People who engage in kinky sexual practices involving such things as bondage and sadomasochism may actually be more mentally healthy than those who don't, according to a new study. So what are you waiting for? It's time to break out those whips and handcuffs.
BDSM is an umbrella term that mainly bridges bondage and discipline (B&D) with sadism and masochism (S&M). The BDSM culture, however, doesn't limit itself to these things and often includes rubber lovers, fetishists, and other types of people.
Interestingly, BDSM is listed in the latest (5th) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is often called the "psychiatrist's bible." The manual does not list BDSM as a disorder, and instead refers to the practice as a paraphilia, or unusual sexual fixation.