I’ve had my own interest in BDSM attacked by people for reasons that always seem to boil down to fear and ignorance… but this sort of thing especially disturbs me.
Salvation Army attacks sex-positive activist through its human trafficking email list – Post by the awesome feminist, pro-BDSM, sex-positive blogger, Clarisse Thorn.
We live in a world full of people who are scared of sex. Personally, I believe that these people must have messy, difficult relationships with their own sexuality and so what do they do? They project their fears and insecurities onto the rest of the world and become the moral police.
The moral police will look at someone who is deviant in their sexual practices and behaviours – be they gay, masochistic, foot fetishists, whatever – and they will see these people as without boundaries or personal ethics. They will lump these people together with paedophiles and rapist. They will slap a big fat label “WRONG” on anything that scares them and justify their fears with ignorant, half-baked theories.
Why do they do this? Perhaps so they can feel like good people by attacking external sources instead of the much more difficult task of facing their own inner demons. Like vicous anti-gay politicians who turn out to be gay, I can’t help but wonder if people who attack BDSM are afraid of their own inner kinksters. I don’t know. I find it very hard to comprehend the motivation behind these people.
All I know is that they disturb me. I believe that fear is one of the major driving forces behind the atrocities people commit against each other and when fearful people have a sense of moral righteousness they use to justify their fear (Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children!), that can be a potent and terrible force indeed.
Anyway, I apologise for this post. I think it’s pretty ranty and not nearly as clever or calm as Maymay is being. I just felt I had to get these thoughts out. Opinions always very welcome.
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