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BDSM: It's Not What You Think! (2008)

"BDSM: It's Not What You Think!" confronts stigma and stereotype surrounding kink and fetish play through leading voices within the BDSM community. With intimate interviews and playful ... See full summary »


Erin Palmquist


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Credited cast:
Philip Arezzi Philip Arezzi ... Gladiator II
Atticus Atticus ... Himself
Robert Black Robert Black ... Himself
Robert Black Robert Black ... Himself
Anthony J. Cimo Anthony J. Cimo ... Railroad Victim
Lord Falcon Lord Falcon ... Himself
Janet Hardy Janet Hardy ... Herself
Ms. Heart Ms. Heart ... Herself
Master Hines Master Hines ... Himself
Mrs. Hines Mrs. Hines ... Herself
Sybil Holiday Sybil Holiday ... Herself
Stephen Holm Stephen Holm ... Zorro
Wade Keye Wade Keye ... Villian
Marie Madvednik Marie Madvednik ... Sheep
Nova Nova ... Herself


"BDSM: It's Not What You Think!" confronts stigma and stereotype surrounding kink and fetish play through leading voices within the BDSM community. With intimate interviews and playful vignettes this film targets progressive outsiders and guides them through the minefield of misconceptions and prejudice that kinksters must routinely face. Written by Erin Palmquist

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Do you want to debunk your stereotypes and stigmas about things you been told? Check out this film
18 September 2009 | by thelipstickfemmeSee all my reviews

Bay Area educators and community folks volunteered and appeared in this student film that was meant to be for a class project at SFSU - 10 minutes was the requested project amount from the instructor. Well, the film-makers ended up making one of best intro to BDSM documentary movies that I have ever seen in my many years in this lifestyle. The film quality, lighting, editing and artistic approach quite exceptional. It is a great film for educators, mental health professionals, and other sex-educators. It is offers a sex-positive approach which takes the Newbie step-by-step in a PG-13 manner. The film has been on the film festival circuit and receiving rave reviews.

This film is a classic and very much needed as an education tool. Every University and college that has a ethnic studies, social justice, counseling, psychology, and sociology departments should have this as part of their teaching tool presentation. All medical school should have this so that doctors can deal with a variety of lifestyles in a healthy manner. This will reduce the stigma and also redefine the various pathologies that are in the DSM-IV-TR books (American Psychology Association).

If general, people should be exposed to various orientation and lifestyle that they are not familiar with. This one offers the real deal ( not from a research point of view) the people and educators involved in the topic of BDSM/Fetish/Kinky, alternative loving and adult play..

About the documentary Quoted from their website: "Topics of pain, abuse, stereotypes, race and community are broached in BDSM: Its Not What You Think! Mixing interviews, dramatizations and archival footage, this funny and educational film picks the brains of various Bay Area kinksters in order to debunk some of the myths surrounding BDSM play." Get the DVD it finally came out. http://www.bdsmdocumentary.com/ check out the trailer and buy the movie.

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