In front me, a naked woman is chained between two men and is getting slapped with a dead squid while an audience of about a dozen watches. This isn’t performance art, although this is technically an “arts space” and I did pay $10 to be here. This is an edgeplay seminar.
Edgeplay is a sex thing. It is a BDSM thing. And while BDSM among consenting adults is considered cool and OK by most reasonable people, edgeplay is sort of not OK. Edgeplay refers to acts are those deemed not safe, sane, or consensual, which are the watchwords for “normal” kinky sex. This is the BDSM that is never going to end up in a bestselling erotica novel for moms.
Here’s how Madeline and Z—the couple conducting the seminar—explain it before going into the squid slapping:
“Edgeplay is so many things and often it just ends up being whatever your circle deems ‘edgy,’” says Madeline, who is nude. As she talks, a fully clothed Z jabs a needle in her back and a little cup at the end is filling up with her blood. He twists off the cup and takes a tiny sip before throwing it back like a shot.
“We’ve been kicked out of clubs for this,” Z says. His teeth are covered in blood. “I really love it.” He licks the stained rim of the glass like it’s tequila salt.
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