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Sociologists Attempt to Reclassify BDSM as Leisure Activity to Remove Stigma

In a bid to remove the stigma surrounding BDSM sexual practice, sociologists are attempting to reclassify it as a “leisure activity”. Although scholars do not always agree on a precise definition of leisure, there is a consensus that leisure experience must be intrinsically motivated, freely chosen, and thus personally meaningful.

There is an incredibly wide range of potential activities, both personal and social, that if freely chosen and intrinsically motivated, can qualify as legitimate leisure, including all sorts of hobbies, artistic endeavors, cultural events, sports, outdoor activities, and social activities. The possibilities for leisure are seemingly endless.

The researchers, led by Idaho State University, wanted to build on recent studies that suggested instead of a traditional psychopathologic explanation, BDSM could be understood as a potential leisure activity.

Since this framing of attitudes had not been scientifically or empirically explored yet, the researchers decided this was just what they would set out to do.

Historically, BDSM has long been understood from a psychopathological perspective,” lead author Dr. DJ Williams wrote in a previous study published in the Journal of Positive Sexuality. But as this research showed that many people don’t consider BDSM as a sexual interaction, rather as a means of forming intimate relationships, among other things, this was considered a limited approach.

In considering the many academic and non-academic accounts of BDSM, our focus is to suggest that a broad leisure perspective currently offers the best theoretical approach to begin making sense of BDSM,” he wrote.

In the new study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Dr Williams and colleagues surveyed 935 BDSM participants who answered questions about BDSM experiences according to the attributes considered important for leisure activities.

The researchers suggest the results show that BDSM could easily be reclassified as a leisure activity due to the similarities between both like developing personal skills, creating a sense of adventure, and reducing stress. If it isn’t similar to leisure pursuits, why does it include words such as “play” and “games”, they posited.

Of the participants, whose ages ranged from 18 to 78, 90 percent said that BDSM gave them a sense of personal freedom, 99 percent said it gave them pleasure and enjoyment, 90 percent said they used personal skills, 90 percent said it was associated with self-expression, 91 percent said it reduced stress, and 97 percent said it involved positive emotions.

Our findings show, overwhelmingly, that BDSM fits properties of common leisure experience, similar to people who enjoy golf, swimming and attending cultural events,” Dr Williams said.

The researchers suggested that reclassification was important because if BDSM was understood and recognized as a “legitimate leisure experience with important personal benefits, similar to engaging in skiing, hiking, photography, or painting,” it could remove the stigma associated with so-called sexual deviance.

Source: Applying Leisure 101 to Simplify & Complicate BDSM

Sex History Calculator

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Slate features a sex history calculator. Input your age, gender (male or female) and number of sex partners since 18 and compare results with other participants.

Can you remember everyone?

Do you even WANT to remember everyone? 😉

Here’s the online calculator so that you can try it yourself:
Sex History Calculator

PS: Apparently I’ve done the deed more than 86% of my female peers. However, I should state that I’ve never been one to choose sexual partners lightly, and I don’t regret even a single one. I guess my age group tended to not be too sexually adventurous or something…

Switzerland launches “Sex Drive-Ins”

Sex box drive-ins open in Zurich, but will anyone come?

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In an attempt to reduce open street prostitution and to improve security for sex workers, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, has launched “sex drive-ins”.

Prostitution has escalated in the city,” said Michael Herzig, from the Zurich social services department. “It was done out in the open on the street and men harassed passers-by. It was noisy and dirty because men took the prostitutes to a side street and left used condoms on the streets. The drive-ins are more discreet and safer.

The nine garage-style structures, located in Sihlquai, a former industrial zone in the city, are equipped with alarm buttons and guarded by security personnel to ensure the safety of the prostitutes. Customers are not allowed to leave the area with the sex workers.

There are also showers, toilets, a kitchen and washing machines for the sex workers to use, as well as an advice center where they can seek help from social workers. A gynecologist comes in once a week to offer health checkups for the women.

The city’s social services department is running the whole operation and also offers crash courses in German and self-defense courses for the women on site. “All of this will enhance the sex workers’ living and working conditions,” Herzig said

Read the full article on CNN:
Swiss Sex Drive-Ins

Article: Outdated Sex Education in Canadian Schools

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“Ontario now boasts the most dated sexual education curriculum in Canada, largely untouched since 1998. A coalition called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to shepherd sexual education into the 21st century.”

“But while Ontario is certainly the runt province when it comes to sex education, programs across the country aren’t that much more up to date. British Columbia’s program, for example, lacks any obvious guidelines for discussing oral sex, and only mentions sexual orientation and gender identity in the realms of stereotyping and discrimination. Same goes for Alberta. While Manitoba seems to be the most progressive of the lot, incorporating strategies for discussing oral sex and the so-called morning after pill, it still excludes meaningful policy on the topics of sexual orientation, online relationship, and gay sex. These are weighty omissions. Like it or not, kids are doing these things.”

How is this affecting today’s youth?

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Read the full article:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/06/05/robyn-urback-sex-is-changing-its-the-education-thats-outdated/

How porn affects real life sexuality and libido

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I read an interesting article in New York mag that I thought would be of interest to my readers. It discusses how and why watching too much online pornography can affect the average male’s sex life and libido, and in turn, that of their female partners.

New York Mag: Porn Affecting Libido

Definitely worth a read!