Rack and SSC, what are they?

BDSM / Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Talking about BDSM I said that the fundamental rule is to play a Safe, Sane and Consensual game. It is the best-known definition of BDSM but it’s not the only one. An alternative definition used for kink play is Rack, an acronym for Risk-Aware Consensual Kink. What do these definitions mean exactly? Let’s see it together.

SSC, Safe, Sane and Consensual

Safe, Sane and Consensual is the most known concept about BDSM outside the community. Safe means engaging in activities that don’t endanger participants. Sane means that activities are approached in a realistic way. And finally, consensual means that all participants have given their consent freely.

Some people weren’t satisfied with this definition. SSC implies only the practice of risk-free activities. But for some people, BDSM can include risky activities. Our job is to know and understand these risks so that we are able to choose consciously the activities we engage in.

Rack, Risk-Aware Consensual Kink

Rack is a way of thinking in which all participants are aware of the risks of a BDSM activity. It is similar to SSC but differs from it because it says that there are activities that are not risk-free. It stresses the personal responsibility of the participants. Every person has to be informed and aware of the risks and has to accept them to participate in that game.

Furthermore, Rack includes some activities that can’t be included in SSC. For example, blood play is not allowed in an SSC play, but it can be practiced if we follow Rack definition.

I noticed that Safe, Sane and Consensual is very often used to explain BDSM to people that don’t practice it. While Rack is more used inside the community. Whatever definition you choose to define your games, the most important thing is to play in the safest way possible. Happy BDSM to all!

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