Event Title

Safety and Consent in BDSM Practices

Presenter Information

Anna Rabasco, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 123

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The topic of BDSM has been brought into the public discourse with the book and film 50 Shades of Grey; however, whether young people obtain BDSM safety and consent information and whether they implement that information has yet to be quantitatively explored (based on an extensive literature search). Because BDSM contains some possibly dangerous and violent elements, which must exist within a structure of consent negotiation and safety rules, it is especially important to understand BDSM safety and consent knowledge acquisition and implementation (Jozifkova, 2013). This research hopes to provide a comprehensive picture of safety and consent within the relatively unexplored context of BDSM. There are three main research questions within this research project: Is there a lack of information available to young adults, regarding safety and consent in a BDSM context? If students are receiving any information about safety and consent in BDSM, where does it come from? And finally, if students do receive safety and consent information on BDSM, are they actually using it in their own lives? By asking these questions, I would like to understand my young adults acquisitions of BDSM safety and consent information.

Faculty Sponsor

Sonja Thomas

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1021

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 11:55 AM

Safety and Consent in BDSM Practices

Diamond 123

The topic of BDSM has been brought into the public discourse with the book and film 50 Shades of Grey; however, whether young people obtain BDSM safety and consent information and whether they implement that information has yet to be quantitatively explored (based on an extensive literature search). Because BDSM contains some possibly dangerous and violent elements, which must exist within a structure of consent negotiation and safety rules, it is especially important to understand BDSM safety and consent knowledge acquisition and implementation (Jozifkova, 2013). This research hopes to provide a comprehensive picture of safety and consent within the relatively unexplored context of BDSM. There are three main research questions within this research project: Is there a lack of information available to young adults, regarding safety and consent in a BDSM context? If students are receiving any information about safety and consent in BDSM, where does it come from? And finally, if students do receive safety and consent information on BDSM, are they actually using it in their own lives? By asking these questions, I would like to understand my young adults acquisitions of BDSM safety and consent information.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/395