Kink in an English Field: The Drinking, Drug use and Sexual Practices of English Festival-Goers Who Engage in Kink



McCormack, Mark, Measham, Fiona ORCID: 0000-0002-9322-1931, Measham, Maria and Wignall, Liam
(2022) Kink in an English Field: The Drinking, Drug use and Sexual Practices of English Festival-Goers Who Engage in Kink. SEXUALITY & CULTURE-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL, 26 (5). pp. 1750-1765.

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Abstract

Little is known about the other leisure activities of people who engage in kink, including sexual practices and the use of alcohol and other drugs. This article examines the drinking, illicit drug use and sexual practices of people who engage in kink from a novel sample of attendees at an English festival. Of 966 respondents, 64 reported having engaged in kink within the past 12 months. We provide evidence of these respondents' self-reported demographic characteristics, alcohol and other drug use in their lifetime and within the past 12 months, as well as other sexual practices they engaged in. This study illustrates the value of accessing participants through in situ festival fieldwork to understand kink practices, and helps us move beyond notions of clustered risky activities toward a leisure studies approach to understanding the practices of people who engage in kink.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol, BDSM, Drugs, Kink, Leisure, Festivals, Sexual behaviors
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law and Social Justice
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2022 15:27
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 20:55
DOI: 10.1007/s12119-022-09968-4
Open Access URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-0...
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3159203