Listed here are some terms and phrases we use in this issue that might need some extra context.
BDSM (each word within it): letters within BDSM are disputed, but can include “Bondage and Discipline,” “Dominance and Submission,” “Sadomasochism,” “Sadism and Masochism,” and “Slave/Master.”
Bottom: a role where a partner receives action or sensation. Top: a role where a partner gives action or sensation. Switch: someone who switches between and enjoys both sub and dom(me) roles.
Sub: the submissive partner, one who surrenders power or control during sex. Other views of sub include one who makes the demands which are fulfilled by the dom(me). Dom/domme: the dominant partner, one who exerts control. Other views of dom(me) include the dominant partner who fulfills the desires of the sub.
Femme: gender identity or presentation that leans towards what is societally associated with femininity but can be used by those of all or no gender identities and expressions.
Femme passing: one who is perceived as having a feminine identity/gender regardless of how the individual in question identifies.
Fetish: sexual arousal from objects, practices or situations not typically affiliated with sexual arousal.
Flesh hook suspension: involves suspending the body in the air through hooks in freshly pierced body piercings. May or may not be sexual.
Futomomo: part of Japanese rope bondage, a leg tie used for sex play.
Gender expression: the way in which one expresses their chosen gender identity (or lack thereof).
Gender identity: usually affiliated with one’s internal gender identity (or lack thereof).
Hentai: a Japanese subgenre of manga and anime, usually featuring overly sexualized characters and plots.
Heteronormative: the assumption that heterosexuality is the societal or cultural norm.
Intersectionality: the interconnectedness of an individual or group’s race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and how they relate to disadvantage/discrimination or oppression.
Non-monogamy: having multiple romantic or sexual partners, or those that do not identify or adhere to monogamy (having one sexual and romantic partner).
Paraphilia: recurring abnormal sexual desires, expressed either in mental images or behaviours. Some affiliate paraphilia with extreme, dangerous or deviant activities, but not exclusively.
Vanilla: conventional sex that conforms to basic cultural/societal expectations of sex.
LGBTQ+: an umbrella term that is includes but is not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, the plus representing sexualities such as intersex, asexual, aromantic, pansexual, polysexual and two-spirit.