BROADLY: Understanding Sexual Pleasure Isn’t Just Fun—It’s Crucial

In "Unscrewing Ourselves," our first annual Sex Month on Broadly, we explore the state of sex ed today by highlighting the individuals and ideas changing our sexual health for the better. Read more…


TONIC: BSDM Can Provide Profound Healing Experiences

Cupcake Sinclair likes to be punished. As a professional submissive and fetish porn producer in Los Angeles, being tied up, spanked, and flogged is part of the job description. It's also what she…


HELLO GIGGLES: How I use BDSM to cope with my trauma from sexual assault

Every 98 seconds, an American becomes a survivor of sexual assault. In 2007, I was one of them. In the years that followed, I wasn’t able to acknowledge my experience as an assault. Of course, I…


HELLO FLO: How Kinky Sex is Related to Happiness and Creativity

Rena McDaniel, a Chicago sexologist told Bustle that “Kinks, much like like sexual orientation and gender identity, are created through a complex interplay that research doesn’t fully understand of…


HUFFPOST: BDSM and Mental Health

In college, I read an article about Russian “whipping therapy.” At first I thought it was a joke—Siberian scientists were promoting flogging and caning as a “cure” for depression, addiction, and…


AUTOSTRADDLE: Bottoms Up: Holistic Masochism

Three years ago, I was fresh from what was then the worst breakup of my life. I drank a lot, smoked even more and stopped going to school. I spent all day angry and sad and confused. I wanted to feel…


VIBE: Would You Try BDSM If It Involved Spiritual Healing?

When it comes to the topic of BDSM, the topic is still relatively taboo. BDSM practices as a form of alternative sexuality is often stigmatized as deviant, unhealthy, and sensationalized…


iNEWS: How BDSM helps me with anxiety and low self-esteem

Hearing the phrase “BDSM” sends people’s minds in one of two directions. Mention Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism and they’ll think of intimidating sex shops where you press a buzzer and a…


PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: The Neurobiology of BDSM Sexual Practice

By now, everyone’s got an opinion about 50 Shades of Grey: It's trash—it’s fun fantasy-fodder—it’s misogynist—it’s empowering for women—it’s silly.  While the 50 Shades media saturation has grown…


MEDICAL DAILY: Kinky Sex: 6 Science-Backed Benefits Of BDSM

 It’s no secret the trilogy and impending release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey has sparked our curiosity of the taboo 6-for-4 deal acronym: Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and…