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R.A.C.K. vs. S.S.C. Philosophies in BDSM

Do you choose a side or prefer to straddle the fence?

Are you a R.A.C.K. player or are you an S.S.C player? These two ways of life in the kink filled world have caused battle upon battle not unlike the great ‘which side should the loo roll hang in the holder’ war. These two terms have divided the experts but have always seemed nearly have the same idea as far as safety is concerned in play time.

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Not all members of the BDSM community adhere to one principle to the exclusion of the other. While some players chose one ethos or the other, some subscribe to both mottos. For instance, one might employ S.S.C. ideas as a description of the activities to the vanilla minded and using the R.A.C.K frame of mind as a description of the activities to other members of the fetish scene.

It should first be said that not all members of the BDSM crowd will strictly adhere to one principle or the other. The fact that a lot of roles in BDSM are slightly fluid around the edges shows that many players can see the point to both ways of life. Even the hardened professional who has been at it for decades will tell you that as long as you’re safe, you’re aware of the risks and you have your play partner’s consent, then nothing else should matter.
So what’s the difference?

R.A.C.K. stands for Risk-Aware Consensual Kink

  • Risk-aware: Players participating in the planned scene are well-informed of the risks involved in the proposed activity.
  • Consensual: After considering those risks, both/all have have given their consent to go ahead with the activity.
  • Kink: unconventional sexual preference or behaviour.

S.S.C. stands for Safe, Sane and Consensual

  • Safe: Players can identify and prevent risks to health in the proposed activity.
  • Sane: The proposed activity should be undertaken in a sane, sober and sensible frame of mind.
  • Consensual: The full consent of all parties involved has been given.

Those who are full-fledged members of either team will from time to time find flaws on the other side of the fence for whatever reason. An S.S.C player may wonder if an R.A.C.K player has taken into consideration whether their play partner is sober or emotionally sound enough to really give their full consent. An R.A.C.K. player may wonder if S.S.C. players have taken all the necessary safety precautions and included fail-safes before beginning their scene.

Because both R.A.C.K. and S.S.C have generally the same idea, it’s safe to say that no matter which side you fall on, you will be able to safely enjoy a fulfilling bondage session worry free. It’s perfectly natural to borrow from both sides seeing as how the scene is always evolving and everyone is after the same goal: A fully consensual scene which has been completely thought out to take place in a safe environment.

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