Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vegans, bondage, discipline and sadomasochism




For centuries, people have sought sexual expression through bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism (BDSM). In every corner of the kingdom people turn pain into pleasure by inflicting corporal punishment on a willing victim. Straights may regard the behaviour as odd, weird or even deviant but Masters and Mistresses, Submissives and Slaves find it recreational. BDSM describes a range of fetishistic behaviours similar and including partiality to breasts or feet. The idea animal-rights activists engage wilfully in BDSM such as bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadomasochism is not without its irony, particularly when they use leather products.



BDSM is not, I am reliably informed by experts, cruel but instead a physical means to illicit the natural pain cycle which triggers adrenaline and arousal. Although discomfort and anxiety may be temporarily experienced this is done consensually and not as an act of cruelty. People do run the risk of infections when engaged in dominant/submissive relationships and foot/shoe fetishists due to the intimate nature between the inanimate and the animate so safe sex does involve antiseptic precautions.



For the discerning vegan there are many products alternative to leather . These artificial leathers . Pleather have surfaces which are easier to clean. This offers potentially a reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases with only the minimum hygiene maintenance required. The majority of the BDSM community are non vegans and might be appalled at the thought of fetishistic gear made from pleather. There are many online retailers now catering in bondage gear for vegans eager to avoid meat, dairy and animal-tested products. Most commercially available condoms contain casein, a milk protein, and many are manufactured by companies that test their products on animals. That means vegans have the choice of using cruelty-free condoms, or abstaining from sex altogether. Glyde is an Australian-based company that guarantees its rubbers are cruelty-free.



More conventional BDSM suppliers cater and provide a vast array of bondage gear in a range of leathers including: deer, goat, bison and kangaroo skins. The true number of parasexuals will never be known. After all, who goes to the doctor complaining of a wonderfully satisfying sexlife but guesstimates would suggest a significant number of the population, practice. Festivals celebrating bondage, discipline and sadomasochism are more common now but the “high holy day of leather and fetish,” is the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair. Organisers claim San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish fair in the world. During the fare the Folsom Street is blocked off to anyone younger than 18 so the naked dressed in dog colours can walk around without damaging fragile psyches.

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