The State of the BDSM Communities: Survey

It would be so cool to know how things are trending for BDSMers, publically, privately, and politically. Like — are people playing more or less since Trump got elected? Are BDSMers more worried about con artists or dwindling educational resources? How many of us tried something — or someone — new in 2017? What do you think 2018 will bring for us?

So many questions! Who can say how people will respond? Oh, YOU can!

This informal “state of the BDSM universe” survey asks you to share your experiences in 2017 and what you think will happen for you personally and for the world of kink in 2018. I’m running this for just one week (the polls close on January 5th, 2018,) so vote now, then share on social media and in email with kinky friends so we can hear from them too.

(You can only vote one time so give it your best shot. If you’re concerned about privacy, rest assured that all polling is anonymous: no tracking, no spam, just raw statistics on the number of votes on the back-end. )

Dig in, my beloved BDSM brainiacs! I can’t wait to see how you voted.

 


Overall, did you do more or less BDSM in 2017 than the preceding two years? (2015-2016)

  • More (43%, 307 Votes)
  • Less (36%, 258 Votes)
  • Same as ever (20%, 140 Votes)
  • Not applicable (1%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 715

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How much did you personally participate in BDSM community events (parties, conferences, etc.) in 2017

  • More than I did in 2015-2016 (32%, 218 Votes)
  • Less than I did in 2015-2016 (28%, 191 Votes)
  • Pretty much the same as before (27%, 183 Votes)
  • Not applicable (14%, 98 Votes)

Total Voters: 690

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How many BDSM educational events did you attend in 2017?

  • None (40%, 273 Votes)
  • One to five (39%, 266 Votes)
  • Five to ten (12%, 85 Votes)
  • More than ten (9%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 682

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How many times did you get to live your fave BDSM fantasies or dynamics in 2017?

  • Every few months (28%, 185 Votes)
  • It's my lifestyle, so regularly or daily (25%, 168 Votes)
  • Monthly (15%, 103 Votes)
  • Once (12%, 83 Votes)
  • Not applicable (10%, 70 Votes)
  • Weekly (9%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 671

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Do you want to do more BDSM in 2018 than you did in 2017

  • Yes (78%, 516 Votes)
  • Maybe, depends on the opportunity. (19%, 124 Votes)
  • Nope. I’m good where I’m at. (3%, 19 Votes)
  • I want to do less. (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Not applicable. (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 663

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How many new toys (whips, vibes, plugs, cuffs, fetishwear, etc.) did you buy in 2017?

  • A couple or few spicy new doodads, yes (53%, 355 Votes)
  • None. Nada. Zip. (21%, 142 Votes)
  • Blew a bunch of money at all kinds of kinked up orgasm enablers (16%, 106 Votes)
  • I have a fetish for BDSM shopping. Next question. (9%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 665

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Did you try any new (for you) fetishes in 2017?

  • Nope. (38%, 242 Votes)
  • One or two but it was at a kink event and you know how that goes (31%, 203 Votes)
  • As many as I could fit into my busy schedule (26%, 165 Votes)
  • Meh. I'm not that interested in the fetish side of things. (5%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 645

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Did you play with anyone new in 2017?

  • I played with a couple/few new people (39%, 250 Votes)
  • Nope. (33%, 211 Votes)
  • I played with one new person (21%, 132 Votes)
  • I played with more than 10 new people (8%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 642

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What was the single best thing about the BDSM Community for you personally in 2017?

  • The friendships and loyalties (29%, 178 Votes)
  • The sense of identity and community (19%, 117 Votes)
  • The dialogues and learning opportunities (16%, 97 Votes)
  • Other or Not Applicable (12%, 73 Votes)
  • Taking a break from it was good for me (11%, 69 Votes)
  • The playdates and parties (8%, 50 Votes)
  • Nothing good about it (5%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 612

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What do you think is the biggest threat facing the BDSM Communities in 2018?

  • Political forces threatening BDSM/fetish freedoms (26%, 164 Votes)
  • Predators and con artists who exploit us (26%, 162 Votes)
  • Lack of reliable mentors to guide people into safe BDSM (14%, 89 Votes)
  • Uncontrolled Community growth diluting who we are and what we do (12%, 74 Votes)
  • Something else (10%, 63 Votes)
  • Dwindling interest in BDSM education (7%, 41 Votes)
  • I don't see any threats ahead (5%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 624

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Thanks for voting!

You can come back to this page anytime and check the statistics yourself as they roll in. I will publish a final tally and my analysis of the aggregated results after the polls close in January 2018.

 


 

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