Thursday, January 10, 2013

Badly Written, Vaguely Alarming Report About Kink Regulations In England!

"Call me crazy, but I LUUUUURVE being fucked while wearing an asshook and a head harness!" Image source: Sex and

An extremely poorly written report by Jeremy Culley in Mancunian, a website for people living in Manchester, England, states that a local group of kinksters, who are not really identified in the article, have filed an e-petition against the Department of Health (not identified whether it is a city, county or national Department of Health) because the International Classification of Diseases lists fetishism and sadomasochism as psychiatric illnesses. (No information is provided about who is responsible for publishing the International Classification of Diseases, or what authority it has in Machester, England, or, well, anywhere.)

The article moves on to cover the kink scene in Manchester, very thoroughly, and to mention in alarming tones that the Manchesterian kinksters have just 24 hours to file the petition. The article was posted yesterday, so if you live in Manchester, England, or whatever jurisdiction is covered by the International Classification of Diseases (say, you live in some nation or other) it's already too late.

I kind of have a clue what the article may be about: here in the U.S. they have a thing called the "DSM" (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). A lot of psychologists will snort to hear it put this bluntly, but as a practical matter the DSM determines what's crazy and what isn't, and most of all to the point, what disorders can get you locked up against your will.

It was used politically to attack unpopular sexual behaviors, of course. Homosexuality was removed from the DSM as a disorder in the 1970s, consensual BDSM was removed in the late 1980s. I wrote an article about some of the legal absurdities created by this along with the long delay in making marital rape illegal.

So if it's like the DSM thing, the issue here might be fear of further use of psychological diagnoses to repress kink in Manchester, or England, or everywhere, depending. But based on the text of the Mancunian, I have no idea. So I think a vague feeling of uneasiness is all that's warranted here.

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