BDSM.

If Film Has the Power to Turn BDSM Mainstream, The Masses Should Be Watching 'The Duke of Burgundy', not 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Natalie de Winter | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

if mass popularism of BDSM is coming, some of our friends and acquaintances are going to get into it, or come out that they're already into it. Then, being supportive friends, it's going to impact our life too. With Fifty Shades of Grey as a point of reference, we'll get theme park BDSM.

Men: Please Don't Be My Christian Grey

Frances Black | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

It's harmful for men to believe that financial success is what defines their masculinity - it implies that their hearts and personalities will never speak louder than their wallets, and will certainly never be enough to interest a woman.

'Fifty Shades': A W**k Fantasy That Got a Bit Out of Hand

Juliet Brando | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Brando

BDSM is not abuse. That's a given, and so a person might expect me to defend Fifty Shades against all allegations, but that isn't quite the case. There is certainly abuse depicted, but not in the way many believe.

Why 'The Breakfast Club' is More Dangerous Than 'Fifty Shades'

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Was The Breakfast Club ever shouted down from every corner of the internet as romanticizing abuse? No, on the contrary it was effusively hailed as a testament to the human condition. How is it different to Fifty Shades?

There Are Shades Of Grey in Consent Too

Lucy Unwin | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Unwin

Perhaps we owe it to these teenagers to talk more openly and honestly about those many shades of grey they're discovering in sex, and how to bridge the difficult and confusing gap between their own desires and the clear-cut, oh-so-simple version of consent they're being presented.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Tells Us Nothing About BDSM

Emma J Brooke | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Emma J Brooke

In spite of Christian's constant efforts to explain his preferences to her, she continually ignores them, putting herself at emotional and physical risk in order to get the fairy-tale romance. No wonder when things reach a head, she breaks down.

Real-Life Christian Grey (Who Lives In Hemel Hempstead) 'Converted' 350 Women To BDSM

Barcroft | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For most women, the deep and mysterious Christian Grey is nothing more than a forbidden fantasy. But real-life dominator, Pedro Rebelo, claims to h...

'I'm So Tired' - Writer Tries All The 'Sex Stuff' From Fifty Shades Of Grey In One Weekend

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As far as writing briefs go, one journalist definitely pulled the short straw in assignments when her editor asked to try all the 'sex stuff' from Fif...

Fifty Shades of Shambles

Laura Lee | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laura Lee

I can see why the BDSM community are up in arms. Here is a man who stalks his victim with a degree of fortitude that it's hard not to feel some begrudging sense of awe. He knows her bank details, in fact he has a built an entire file on her and flies out to interrupt a holiday with her parents, checking in to the same hotel as she's enjoying cocktails with her mother.

'Fifty Shades Of Grey Glamorises Domestic Violence'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Fifty Shades Of Grey "glamorises" domestic violence and dangerously romanticises the idea that women can fix broken men, campaigners have said. Ahe...

The Life Of A Professional Dominatrix

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us are familiar with 50 Shades of Grey, where the powerful billionaire Christian Grey indoctrinates the young, subservient Anastasia Steele. ...

How To Recreate 50 Shades Of Grey With Duct Tape And A Spatula

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Since EL James' 50 Shades of Grey topped the book charts in 2011, open discussion about sex and alternative bedroom pastimes has lost some of the soci...

The Top Five Perils of Working in the Sex Industry

Jacky Donovan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacky Donovan

Contrary to society's beliefs, as a dominatrix I have never been in any physical or mental danger. Only at the mercy of everyday life, people's prejudices and annoying habits...

Fifty Shades of Liberation?

Sonia Hendy-Isaac | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sonia Hendy-Isaac

The eruption of 'mommy porn' typified in E.L James' 50 Shades series has been argued by some as a marker for female sexual empowerment. I will agree that it has enlightened a change in coffee table conversation, in a similar way to the emergence of Ann Summers' parties; but here's the rub - the series isn't actually representative of BDSM or female empowerment - it's simply about male possession.

The Importance of Trust Between Supplier and Client - Whether You're a Dominatrix or a Plumber

Jacky Donovan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacky Donovan

Repeat business is great for me, probably not so much for a plumber; that might just mean they hadn't got it right the first time round. Yet seeing clients more than once ensures I know just where to take them, how far they can go and helps me to push them even further if they wish. I don't get it right every single time though...

Ten Things You Need To Know Before You Blindfold Your Partner

Suzi Godson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

EL James particular brand of BDSM lite succeeded in demystifying and publicising the potential joys of restraint and submission. Beginners bondage is more satin and Swarovski than gimp hoods and chains, but it certainly makes sex more sensual. You don't need fancy props or products. Just a simple blindfold will do the trick...

In Defence of Vanilla Sex

Emily Buchanan | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Buchanan

But I want to reclaim vanilla sex, if I may. To remind and reassure you that it's a lovely way to spend the afternoon and truly nothing to be ashamed of. Enjoying it doesn't make you any less of a woman or indeed, a man, and you don't have to the Kama Sutra to be a memorable lover...

We Need Education on Porn, Not Censorship

Genevieve Shanahan | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Genevieve Shanahan

Motions to "protect" the innocence of children are alway easy vote-winners. It doesn't matter whether it's effective, ethical or logical, as long as it hits the right buzzwords and appears to be tough on the boogie-men in our closets.

Why There’s Nothing Naughty About 50 Shades Of Grey

Nichi Hodgson | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nichi Hodgson

I had always defended the BDSM and kink communities against charges of unsound, destructive desire. Indeed, I'd already worked as a professional dominatrix - and one with stringent ethics.

Six Reasons Fifty Shades of Grey Isn’t True To Life

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 02.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

While the most successful paperback of all time is spanking the competition, with book lovers choosing porn over Potter, not everyone is happy by the ...