The best studies would suggest that BDSM practices—like other large sexual categories—are fairly evenly spread out among racial groups, though the local scripts differ a bit. At the same time, BDSM as a subculture is disproprtionately white. Given that, the question of racialized power dynamics in BDSM imagery is a big deal, maybe more so than the gender dynamics. When white bloggers (like myself) post images of black people in submissive poses, we’re making some pretty extraordinary assumptions about what is acceptable speech. On the other hand, if white bloggers categorically avoid such images, we relay the idea that BDSM is an all-white space, which must be fairly aggravating to kinky people of color, as well as reinforcing a false set of perceptions to kinky white folks.
This is all true for gender dynamics as well, but at this point (as opposed to, say, 1980) it’s overwhelmingly clear that there are lots of kinky women.
(Source: erosz, via scentofslave)