This Week in Kink, April 7, 2018

Articles like We Asked a Dominatrix What Sex Toys You Can’t Live Without or 15 Secrets for Sparking Your Love Life from a Sex Worker are a dime-a-dozen in pop-culture magazines, so your eyes may have glazed over and you may have missed Salon’s fantastic I Tell Men “No” for a Living: What a Dominatrix…

This Week in Kink, January 27, 2018

Let’s start with a couple of apps this week. Legal Fling is a “sexual consent” app which uses blockchain to store your personal preferences. A person can choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for different categories, including photo and video, use condom, STD-free, explicit language and BDSM. A request is then sent to the phone of their…

This Week in Kink, January 20, 2018

According to New York Post, this year “Daddy” is the new MILF, and it has nothing to do with incest kink. In Parental Figures, Femdom Resource notes that while “Mommy” may be used in roleplays, it is seldom used in the same abstract way as “Daddy”, and wonders why that is? Kiiroo and OhMiBod offered…

This Week in Kink, December 16, 2017

Twitch is a live, video-streaming service focused on broadcasting people playing computer games, board games and role-playing games, cooking, eating and making art. You might think that’s quite niche, but BBC News estimates that it has 15 million daily active users and more than 2.2 million people use it to stream their gaming sessions. Early…

This Week in Kink, December 2, 2017

It’s December, so I feel like it’s an acceptable time to say “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. You’re reading this, so you’ve probably got at least one kinky person on your shopping list. Stockings always make a great stocking stuffer (it’s in the name!), but perhaps you’re wondering what’s new this year?…

This Week in Kink, November 11, 2017

Twitter tightened its media policy guidelines last week to toughen up on revenge porn and hate speech, and Buzzfeed caused a bit of a panic by misinterpreting the guidelines as a “sweeping ban on porn”. Advertising has always had fairly strict guidelines on Twitter (because no-one wants their mother to be getting dildo ads in…

This Week in Kink, November 4, 2017

Kevin Spacey leads the news this week after he came out as gay following allegations that he tried to seduce Star Trek star Anthony Rapp when he was 14 years old, by climbing on top of him. The LGBT community has been united (and vocal) in finding the announcement a skeevy attempt at misdirection. Actor…

This Week in Kink, October 28, 2017

A common safety measure in the kink community is to “silo” your social media. You don’t use the same photo on Fetlife that you do on Facebook or Linkedin, because Google’s reverse image search may allow a stalker to follow you from one site to another. But, as facial recognition technology becomes accessible and affordable…

This Week in Kink, October 14, 2017

There’s been a lot going on in the world of long-distance interactive sex toys recently. No-one is really sure what will happen when the so-called “teledildonics patent” expires next year, lifting many of the restrictions that have prevented sex tech startups from entering the market. Other patents are still being granted. A few weeks ago…

Living Vicariously: Porn Provides a Tasting Plate for Our Unspoken Fetishes

by Lauren Rosewarne Pornography is hardly an under-theorised medium. For decades, radical feminists have decried its imagery as an instruction manual for rape. As women being objectified, humiliated, tortured. As men receiving positive reinforcement for perpetuating degradation. For decades liberals – be they of the academic, activist or artistic ilk – have raged against slippery…