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BDSM & Dungeons & Dragons

Heh - I didn't expect to see Dungeons & Dragons get quoted in an article about BDSM...

"A lot of the time it's about understanding the language - and what really is going on. Actually, at the end of the day it's just a game - and no more threatening compared to the other games people play, like Dungeons and Dragons, or even going to Star Trek conventions."

Britain's Secretive S&M Scene (BBC News; Monday 14th July 2008)

It continually amuses me that fluffy handcuffs and whips are available in most high streets yet the 'media' and 'moral right' still consider BDSM something which is underground and unusual.


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Jul. 14th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Even more fun is the different treatment you get if you're a man into BDSM (Max Mosley) or a woman into BDSM (Angelina Jolie). Some serious meta going on.
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Heh... yes indeed. :)
Jul. 14th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
The crossover between these things appears to be fairly common too. Perhaps most explicitly in the swords-and-sandals crowd.
Jul. 14th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I do find it amusing that every single woman's magazine has run an article about how to jazz up your sex life with fluffy handcuffs and cheap bondage tape.

Do the lad's mags bother with this stuff?

Jul. 15th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
As far as I can see, no (Not being a regular reader of such publications, even when very drunk and bored). This would be down to an implication to their target audience that their sexual prowess is beyond criticism. After all, why else would those nubile, scantily clad women with acute nymphomania and their own breweries featured in said magazines be looking at them from the pages of the publication.

Damn! I think the emperor may have forgotten his clothes again.
Jul. 14th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
the cynic in me just had to say two things
1) the jump from fluffy handcuffs to some of the concepts in bdsm is a jump further than most make in a conceptual lifetime
2) how many people who see themselves as part of the subculture would be happy if those people who see them as immoral now welcomed them tomorrow?

Jul. 14th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is a professional dominatrix. She says that 9 out of 10 kinky submissives are either members of the moral right or people who court the moral right's vote. I think that assessment is pretty true, if one compares it to the number of disgraced kinkster Republicans who have been outed in recent years.

Jul. 15th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
I guess it still holds true that latent 'whatevers' will argue hardest against what they fear becoming themselves. Of course, the age old 'public school' debate can't help but be cited as another cause for that I guess.
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