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Why vegan BDSM? – veganism, feminism and kink part 1

Miss Pixie talks about the intersection of veganism, feminism and BDSM- and the common values which are shared by members of those communities.

Trigger warning – discusses termination of pregnancy

Body autonomy

One of the beautiful things about BDSM is that it gives people the chance to explore their sexuality in whatever way feels right for them. People get to be as clothed or as naked as they want. They might choose to be pierced or cut for fun. They might enjoy exploring pain play, sensation play or animal play – the list is endless. All of this wonderful play is possible because the kink community at large acknowledges each person’s fundamental human right to body autonomy.

What does body autonomy mean? In brief, it means that each person has the right to determine what they do or don’t do with their own body. It’s what makes it ok for you to pierce your nose or dye your hair if that’s your thing. It’s why a doctor needs to ask your permission before they jab you with a needle. It’s why it is not ok to hit or restrain a person without their permission. You can find more here.

Both feminism and veganism share this value. In feminism, it is most visible in a woman’s struggle to maintain the right to keep or to terminate a pregnancy. Because a foetus is reliant on the use of the woman’s body and organs, a woman needs to give permission before a foetus can use her body to gestate. It is also at play when we talk about a woman’s right to say no to her partner/s. Because a woman’s body belongs to her and her alone, she needs to give permission to anyone who wants to access it for sexual pleasure.

Vegan ethics assert that the right of body autonomy applies to animals as well as people. Veganism maintains that animals are the owners of their bodies, and that have the right to decide what happens to them. They should have say in whether a person uses or consumes any part of their body, including their flesh, skin, eggs or milk.

If we maintain our own right to use our bodies in any way we choose, be it for pleasure or for pain, it seems only fair that we extend this right to others; regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or species. And that’s why vegan BDSM.

In part 2 of ‘Why vegan BDSM?’, we will talk about consent culture.

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Miss Pixie and Stuniverse

About Stuniverse

Stuniverse is a very lucky person. He has been exploring kink and polyamoury for about 8 years, and both have dramatically changed his life for the better. A long time vegetarian, he made the happy leap to veganism at the beginning of 2014 and won't look back. Stuniverse is currently the driving force behind Ethical Kink, and brings a bunch of technical and business skills to the team. His interests and values include: feminism, ethics, personal development, meditation, veganism, activism, games, being a massive geek and writing about himself in the third person.
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