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Mel Leverich, a museum archivist, reads through a BDSM mail order catalog in the archives.

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&...

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