Our Definition

a slang term for the uncomfortable feeling one may get when hearing about or witnessing certain kinky activities which they do not wish to participate in, but harbor no prejudice against the play or people who participate. 

The term is used instead of “disgust” due to the later’s association with moral judgement.

Real Life Examples

Bertha does not like the idea of pet play, so she does not engage with discussions of it in kink spaces. 

Erney chooses not to participate in exhibitionism because it makes him feel uncomfortable to consider. 

Haroldine loves bondage photos but tends to look away quickly when she sees ball-gags being used in these photos, since she personally feels she would hate to wear a ball-gag.

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices involving squicks include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Communicating with partners regarding limits related to squicks.
  • Trying to avoid instances where one would be exposed to a squick directly. 
  • Not getting involved with discussions centering around a squick. 
  • Being respectful of people who enjoy your squick. 
  • No moral judgment on squick 
  • A sense of innate disinclination towards the squick, as a matter of personal taste. 

Got a beef with our definition?

Of course we don't speak for everyone! If you feel we are missing additional info, context, facts, history, or data, please email us and let us know!

While we can't promise every suggestion will make it, we'll always be working to keep this glossary thorough and inclusive!