© Informed Consent
BDSM activism and news topics in the UK and the rest of the world, within the ethical framework of Informed Consent.
The Informed Consent Principle is that BDSM requires the freely given informed consent of all participants; that participants should make genuine efforts to reach a shared awareness of risks and consequences; that if consent is given under duress or is invalidated by mental incapacity or intoxication then it is not legitimate; and that BDSM with this informed consent should not be criminalised or lead to discrimination.
"Your Kink Is OK" was one of the best features of the old alt.sex.bondage newsgroup. It was a warm and reassuring message for new people, an ethical guide, and an attempt to create an open space where people could talk about BDSM without being slammed for it. FetLife could do with a dose of all that. [more...]
Paul Goggins MP, the original architect of Labour's extreme pornography law which criminalises possession of some BDSM images showing consenting adults, has died. It was Goggins who used the "no place in our society" phrase: [more...]
Josh writes: "David Cameron's most recent attempt at banning porn altogether for the UK public is set to take effect in January 2014. However, this pornography ban will not take the form of Internet Service Providers just censoring those sites (Internet filters, BBC, 2013) but will come with a maximum THREE YEAR PRISON SENTENCE to anybody caught in possession of or watching porn depicting simulated consensual non-consent sex." [more...]
On one hand, it's as simple as that: don't treat me like you have any power over me or that i have any duty to obey you. On the other hand perhaps you just didn't know that. Perhaps you thought that the best way to bag your own submissive was to show them and the world just how dominant you can be with any lowly submissive you come across... It doesn't really work like that. [more...]
Anti-porn campaigners are exploiting recent cases to try to get a ban on possession of images that appear to show non-consensual sex (including staged scenes) applied to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland too: [more...]
Following the campaign by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, GMP are now to record crimes targeted because of hostility or prejudice against alternative subcultures, in addition to the 5 legally protected characteristics (disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity). [more...]