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    Is Japan’s Naughty Knotty BDSM Scene Too Dangerous?

    TOKYO—There’s a saying in Japan, Nama byoho wa kega no moto. That is, Half-baked knowledge of the martial arts is the cause of great injury. It turns out the same is true in the realm of Japan’s fetish subculture. Half-baked knowledge of BDSM is also the cause of great injury—especially with ropes. Japan’s fetish scene has blossomed in recent years and become part of the popular culture. A member of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet appears to have frequented S&M bars, and even the HBO series Girls had an episode set in a Tokyo bondage club. However, as the fetish scene has grown, so have the number of injuries,…

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    BDSM in China

    “I love being dominant, and the feeling of power I have in our sexual role-playing games,” says 28-year-old Ada Ling, a certified nurse who lives and works in Beijing. “[And] I love being trampled by her, especially when she’s wearing high heels,” her 26-year-old boyfriend, university tutor and graduate student Xiao Wu explains. Xiao and Ling met roughly two years ago on a BDSM message board. While in the popular imagination, BDSM most often evokes images of skintight leather suits and whips, practitioners of BDSM usually define it in relational terms – as forms of erotic play based on control and uneven power dynamics. In the wake of the release…