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  1. de Sade
  2. Safe, Sane, and Consensual (SSC)
  3. Informed Consent
  4. Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK)
  5. Consensual nonconsent (CNC)
  6. Hurt vs harm
  7. BDSM Rights
  8. Respect for Property Rights
  9. External links

Ethical systems

Several ethical systems for ownership or the other aspects of BDSM have been put forward.

de Sade

Probably the first ethical structure put forward in a BDSM context is contained in de Sade's "Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man" (1782):

Marquis de Sade wrote:
the entirety of human morals is contained in this one phrase: render others as happy as one desires oneself to be, and never inflict more pain upon them than one would like to receive at their hands.

This is a Sadean variation of an ancient principle, the Golden Rule, "do as you would be done by", but with a subtle twist about receiving and inflicting pain appropriate for someone like de Sade who was both a sadist and a masochist himself.

Safe, Sane, and Consensual (SSC)

See Safe, Sane, and Consensual

Informed Consent

Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK)

See Risk-Aware Consensual Kink

Consensual nonconsent (CNC)

See Consensual nonconsent

Hurt vs harm

Slakker`s ABC of BDSM wrote:
For lots of leatherfolk, pain is a goal of their play. We claim the right to decide for ourselves what sexual activities we will partake in, including pain play. As long as no one is harmed, and by that we mean that no damage is done which does not readily and quickly heal, we believe that the government (and everyone else) has no right to proscribe our actions. However, as with most other democratic freedoms, the rights which we claim come with a heavy load of responsibility. One who is not prepared to accept that responsibility should never pick up a flogger. We are responsible for the health and safety of our partners and ourselves. Remember, it is okay to hurt your partner (i.e., cause pain), but you must never harm them.

BDSM Rights

See BDSM Rights article

Respect for Property Rights

See Respect for Property article.

External links

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