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Trust a dominating force in BDSM relationships

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Trust is the foundation of any relationship, especially one that involve whips, handcuffs and choking. BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. It is a type of erotic play for two consenting people who enjoy either dominating or being dominated. Maria Duong, a freshman at SF State, was introduced to this kind of kinky sex by the first boyfriend she ever had sex with when he surprised her with a…

"Kink!" workshop demonstrates safety within BDSM community

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…vez Student Center. In a delicate, yet open manner, Jen Day, Pepper Mint and Ari, who declined to give his last name—all whom are in polyamorous relationships with each other—educated a group of students about the practice of BDSM, which stands for bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism. “Often people don’t like any of these things, and that’s OK, that’s great,” Mint said. In a presentation, three “Kink!” partic…

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Folsom Street Fair unleashes San Francisco's wild side

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…for Kink.com. “When I first started I was pretty vanilla, until one day I was an extra at a shoot, then something came over me and I couldn’t resist the bondage,” Moretti said. Vanilla is a term used by the BDSM community, meaning those who are not into BDSM. “Once you find something that sparks your interest, you get really into it. It doesn’t have to be about sex,” Moretti said. Referring to his friend, More…

The Ins And Outs: Losing your sex club virginity

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Since sex in public comes with all kinds of legal strings attached, you might have decided to bring it indoors. But bumping and grinding in your room with the door closed is just plain boring if you’re a bit of an exhibitionist – so head to a sex club. San Francisco has lots of them including Power Exchange, a pansexual venue where anything goes; SF Citadel, a BDSM club currently changing venues; and Mission Control, which features themed…

The Ins & Outs: Virgin's guide to Folsom Street Fair

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The 29th annual Folsom Street Fair will be an exhibition of kinktastic fun, filled with leather daddies, eager submissives and more than 250 vendors and exhibits displaying all that the Bay Area has to offer in BDSM. But don’t strap on your ball gag just yet — there’s much to learn before heading to your first Folsom Street Fair. The fair, which will grace San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood with its presence Sept. 23, spans 13 c…

The Ins and Outs: Risks and rewards of breath control play

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…less, but sometimes can cause you to go into cardiac arrest. This is an inherent risk of breath control, and if you’re doing actual breath control there is no technique that will take this risk away,” she said. Jay Wiseman, a BDSM expert, who has written extensively about the topic, is known in the kink community for being much more cautionary when it comes to breath control play. “I do believe, based on studying these activities extensively, tha…

VIDEO: Madamn Burnz host 'Really Raw as flux', an aerial acrobatic and raw food show

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Flashing lights and psychedelic rock music set the scene at the Jellyfish Gallery Thursday, Feb. 24, for the aerial silk and fire eating performance by Madamn Burnz and her students for Raw as Flux: The Food Chain. A massaged avocado and kale salad was just one of the raw food snacks offered before the show. People and performers mingled for the first hour amongst the BDSM oil paintings that hung in the gallery while drinking kombucha. This is…

Confessions of an online serial dater: It begins again

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…tly as Ginger. I let Ginger pick the place since I still have no idea where anything is even after five years of “living in San Francisco.” When he said “Let’s go to The Armory,” the first things that popped into my mind were BDSM tours, porn filming and possibly rape. Apparently across the street from the porn castle on 14th and Mission is a related bar, so I was a bit relieved. I obviously still tucked my pink taser and brass knuckle keychain i…

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