Category Archives: kink

The Harm of Sloppy Storytelling

Dominatrix Community Condemns Netflix Show ‘Bonding’ As ‘Inauthentic’ and ‘Problematic’ (IndieWire via yahoo.com) I’m old enough that my first explorations of my sexuality online weren’t done on the Internet, but on local computer bulletin boards. I got regular Internet access when I first went off to college, and as wonderful of a resource as the Internet proved to be for that purpose, it also provided me with my first lessons about how “nothing ever really leaves the Internet,” long before anyone thought to coin that…

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Sit On My Face and Tell Me You Love Free Speech

The UK’s sexist new pornography restrictions  aren’t just an act of state censorship, but could be the first step towards something even worse (The Independent) U.K. Sex Workers Sitting on Each Other’s Faces for Their Right to Fist (Gawker) If you study human sexuality for any length of time, particularly fetish culture, you quickly gain an appreciation for the seemingly limitless ways in which we humans experience erotic enjoyment. I’ve often argued that the infamous “Rule 34” of the Internet, that if something exists then…

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Coming Out

FAQs for Kink Coming Out Day (kinkcomingoutday.com) My name is Sean Shannon, and I am kinky. This is not news to most of you, I am sure. Although I was quiet about my kink for a few years between finishing graduate school and starting to promote The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon, I’ve been relatively open about identifying as kinky since I first got on the Internet back in 1994. (Good grief, twenty years next year. I’m old.) That was in the wake of Madonna’s Sex book (and associated…

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Blurring the Line

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus: Reports of bondage rituals (digitaljournal.com) Kink.com CEO says fetish porn is not to blame for shocking sex cases (New York Daily News) When I was very young, CBS’s adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, was one of the most popular shows out there. Since my father was a huge fan of M*A*S*H, which also ran on CBS, I’d see lots of promotions for the show, and for a time the sight of Bixby’s Dr. David Banner transforming into…

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Bound to the System

“Fifty Shades of Grey” sparks marketing mania (Reuters) Thanks to its inclusion in a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic online video anthology, I’ve had the Lonely Island’s song “Threw It on the Ground” stuck in my head on and off for about a week. (Let me add here, as an aside, that I’m majorly bummed that I couldn’t make the pony con that’s going on in Ohio this weekend.) As I teach and encourage my students to question their assumptions, and not to let those…

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