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What a kink dungeon taught me about real BDSM

The Daily Dot, 2/25/2015

Attending a BDSM-play party in the dungeons of a porn studio is a lot like going to a rock-climbing gym. The guests spend most of their time standing around, fiddling with their gear.

The party I attended on Saturday night came on the third evening of a four-day symposium hosted by Kink.com, a San Francisco–based Internet-pornography studio that specializes in BDSM. Capitalizing on the wild popularity of the BDSM-themed Fifty Shades of Grey, Kink was hosting “Fifty Skills of Grey,” a series of seminars intended to teach devotees of Christian and Ana what BDSM is all about.