Shackle your judgment: BDSM deserves respect
Have you read our article on bondage and sexually expressive "play" seen in the new, unrecognized group started by UNH students? If not, click back to the home page and take it all in: the whips, the domination, the diapers. Try to keep your mouth from falling open.
It's not easy, is it? At TNH, we were surprised at the idea when the story was pitched and shocked once the article was finished. How could a club like this, official or unofficial, really exist on a college campus?
While it's certainly not a customary mixture, sex and violence, there are plenty of people out there, even on college campuses, that are curious and turned on by the idea. A quick Google search on "bondage" reveals more than 350 million results: it's clearly more popular than people think, us included.
Some people think it's immoral, gross or just plain wrong; others feel it's simply another lifestyle choice. Either way, it epitomizes what college is all about: finding out what kind of person you are.
If that means hanging from a ceiling in ropes and chains, so be it. It is a little hard to imagine the person sitting next to you in class choosing to wear a diaper and roll around like a baby, but BDSM is just as unique as any other organization on campus.
It provides an environment for the group members to talk about their interests – in this case, fetishes -- and be open about them.
It's definitely different, and some of you might be smothering laughter by now, but is a group like BDSM really wrong? We think it's better than suppressing those feelings to the point where they become twisted and that same violence is released in more dangerous way.
It could have something to do with upbringing or life at home, but like anything else in life, doesn't parental influence or lack thereof also shape all of our relationships and perceptions?
We don't completely defend the ideas of bondage, submissiveness and other "kinky" characteristics of BDSM because many of us feel they can be unsafe, but we also don't think it's any of our business to judge an organization just because their activities are a shock to our system.
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