Up in Smoke: BDSM Goes Mainstream

By Playboy.com Staff

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Kinky sex used to be restricted to the bedroom (and to the S&M dungeon), but now the topic is everywhere. From daytime talk shows to checkout magazine covers to music videos, BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) has gone mainstream. Best of all, women are taking an active role and interest in this pop culture flowering of very dirty sex. Many media commentators have traced the current craze to the success of the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but perhaps Fifty Shades is a symptom and not the cause? It could be we’re all just getting more comfortable with sex in all of its forms, more open about talking about it and more willing to experiment in the sack. In this Up in Smoke, with the assistance of some of our very fine Cybergirls, Playmates, Amateurs and Coeds, we’re taking a look at the facts and figures related to the rise of kink.

Models: Megan Medellin and Ariana Loken - Handcuffs, riding crops and other kinky sex toys have increased in popularity and are now best sellers at sex toy shops.

Model: Elani Giani - Soft cotton rope (the type featured in Fifty Shades of Grey) has seen a tenfold increase in sales at some hardware stores. Many of the purchasers are women…

Model: Candle Royall - A new study has shown those into BDSM are happier and psychologically healthier than those only into vanilla sex.

Models: Leanna Decker and Jennifer Vaughn - Spanking brings couples closer together, according to two new studies. It builds trust and causes the body to release bonding sex hormones.

Model: Nicolette Novak - A survey of 10,000 women between the ages of 25 and 50 from countries around the world reports that 46 percent have tried bondage, 43 percent have used whips in the sack and 76 percent have told their partners what they want and exactly how they like it.

Model: Kimberly Williams - More people are watching kinky porn online, with New York leading the charge in seeking out BDSM porno on the net.

Model: Roos Van Montfort - New York might be into watching kink, but it’s the city of Phoenix that’s into making it happen. According to data from online dating websites, Phoenix, Arizona has the largest increase in people wanting a BDSM arrangement in real life.


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