Safe, Sane, Consensual
a philosophy encouraging safe kink activities and warning against potentially dangerous kink activities. Not to be confused with “RACK”. Very traditional and established, but controversial for ableist language, varied standards for safety and sanity between people and communities, and among edge-play enthusiasts.
Real Life Examples
Alecto and Theseus meet up at a party and go home with one another to enjoy some impact play in private. Alecto wants to use a two-handed mace as a bludgeon. Theseus does not consent. He states that no two-handed mace can be used safely or sanely.
Angrboda feels like she doesn't belong in SCC-oriented kink communities because of her diagnosed mental health disorder.
Benvolio and Mercutio practice bondage together and are both new to BDSM. They have access to safety shears, regularly assess one another throughout for adequate circulation, but have different ideas about whether or not ball-gagging during bondage is SSC or not.
Common Practices &
Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices and experiences involving scenes include, but certainly aren't limited to:
- Assumption that different people share the same definition of Safe
- Assumption that different people share the same definition of Sane
- Emphasis on safety-oriented standards and practices, both proactive and reactive
- Strong skepticism or wariness towards edge-play activities, even between informed and consenting adults
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!