Love (and Leather) Wins: A Kink at Pride Roundtable

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In some ways it feels like we have a 'does kink belong at pride' debate every year - in other ways, though, it feels like this year was something unique. Was it the tension of quarantine making people feel like the stakes were higher than usual? Was it the wave of moral panic sweeping through both our communities and Congress? Vox thinks it's an inevitable battleground of our community's concern over respectability politics; it's also become interwoven with more topical community conversations around consent and interpersonal harm and what constitutes a "safe space," if one even exists.

Our stance on this at Autostraddle is (hopefully) not hard to parse - KaeLyn has already written beautifully about why she feels kink- and body-positive Pride spaces are safer for her kids than ones that depict bodies and adult sexuality as shameful; the series we're beginning today explores everything that kink has to offer peopl...

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