BDSM and queer BDSM: term clarification and talk || Ann Antidote

Short is the pain, eternal the joy: A talk about BDSM, its general terms and aspects of BDSM in queer comunities. The visibilty of BDSM has increased in the last years, not surprisingly following the development of the internet which not only accelerated the access to information and discussion, but also promoted a change in the awarenes and perception, also from the mainstream society. In the queer and feminist communities this was no exception, except that the discussion was not to be dissociated from the discussion on power, privilege, abuse and of course, consent, both at a personal and collective level. BDSM is based on mutual consent, negotiation, respect of borders.. Without consent, negotiation, respect of borders, the many labels to put to it are not nice or fluffy, and can go from plainly unpleasant to criminal. This talk will aproach BDSM in its aspect of consensual life style only, and will deal in the first place with some common terms, the imense diversity inside it, and basically try to answer the questions that arise. The scope is not to cover all aspects from BDSM, but to convey a general idea to those getting interested in it and eventually looking forward to learn more. We will look into BDSM from a queer (in the sense of safe space) point of view, which needs can be thematised, what makes it special, its chalenges and achievements. This is not going to be a practical WS on special or generic BDSM practices, although information can be provided on where to get educational resources. some topics might be sensitive or trigger, and although the discussion will be moderated and rules will be defined, we kindly ask that each participant actively looks after hir borders.

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