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Museum works to smash stigma against BDSM, kink culture

Museum works to smash stigma against BDSM, kink culture

February 13, 2020

Tucked between a gas station and an international grocery store south of Rogers Park lies a building housing whips, dildos, erotic artwork and ropes meant for bondage. The Leather Archives and Muse...

Love and Leather: What’s your safe word?

By Arts & Culture Reporter

November 30, 2015

Between the notorious smut of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the leather-laden imagery of a plethora of pop-stars like Rihanna, Madonna and Lady Gaga, BDSM—once an underground phenomenon—has penetrated the mainstream culture, though public reactions still vary.BDSM—variously known as kink, leather or fetish—is a catch-all term for lifestyles and sexual practices that involve bondage and discipline (B&...

Fifty Shades of Nay

Fifty Shades of Nay

February 23, 2015

Forget everything you have heard about this film—the cheers, jeers, fanfare and anticipation. If you take away the whips and chains, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is just like any other romance movie. Th...

Lost photos find controversy.

Lost photos find controversy.

February 10, 2014

No matter who you are, you have probably taken a selfie. But chances are nobody takes your selfies and uses them in an art exhibit.Taking pictures of day-to-day routines is a common part of life. Photog...

Vampire Pangs: Bleeding Love

By Trevor Ballanger

March 5, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorTheir razor-sharp teeth protrude from the corners of their mouths as they breathe on the necks of their victims. They are the mythical creatures that parents tell their children aren’t real before bed. But their essence is alive and well for those who choose to see the world through the absence of sunlight.Among the many sights Chicago has to offer, one in particular g...

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