BUZZFEED NEWS: Democratic Voters Are Opening Up To Decriminalizing Sex Work

Inside a congressional office building on a recent Tuesday, Kate D’Adamo had a tough sell. D’Adamo had spent the year lobbying in the US Capitol on behalf of sex workers, a workforce that’s often…


ELIGIBLE: Healing Through BDSM “Sex Play”

BDSM is a blanket term that covers a wide variety of “sex play” including bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism; however it also encompasses fetishes and kink…


REFINERY 29: My Body, My Work

Sex work is real work. That’s the battle cry led by sex workers in New York state fighting to stop the criminalization of their labor. Last June, a handful of Democrat lawmakers introduced the Stop…


ATLAS OBSCURA: When American Waitresses Were Labeled ‘Women of Ill Repute’

When Nell returned to the breakroom, her waitress’ apron was full of money. Her coworkers, spotting the dollar bills, laughed. “Them ain’t tips,” said one waitress. “Them is dates, ain’t they,……


NOW THIS: This lawyer is fighting to decriminalize sex work in New York

Lawyer Jared Trujillo is fighting to change the law criminalizing sex work in New York. “Sex work is inherently work,” he explained. “It’s how people feed their families. It’s how people put clothes…


THE CONVERSATION: Yes, latex gloves can be part of a healthy relationship: busting the myths around sexual fetishism

People with fetishes have a sexual attraction to inanimate, non-living objects or non-genital body parts. Any body part can become a fetish, including feet, hair, and noses. Most object fetishes tend…


WEAR YOUR VOICE: Karmenife X On Healing Through Being a Dominatrix and Subverting White Supremacy

“My name is Karmenife X, but your dad probably knows me as Goddess Madame Namio. I am a professional and financial dominatrix. If you would have asked me when I was 18 if I could ever see myself…


THE ROOT: Decriminalizing Sex Work Makes the Entire Black Community Safer

I came out rather late, while I was serving in the military, hundreds of miles away from my parents, siblings and children. I was stationed in Fort Myers, Virginia, and I worked part-time in…


PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: A Loving Introduction to BDSM

In the child’s game, Trust Me, one person stands behind the other. The one in front falls backward, trusting the other to catch them before crashing to the floor. Trust Me contains an element of…


PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: BDSM as Harm Reduction

As I've written about numerous times, I am a strong believer that when it comes to sexuality, the field of psychotherapy is moving away from a more authoritarian top-down lens (and I would consider…