Not Phased by BDSM

Let’s talk BDSM! Kinks and fetishes are often thought of as “taboo” or “strange.” The thing is, they are way more “normal” than you’d think. Most of the population has an interest in BDSM.

  • 46.8% have performed at least one BDSM-related activity
  • an additional 22% indicated having (had) fantasies about it
  • 2.5% of the total population indicated performing at least one BDSM-related activity on a regular basis
  • 26% see themselves as being interested in BDSM
  • 7.6% self-identified as BDSM practitioners

 

Dominant and submissive acts are comparable and highly correlated. We see a significantly higher interest in BDSM and fetishes in men than women and older people (48-65) had significantly lower BDSM interest compared to younger people. But it’s not a decline with age, rather of those with a BDSM interest, 61.4% became aware of it before age 25.

Further research is needed to destigmatize it by confirming BDSM as a leisurely preference rather than a psychiatric affliction.

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Sasha

Co- Founder of Psych n Sex, previous writer and campus educator for the Kinsey Institute & published psychology researcher. Manhattan girl obsessed with post ww2 abstract expressionism, beet juice, vintage clothing & Scandinavia.

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