"Kink" Puts Your Inhibitions Under The Whip Review

Kink is a documentary about daily life and work at Kink.com, a BDSM erotica site, from the perspective of performers, directors, casting directors, and crew members. Director Christina Voros follows a wide variety of porn film shoots and allow these performers and directors explains the different aspects of BDSM in their own words. They also get into the trickier aspects of consent when money is involved and why feminists are so divided when it comes to pornography in general.

There are a lot of misconceptions about BDSM, and the massive popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t exactly helped in that regard. If anything, the books play up that Christian Grey is perverse and the result of abuse. His desires are something to be hidden or ashamed of. Unfortunately, Kink’s packaging plays up that angle with the ridiculous tagline “The 51st Shade of Grey.” Also, the first third of the film focuses so much on the kinks themselves instead of the people behind them that viewers who aren’t already open-minded about BDSM might just tune out. It is a lot to take in, seeing men and women bound up or having their wrists in clamps or belts around their necks.

The best parts of Kink are the interviews. Tomcat, one of the profiled directors, probably gives the clearest and most articulate response about what people can get out of the experience, whether it be as a performer, a viewer, or a director. His explanation that this type of porn might not be for everyone but could be good for someone is really hard to argue. The only problem is that the people who need to hear what he has to say, or really what any of the folks at Kink.com have to say about BDSM, are unlikely to seek out Kink. If they do give it a chance, they might find a gang-bang rape fantasy too much to handle, and this makes Kink much tougher to recommend.

For viewers who are open-minded sexually and want to learn more about BDSM, Kink could give some insight from people who have chosen this as a career, but like BDSM itself, Kink isn’t for everybody.


The DVD release includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

"Kink" is on sale February 10, 2015 and is not rated. Documentary. Directed by Christina Voros . Starring Chris Norris, Maitresse Madeline, Peter Acworth, Tomcat.

Rachel Kolb • Staff Writer

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