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The term kink is sometimes used as a synonym for BDSM but is generally used for an even broader array of sexual practices and preferences that transgress social norms in some way, either objectively or as subjectively experienced by the individual. Whether or not an activity is considered as “kinky” is therefore relative to a particular definition of “normal” and the figuration of one’s personal limits.

Sexual norms still tend to privilege vaginal intercourse as the gold standard. Even though mutual masturbation and oral sex for same-sex interactions and anal sex for gay men are increasingly considered as appropriate expressions of sexual desire and loving relationships, other sexual practices remain marginalized or pathologized. Among them are sexual interactions not focusing on genital stimulation or including intense ...

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