From The Harvard Crimson, there’s a new club on the Harvard campus:
It started last October with a meal in Currier dining hall with a handful of friends who shared something in common: an affinity for kinky sex.
More than a year after the group first began informally meeting over meals to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex, Harvard College Munch has grown from seven to about 30 members and is one of 15 student organization that will be approved by the Committee on Student Life this Friday.
Michael, who was granted anonymity by The Crimson to protect his privacy, is the founder of Munch, an informal lunch or dinner meeting for people across the kink community.
This is actually really awesome. The kink community really does need groups like this to provide a support network for its members. Kink does tend to come with a bit of risk, especially in the BDSM spectrum, which is what this group appears to primarily focus on. It’s also great that they’re focusing on the “support” aspect directly:
Mae said the [difficulty getting recognition], however, was worthwhile because it inspired the organization to create a safety team—a group of people who can direct students who have faced abuse or trauma to appropriate resources on campus.
Mae said that kinky students may feel uncomfortable discussing their sexual practices, after experiencing any form of abuse or trauma, with certain people for fear of being misunderstood or judged. She said the resources ensure students receive the help they need from people who are educated about the kink community.
Reading the comments, I was saddened by the large amount of ignorant and bigoted responses. There are a bunch of people calling this group perverted, several saying that kink is a mental disorder, and dozens saying that this is disgusting. To all those people, I would say that it’s fine if you don’t want or like kinky sex in your own life. Everyone has their own preferences, and nobody’s trying to force you to do things you don’t want to do. Likewise, you shouldn’t try to force other people to abide by your standards. Some people just like different things in the bedroom, and just because you don’t like those things doesn’t mean they’re wrong. A lot of people find gay sex disgusting. That doesn’t make it wrong.
Sex and sexuality tend to be taboo topics in almost all situations. Sex is just another activity, and there’s no reason why it can’t be discussed in public just like any other activity. I applaud Harvard for recognizing this group, and I wish the Harvard College Munch the best of luck in the future.