So many women are slut-shamed. Even women who aren’t sexually active or sexually promiscuous in any way experience slut-shaming. “Slut shaming is so prevalent because it always has been,” sexologist and author of Single But Dating, Dr. Nikki Goldstein, tells Bustle. “For generation we have been shaming women for their sexuality and now with the media world…

At first glance, BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism) may seem like an abusive practice carried out only between heartless, psychologically disturbed sadists and victims with low self-worth. Appearances, however, are often misleading, and with BDSM, this misunderstanding is especially profound, as is obvious in the new movie release, “Fifty Shades Darker,” an erotic romance film.…

To practice bondage, you need some kind of physical restraint so that you can dominate or be dominated by your partner. Of course, there are many different types of restraints to choose from—you’re really limited only by your own imagination—but perhaps the most classic bondage fetish of all is rope bondage. Rope play is one…

We can say “Consent is sexy” all we want and wear it on every crop top we own, but with a rising interest in kink and BDSM, and the ever-prevalent rape culture, understanding the intricacies of consent can become more complicated — and are more important than ever. You know basically the entire plot of Fifty Shades? Like how Ana…