Category: Opinion

Opinion pieces by our columnists, writers and readers.

Editorial: The Chicago Den Endorses Obama for President

If you hadn’t already guessed, this year’s election is an important one. I usually don’t bring politics onto the Den, but for this election I’m making an exception. President Barrack Obama is the best choice in this election. Much of this, admittedly, is for his support of gay rights. Even though a good portion of…

Kinky Sex Ed – A New Pill to Prevent HIV, or Does it?

Recently you may have heard or read the news that the FDA just approved Truvada for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). What you might not understand is the details of how it works. An HIV negative person can take Truvada to reduce their chance of HIV infection. That being said, with Truvada you cannot miss any doses…

Playtime Explored – Knifeplay

I define “knifeplay” as any kind of S/M play in which there is a knife present in the scene. This could as simple as carrying a knife on your belt and never using it, or as intense as scratching your partners skin with the tip of the blade. It can involve delicious threats, shredded clothing,…

Playtime Explored – Role/Play

Role-playing fantasies is a great tool; they assist in awakening creativity and imagination in the couple, Role-playing can also help divert from routine sex, and may heighten and enrich sexual relations. The beauty of role-playing is that you can be anyone you want: anyone you have ever wanted to be or anyone your partner has…

Race Bannon: Are Our Educational Efforts Backfiring?

Race Bannonbannon.comReprinted with permission (Editor’s note: Longtime writer and leather community member Race Bannon recently wrote this column on his own site. With the intense interest in the subject, he’s allowed us to reprint it. Participate in the conversation at his original post. A special thanks to Race for allowing us to run it on…

Playtime Explored: What and Why BDSM

“BDSM” is an acronym of “B&D” (Bondage & Discipline), “D&S” (Dominance & Submission), and “S&M” (sadomasochism). “BDSM” refers to any or all of these things, and a lot of stuff besides. Tying up your lover is BDSM; so is flogging that person, or bossing that person around, or any of a thousand other things. BDSM…