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How to explain BDSM to your family without getting embarrassed

I've been writing about kink online for over a decade. I used to sometimes write under a pseudonym to protect my identity. Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve realized that there’s nothing to be ashamed of as long as I keep it appropriate for the audience and circumstance. Do I talk about kink out of nowhere, with strangers or acquaintances, using “I” statements and sharing anecdotes? No. Never. Would I talk to my family about it? Would I be embarrassed? Would you? Here's how to explain BDSM to your family without getting embarrassed…

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How The Addams Family does BDSM right

While it was unfortunately many people’s introduction to the topic, bloggers from all corners of the internet have derided the relationship pictured in Fifty Shades for what it really is: abuse masquerading as kink. But twenty-four years ago, a family comedy centered on a couple who liked to torture each other for pleasure gave audiences a much healthier glimpse at BDSM.

Impress your friends with easy, gorgeous bruschetta

This is my roommate Joel's easy brrrrruuuuskyettta (you have to over-pronounce it like Giada De Laurentiis) recipe. It's impressive as hell — the colours are eye-popping! And the taste? Get outta here. It makes a fantastic appetizer or potluck contribution, but fair warning: this is morish, and could be all you need for a full meal.