FIFTY SHADES OF CONSENT: DIFFERNTIATING ABUSE FROM BDSM (SESSION O)

14 Nov 2018
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

FIFTY SHADES OF CONSENT: DIFFERNTIATING ABUSE FROM BDSM (SESSION O)

When working with people who experience a variety of social injustices, it can sometimes be challenging to differentiate between consensual BDSM behaviour and domestic violence. Similarly, when working with people who are kinky it can sometimes be difficult to identity abusive patterns of behaviour or nonconsensual violence. As service providers, allies, and support giving people, what information or tools can we use to differentiate between a consensual exchange of pain and/or power and more problematic exertion of power and control? This session will provide basic information about BDSM, including definitions and a broad overview of the dynamics and functioning present in the community. We will then move into specific discussions surrounding techniques and tools that can be used to assist service providers in differentiating between BDSM and abuse. The trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey will be used as a point of discussion.
Please note: This session will be delivered from a sex positive framework. Information will be presented consistent with the ideas that sex is a positive, healthy behaviour, and activities between consenting adults will be respected.