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The word kink has myriad associations — leather, spanking, corsets, whips, maybe even a ginger root. While its depictions in popular culture are abundant and eager, they are hardly ever accurate. BDSM practitioners have called the movie more vanilla than BDSM , or dangerous, because of its superficial understanding of violent sex , glorifyingly portrayed without context.

The kink sexual preference is a greatly stigmatized one, and the psychology behind it misunderstood. Understanding how kink develops and what kinky people get out of it are initial steps toward normalizing an integral aspect of human sexuality. Individuals may gravitate toward kink in two ways; the journey is either innate and realized as grows up, or an acquired taste later in life for others wanting to explore their sexuality.

Between ages 11 and 14, kids come to terms with their interests. The last stage of kink development includes engaging in kink interests with others, which usually happens after a kinkster surpasses He adds that young kinky people often feel like they are freaks, sick or evil for entertaining their desires.

This is mostly due to the stigma and silence around kinky behaviors, which le to rampant pop psychology pathologization of kink in media and the law. A majority of the stigma against age-play arises from the conflation of pedophilia with child sexual abuse. The former is a sexual preference, while the latter is an illegal practice that harms minors who cannot consent. In age-play, the consenting, adult sexual partners act an age different from their own, for various reasons: those who act younger may want to be cared for, or disciplined or simply play an age that they feel most familiar with.

Normalizing the kink for the person, and helping them find a like-minded or accepting partner, is most important, writes Rhoda Lipscomb, a certified sex therapist, in a presentation for Alt Sex NYC Conference. With those steps come self-acceptance, less anger, better sleeping habits and better relationship patterns for those involved. For dominant-submissive relationships in BDSM, the underlying psychological motivations are more clearly researched. Petra Zebroff. In addition to understanding the motivations of the sexual players, it is also important to destroy the myth that BDSM encourages unwelcome violence against partners.

In sexual play that involves intense sensation sometimes, pain , for example, the players seek to achieve pleasure and challenge their boundaries, Michael Aaron, Alt Sex NYC co-organizer and sex therapist and sexologist, writes in a presentation.

People choose to harm themselves for a variety of reasons, Aaron writes: to alleviate negative emotions, to direct anger at themselves, to elicit affection from others, to interrupt feelings of being empty, to resist suicidal urges, to generate excitement, or to feel distinct from others. The bodily harm from when an individual inflicts injuries on themselves outside of a sexual context — what is called non-suicidal self-injurious behavior NSSI — is different from BDSM, mainly in the ways an individual feels after the hurting has happened, Aaron writes.

NSSI can arise out of wanting relief from overwhelming feelings and wanting to distract emotional pain with physical. After inflicting pain for these unhealthy reasons, however, the individual feels broken or damaged, and more alienated from others. For others, engaging in kinky behavior may help in dealing with past trauma. However, the process of navigating a past trauma proves difficult even within the kink communities, according to d sex therapist Samantha Manewitz. In an Alt Sex NYC Conference presentation , she lays out how kinksters with trauma can internalize shame, be unwilling to give up power to their sexual partners or be able to explain their own responses in BDSM play.

Some scenes can also trigger trauma or feelings of isolation. It is important to empower the survivor in such situations — build their coping skills through negotiation before an act, exposing them to the act during play, and integrating their thoughts with their feelings after BDSM through aftercare, Manewitz writes. Kink can also help build an inclusive environment for queer folks. Hughes compares the identity development for kink to the way in which kids can realize their queer identities. The emotional stages are similar, including dealing with stigma and making positive associations with those realizations.

Kink can also help marginalized communities feel more comfortable in their own skin. For trans people, their relationships with their bodies are colored by dysphoria, awkwardness, and trauma. For a group whose bodies and existence are unabashedly questioned, fetishized, or who are made to feel unwelcome in societal institutions, consent in a sexual scenario holds utmost importance.

Trans or gender non-conforming folks can greatly benefit from this structure, as they may not have been accorded the opportunity or the language to communicate their sexual needs. Through using safe words, they can feel protected and respected; and through tight-knit local BDSM communities, they can encounter people who will respect them and their boundaries.

It is a shame, then, that some forms of kink, and within it BDSM, are regarded as detached, cruel and violent. In reality, kink can be a vehicle for people to embrace their vulnerability, maintain intimate bonds with various people, and learn to communicate and negotiate varied sexual preferences in a non-judgmental way. When we achieve a greater understanding of non-normative sexual practices, we normalize identities that are otherwise marginalized, and who knows — might even learn a thing or two instead, both in and out of sex.

After graduating from NYU as a Journalism and Politics major, she covered breaking news and politics in New York City, and dabbled in de and entertainment journalism. Follow us. Newsletter Exclusive news delivered to your inbox. Kink Outside The Box. Aug 7, Share. Image Credit: "Billions" Showtime Kink can develop innately in childhood, or be adopted later in life Individuals may gravitate toward kink in two ways; the journey is either innate and realized as grows up, or an acquired taste later in life for others wanting to explore their sexuality.

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