MASHABLE: BDSM and meditation are more connected than you'd think

Whips, handcuffs, blindfolds, ropes, flogging, spanking. These probably aren't the kind of activities you associate with meditation and mindfulness, let alone spirituality. But if you ask those who…


BIG THINK: BDSM therapy: Are There Therapeutic and Relational Benefits to Being Submissive?

BDSM is an acronym encompassing a variety of sexual practices that include: bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism. The practice of BDSM usually consists of partners taking…


PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Kink Education Is an Ethical Obligation

The inclination for people to understand the unknown is often fueled by an immense inability to tolerate discomfort. If we look back throughout history, when folks have been presented with unfamiliar…


REFINERY29: “Kink Helped My Mental Health”. The Healing Benefits Of BDSM

Warning: This article includes mentions of suicidality, rape, drug misuse, eating disorders and self-harm. Two years ago, 38-year-old Alice* suddenly went profoundly deaf. She lost her job,…


THE BODY: How Practicing Kink Helps Keep People with Disabilities Connected to Their Desires

I pull up a headless mirror pic of my body dotted in perfect circular bruises from my thighs to my neck. “But look at how purple this bruise is,” I type and hit SEND. Taking care of my disabled body…


JEZEBEL: Sex Workers Are Furious About Bella Thorne's Self-Serving OnlyFans 'Tourism'

Bella Thorne took to Twitter over the weekend to apologize over the controversy surrounding her newly-created OnlyFans. Just last week, the media lit up with news that the former Disney star had…


THEM.: UNPACKING KAMALA HARRIS'S RECORD ON TRANS AND SEX WORK ISSUES

Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed on Tuesday afternoon that he had chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. The announcement, made via a text to supporters, sparked an…


VICE: How to Find a Sex-Positive Therapist

Layla, a 30ish queer sub who enjoys domination by her partners—her name has been changed for her privacy—has been in therapy for about five years. She first sought therapy when she divorced a…


PORTLAND MONTHLY: This Meal Delivery Service Provides Healthy Food to Portland’s Sex Workers

We’ve all heard it: “Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other city in America.” With twice as many strip clubs as public restrooms, the City of Roses boasts everything from intimate…


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Trump Administration Erases Transgender Civil Rights Protections in Health Care

The Trump administration on Friday finalized a regulation that will erase protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies, a move…