Race & Kink: The Dark Side of Shibari

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Midori joins Marla and Luna for their Race & Kink series where they host intellectual conversations around race and kink and it’s effects on the various intersections of identities. 


  • To create conversations about racism in kink communities, industries and spaces
  • To empower BIPOC people to navigate and thrive in kinky pursuits
  • To educate allies on how implicit bias, racism and interpersonal racism happens in kink
  • To raise awareness of racial dynamics in kinky activities and events

Feed your brain and your kinky soul with lively conversation with some of the industry’s leading kinky professionals! You’ll have the ability to ask questions and engage and better yet, learn more things that can help your kinky experience evolve.


Did you know that there was a dark side to Shibari? That’s right.

Midori sits down with Marla Renee Stewart and Luna Matatas to talk about how we can decolonize our kinks as we think about and embrace the history of Shibari.

Sordid, true tales from the sex and kink underground in Japan! What is sex and kink in Japan like? How is it like and not like North Americans? When is shibari play a celebration or misappropriation of Japanese culture? Told in a storyteller’s way, this is a survey of realities and historical factors shaping contemporary sexuality and kink life in Japan. As we go along, the tale will weave in and out of discussions of the dark side of Japanese rope bondage and realities of global shibari Born and raised in Japan, Midori often returns home to Japan. Whether visiting family and friends or leading customized tour, she always makes time for “cultural research” in BDSM bars, queer spaces, shibari gatherings, etc. As a returning local she’s privy to life hidden from foreign tourists and rope students. Learn about the historical impact and cultural ‘big picture’ shaping sex lives in Japan. Midori combines local knowledge and Eddoko (Tokyo person) access with her work as a sexologist and cultural analyst explainer to bring you this special conversation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze and critique contemporary narratives about Japanese rope bondage in context of history and colonial politics
  • Identify and recognize common harms, (physical, emotional, and cultural) in contemporary shibari practice that often go undiscussed.
This class is 2 AASECT CE credit hours. CKA include: A, C, F. 

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April 23, 2024
4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm EST





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Velvet Lips Sex Education
Velvet Lips Sex Education

Velvet Lips is a sex-positive sex education venue offering workshops and intensive coaching. They combine effective academic learning techniques with bodywork sexual techniques to foster personal discovery, open dialogue, and increase sexual awareness, as well as improving mental and physical health.

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