You’re probably here because you’ve come across the term S&M and it freaks you out … but not enough to run away. There might even be a little curiosity budding under that sweet, vanilla exterior.
The good news …
This world isn’t as terrifying as some media has painted it (or as ridiculously unhealthy as 50 Shades has portrayed). In fact, the world is SO LARGE, there’s something in there for everyone.
KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS
In short, S&M stands for sadomasochism. But an answer like that is about as accurate as my grade ten math exam and as satisfying as the series finale of Sopranos.
The better and more inclusive term?
BDSM = Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism.
Heavy sounding words with an entire universe of confusion and judgment surrounding it. And it does sound very dark.
You probably think of something like …