From Jan 18, 2008:
Every January, the adult entertainment industry comes together in Las Vegas for a week of flesh, fun and franchise at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. The enormous conference draws thousands of adult companies, models, and fans to network, check out new products, participate in discussion panels and even attend an industry-wide awards show. The last 2 years, Kink.com has blown everyone away with their booth and demonstrations, solidifying their reputation as the world’s leading producer of BDSM and Fetish content. But this year, Kink.com chose to attend AVN not as prominent exhibitor, but as a quiet observer. So Founder and CEO, Peter Acworth, told his Directors to stay home for a change, and instead gathered his team of executives and headed to Las Vegas to check out the conference from an entirely different point of view.
Kink.com’s celebrates our latest addition to our family of BDSM sites Kink University. Kink U for short officially launched today and is now live!
Kink University’s mission is to improve the world’s accessibility through learning fun, safe, and effective skills related to consensual kink and other aspects of sensuality. Kink U delivers high quality, entertaining, and informative BDSM workshops and other educational features–both live and on video.
The community of BDSM (which stands forBondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, and Sadomasochism) has a long and rich history of education and skills training, through hands-on workshops and video tutorials. Kink University builds on this model by leveraging the incredible resources available at Kink.com to create the most effective online, local, and distance-learning experiences possible. Kink University strives to leverage our production and technical capabilities to grow the popularity of video learning for a broader audience and boost the awareness and acceptance of all BDSM education worldwide.
Kink.com’s mission has always been “to demystify and celebrate alternative sexualities by providing the most authentic kinky experiences.” Kink University is simply an extension of that goal, to reach out to new people who are curious about how to explore BDSM and bring kinky experiences into their lives–safely and consensually. It’s also fulfilling a service to current members of kink.com who are eager to learn some of the skills they see on our sites and use them in their own bedrooms and relationships. Kink University wants to tell such people, “No, you’re not alone. And yes, you can do this at home.”
In addition to our popular in-person workshops hosted in the historic San Francisco Armory and downloadable video tutorials (which benefit from kink.com’s high-quality production values and editing techniques), we also offer interactive, live-streaming BDSM and bondage workshops, viewable around the world (most recorded for later download). These live streaming workshops enable online attendees to view demonstrations up-close, ask questions, and even watch in-studio attendees as they practice and gain correction from instructors. Most of Kink University’s educational videos are accompanied by a companion set of step-by-step tutorial photos and other reference materials that members can view or even print for reference. In the future, Kink U will be rolling out additional features, such as an opportunity for members to upload their own video tutorials, to be curated and hosted by Kink University. Kink U will even offer live-streamed, powerful talks and Q & A from notable sex-positive figures, thought leaders, and even scientists and entertainers, to provide a free and open exchange of ideas. Kink U is also in the process of developing a system whereby students can earn “Kink University Verified” certification of having completed a particular course curriculum, backed by written and practicum tests proctored by KU-trained trainers.
Kink University features an ever-expanding faculty of expert and world-renown presenters. We are continually recruiting and considering new instructors and demo talent. We offer a combination of live hands-on and video workshops on technical skills (such as rope bondage, corporal punishment, and intimacy techniques), plus more academic and theoretical topics (such as polyamory, dominant and submissive mindsets, finding and building relationships, spiritual aspects of kink, and interpersonal communication). Kink U offers a good blend of “how-to” and “woo-woo.”
Ideally, our ultimate goal is for Kink University to become the most comprehensive and effective clearinghouse possible for knowledge about BDSM and kinky lifestyles, as well as supporting the BDSM community at large.