BDSM is more than just a lifestyle; it is a legitimate 'Culture'. As such, we have rites, rituals, ideas, customs, skills, and art forms that belong solely to us. We as a community should be making a conscious effort to communicate, transfer and pass along to succeeding generations the fundamental traditions of our culture. As well, their associated rites, ritual, ideas, and customs.
This community owes its most recent founding roots to the post WWII Gay Leather Community (known today as Old Guard) thanks to the internet, it has grown into a much larger and widely segmented community. Each of these segments i.e., Leather, 1950’s Household, Gorean, Rope, and so on, view the BDSM Culture in their own way. Regardless of which, the fundamental principles remain steadfast. Though, each may view the culture from a different perspective, how we live within our cultural community, the ethos of Honor, Integrity, Accountability and Respect are the cornerstones from which our community must be built.
BDSM University has been designed like any other online educational facility. One enrolls, chooses classes, reads, learns, and takes tests. Additionally, like a traditional university, one receives credits for completing classes with passing grades. Compairable to other centers for higher learning, you will need a certain number of credits to achieve levels of educational proficiency. We mirror the four year college in progression. A student works their way through the Freshman (Newbie), Sophomore (Kinkster), Junior (Fetishist) and Senior (Senior) years. We also provide degrees in a specific specialty, or general studies.
BDSM is a Culture!
BDSM is not, nor has it been for quite some time, simply a 'Lifestyle.'
Webster’s dictionary defines a 'lifestyle' as: 'The consistent, integrated way of life of an individual as typified by his or her manner, attitudes, possessions... "