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Risk-Aware Consensual Kink

Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK, also Risk-Accepted Consensual Kink) is an acronym used by some of the BDSM community to describe themselves and their philosophies. It specifies that any activity between fully-informed consenting adults is acceptable.


RACK's tenets can be described by listing the component letters of the acronym:

RACK focuses on awareness and informed consent, rather than attempting to divide BDSM into sets of safe and unsafe practices. This is in contrast to the more common Safe, Sane, and Consensual slogan. This change of emphasis is intended to encompass edgeplay and other activities which are not inherently safe, and to encourage BDSM participants to carry out risk assessments about their activities, in the way that is practiced in "dangerous sports" such as rock climbing and scuba diving.


RACK was coined in reaction to dissatisfaction within the BDSM community surrounding the SSC slogan and attempts to use it to exclude "unsafe" activities. Gary Switch first proposed the term on a TES mailing list out of a desire to form a more accurate portrayal of the type of play that many engage in.


From the point of view of ownership relationships, RACK is a considerable improvement on SSC, since it places responsibility with the participants for deciding whether an activity is worth its level of risk. However, the RACK philosophy does not deal with the vital issue of consensual nonconsent; and does not offer an argument against discrimination by governments and other organisations, who can carry out their own risk assessments of BDSM or ownership, and decide to criminalise us.

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(This article incorporates text from the RACK article in Wikipedia.)

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