I am so excited for this conference. I so wish it wasn't states away from me. But it is wonderful to see people educating about kink. Please visit their website- http://www.atouchofflavor.com/
A few years ago “kink” wasn’t a word in common use. It was something “those people” did behind closed doors, and only talked about amongst themselves. Then came 50 Shades of Grey and overnight kink became THE topic of conversation. Enough copies of the book have been sold in the United Stated to provide a copy to one third of the adult population. Say what you want about the writing (it sucks) or it’s portrayal of BDSM (which is worse), but in less than a year the book singlehandedly thrust kink into the mainstream. I suddenly found myself unable to walk through a mall without hearing people talk about Dominance and submission. My local clothing store featured t-shirts with “DOM” written on them and purses with “his slave” daintily written in gemstones. As someone who has been involved with the kink scene for 10 years this left me with mixed emotions. The fact that people were finally able to talk about kink and their sexual desires in the open was definitely a good thing, but along with the interest came a wave of people who have learned everything they know about BDSM from a work of fiction
The drastic flow of so many new and uneducated people presents problems we’ve never faced before. The many who somehow find their way into the community don’t have the slightest clue about vital topics such as consent, negotiation, or etiquette, while those who don’t find the community wing it at home with zero education, and the entire community is branded with the result when something goes horribly wrong.
We decided to build an event that could satisfy everyone from the experienced kinkster to the person whose only experience with kink has been that infamous book. The first part was simple if not easy: we selected a variety of local and nationally known presenters such as Danarama, Sir Guy, Mollena Williams, Catherine Gross, Professor Oni, and created a schedule of over 55 classes ranging from introductory classes to advanced.classes like Binding the Eel, Female Ejaculation, Fucksaw Mania, and Hands on Hypnosis. We then threw in a variety of special events including a kinky talent show, a pool party, a TNG mixer, Cigars Boots, and Chocolates, Speed Dating, a massive Dungeon Gala with over 9500 square feet and 50 pieces of furniture, and viola! Something for everyone.
Where it gets interesting is letting people know about the event. Of course, we know where to find the kinksters and they know where to find us, but what about those people who most need the education? They’re not on Fetlife, not at parties, and not at happy hours. The first year we had this event we quickly realized that if we wanted to teach these people we needed to reach these people the way they’re used to being reached. We became one of the first (if not THE first) kink event to publicly advertise and yes, work with the media. It’s tricky and not something we generally recommend people in the community do, but it’s necessary for what we’re trying to accomplish and so far we’ve done a pretty good job of it.
The end result?
Touch of Flavor. We’re returning to Baltimore July 4th-7th bigger and better than ever. This is the one event you don’t want to miss this summer and tickets are going fast, so don’t wait. CLICK HERE NOW to learn more and get your tickets.