What Level of Kinky Are You?

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What do you think of when someone mentions the word kinky? Do you imagine movies like "Eyes Wide Shut," black leather bodysuits, racy German clubs, and naughty contraptions you still have question marks about? Like a hair that curls, kinks refer to sexual practices that diverge from the "norm." These days, unconventional sexual preferences that are legal (because they occur between two consenting adults) tend to fall under the BDSM banner, but acceptable kinks aren't restricted to this subculture. There is also overlap because people can have more than one kink. It's interesting to note the difference between a kink and a fetish, too. The former refers to the enjoyment of erotic activity that falls outside "traditional" sex. The latter refers to a scenario where arousal isn't possible without the presence of the fetishized activity or object. You might be wondering how kinky you are. In this quiz, we parse the folks whose kinkiness doesn't go beyond peach and eggplant emojis from those fantasizing about a master-slave dynamic and other unusual antics inside or outside the bedroom. From this point, we use innocuous questions that are mostly safe for work (SFW) to get to the, eh, bottom of the matter.

History Lesson

The Kinky Journey of a Word

The word "kinky" has a history as twisted as its literal meaning. Originating from the Old Icelandic word "kikna," which meant to bend at the knees, it's a term that's been bending and twisting through languages and meanings for nearly a thousand years. Initially, it made its way from Middle Low German into Dutch as "kink," referring to a twist in a rope, before English speakers borrowed it in the 1600s. Back then, "kinky" described something full of kinks, like a curl or twist in thread, rope, or hair. It's fascinating how a word associated with the mundane act of bending or twisting could evolve to encompass so much more.

By the 1800s, "kinky" began to take on a broader, more figurative sense, including odd or eccentric notions and methods. Thomas Jefferson, in an 1803 letter, used it to describe a peculiar mindset, illustrating how the term had started to wiggle its way into describing mental twists. However, it wasn't until the mid-20th century that "kinky" took a significant turn, diving into the realm of the unconventional, particularly in the context of sexual behavior. This era marked the word's shift from describing physical twists to embodying the more abstract, societal twists and turns in what was considered normal or acceptable.

The evolution of "kinky" didn't stop with the sexual revolution of the 20th century. It continued to morph, capturing the essence of anything that deviated from the conventional, especially in fashion and personal expression. The 1960s saw "kinky" describing sexually provocative clothing, like the long boots that became a fashion statement. Today, "kinky" encompasses a wide range of meanings, from the playful and eccentric to the more private aspects of personal identity and preference. Its journey from a simple physical action to a complex descriptor of human behavior and fashion underscores the dynamic nature of language and how societal changes can twist the meaning of a word over centuries.

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What are some examples of BDSM in pop culture?

Alfred Kinsey's work in the field of human sexuality is well-documented. In his 1953 book, "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female," the sexologist writes that 12% of females and 22% of males reported arousal to a sadomasochistic story. If we turn from academia to marketing, BDSM imagery is prevalent since the 1990s, at least in European campaigns. Pop music icon and sex symbol Madonna has also been associated with BDSM motifs. In a 2007 collab with H&M, she's seen wielding a crop on a pupil whose outfit doesn't cut the mustard. Brewing company Anheuser Busch has sponsored the Folsom Street Fair, an annual BDSM gathering in San Francisco. And music is littered with titillating lyrics and stage sets. From Lady Gaga's "Teeth" and Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight" to Thirty Seconds to Mars's banned music video for "Hurricane," examples abound. In fashion, Vivienne Westwood has created restrictive clothing inspired by the subculture, and different colored handkerchiefs have come to represent a kinky code for those in the know. Finally, mainstream films like "The Piano Teacher," "Mr and Mrs Smith," and of course "50 Shades of Grey" turned aspects of BDSM culture into water cooler fare.

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