Consent is arguably the most important word in any kind of BDSM activity. It is when a participant gives their permission for certain acts to take place.

Although the entire basis of a large number of These activities is around the control of the dominant over the submissive, and the concept of them being forced into actions against their will, it is important to remember that BDSM activities must always be consensual acts between adults.

There have been a number of legal cases which have hinged on this fact, as without consent many practices would be considered illegal in most places.

One problem with consent is that, while it is widely known amongst seasoned BDSM players, there is rarely anything in writing.

There are a few models of consent and terms that are used by BDSM players, which include the following:


SSC stands for Safe, Sane, Consensual. It is far and away the most recognizable and popular model of consent in BDSM circles, though not without criticism.


RACK stands for Risk-Aware Consensual Kink. It is the second most popular consent model. It was created to overcome perceived shortcomings of SSC.


PRICK stands for Personal Responsibility Informed Consensual Kink. It is an alternative to RACK that emphasizes personal responsibility for choices and consequences.

It should be noted that virtually all BDSM players still very stringently to the concept of consent, and that any who do not practice this are generally disowned and shunned within the community

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