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American Sex Podcast Episode 52: Graydancer and Naiia - Redefining BDSM Communities


We sat down with BDSM and rope bondage superstars, Graydancer and Naiia to talk about the BDSM "scene." Some assume this group is ripe with open communication, ethical behavior, and clearly negotiated consent because those concepts are cornerstones of BDSM.

We sat down with BDSM and rope bondage superstars, Graydancer and Naiia to talk about the BDSM "scene." Some assume this group is ripe with open communication, ethical behavior, and clearly negotiated consent because those concepts are cornerstones of BDSM. It turns out kink communities have their fair share of toxicity and inequity too -- just like most other social groups.

Gray and Naiia share some innovative perspectives on these issues and discuss possible solutions. They've even implemented some themselves, namely popularizing an "open source" style conference model that is revolutionizing the way the rope and kink communities operate. Interestingly, this conversation doesn't just apply to kink -- most communities (yoga, theater, work groups, bowling leagues, you name it!) can benefit from this episode.

Appropriately we recorded this live at the COPE BDSM conference which was the perfect backdrop!


Guest Bio


Graydancer and Naiia have been presenting together for the last nine years across North America, as well as being featured educators on KinkAcademy.com. They are passionate about rope, leather, power exchange, service, consent practices, adult sex education, and performance, among other things. They work on the staff of ROPECRAFT, a national kink event, as well as producing the GRUE, an alt-sex open-space event in Madison.

Naiia was the founder of the Madison Women of Leather, served as a moderator for the Rope Bottoms Group, and works with the LGBTQ Outreach Center in Madison.

Gray produces the Ropecast (available on iTunes) and is currently training in Graphic Recording & Facilitation. His "kinky sketchnotes" are found on Patreon.com.

They both live in Madison, WI where Naiia practices hearth witchery and Gray tries hard to be a GILF. Learn more at graydancer.com, naiiabound.com, GRUE.space, and ROPECRAFT.net.


Sunny Megatron

Sunny Megatron is a sexuality educator, sex & relationship writer, media personality, YouTuber, and sex toy expert. She's also the host and utive producer of the Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron plus hosts the hit American Sex Podcast. Named one of the 6 most Savvy sexologists in North America, her work has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, CNN, Refinery29, Playgirl Magazine, and more. She's a three-time XBIZ Sexpert of the Year nominee and has received numerous awards for her sexuality blog including Kinkly's #1 Sex Blogging Superhero of 2017. Sunny's passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions.
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