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Difference between Kink, Fetish & BDSM

Did you know that kink, BDSM, and fetishes are not interchangeable terms? They all prioritize and require open communication and consent.


Kink refers to any non-traditional sex; traditional in this context means heterosexual, monogamous intercourse without a non-normative fantasy or desire involved.


BDSM stands for bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism. BDSM is often incorrectly used interchangeably with kink, the difference being that kink is a broader term and BDSM is a type of kink that involves power dynamics.


A fetish is a sexual fixation on a certain object or act that is necessary for a person to achieve sexual gratification – if you enjoy x, y, or z, that might be a kink, but if you can’t get off without your y being x-ed by a z, that’s a fetish. A fun thing you try on special occasions? A kink. Can’t get in the mood without being humiliated? A fetish.


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