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Safe, sane and consensual

Safe, sane and consensual (SSC) is one of several phrases used by a large section of the BDSM and sexual bondage communities to describe themselves and their philosophies who regard SSC to be a watchword for safety.

The principles are that BDSM activities should be:

  • safe: attempts should be made to identify and prevent risks to health
  • sane: activities should be undertaken in a sane and sensible cast of mind
  • consensual: all activities should involve the full informed consent of all parties involved

It is important to note that a significant portion of the BDSM community does not consider SSC to be an accurate term for these relationships/activities. The term Risk Aware Consensual Kink has been gaining popularity as a substitute description.

For those who dissent, issues generally arise from the subjective nature of each term in SSC and the problems this creates both within and outside the community when using the term as a yardstick to evaluate activities.

Most attribute the terms coining to slave david stein who coined it in 1984 for GMSMA. Recently it seems that he has come to regret this fact somewhat.

More information can be found in the essay titled Safe Sane Consensual: The Evolution of a Shibboleth that is linked from the history page (see below).

External links

  • [1] (http://www.lthredge.com) david stein
  • [2] (http://www.lthredge.com/ds/history.htm) link to SSC essay

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