'The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.'

Why Kink Matters

Peter Acworth | Posted 03.16.2013 | San Francisco
Peter Acworth

It became clear that I could make a living creating fetish porn, and I jumped at the opportunity. But for me, porn has never been just a business -- it's about providing access for hundreds of thousands of people like me whose fantasies live outside the bounds of conventional sexuality.

Sex School With Madison Young: BDSM Basics

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

I have invited Madison to share some excellent tips on how to incorporate BDSM into your sex life. If you crave a bit of Fifty Shades action but don't know how to make those fantasies into realities, Madison has tons of helpful info for you.

PHOTOS: Tour The City's Most Infamous Porn Company

Posted 11.14.2012 | San Francisco

It's been a busy year for The San Francisco-based fetish pornography company, situated inside the city's historic Armory building, has be...