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Harvard Sex Club? BDSM ‘Munches’ Are Rife With Kinky Intellectuals

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A Harvard “sex club” has, as we reported earlier, been sanctioned for more official status at the nation’s most prestigious institute of secondary learning, and it turns out that one of the more common tenets of the BDSM lifestyle is that kink and intellectuals may often go hand in hand.

To be clear, the Harvard sex club is not necessarily what you might be expecting — perhaps even disappointingly so. While one expects a BDSM event to be a swinging and raucous affair, the group that is drawing all the scintillating attention this week is what is known as a “munch” — a non-sexual, “vanilla” friendly affair that allows for individuals to talk about social activities, politics, and yes, kink and BDSM, in a non-threatening setting like a restaurant or sports bar.

The Harvard sex club is called the Harvard College Munch, and is likely comprised of run of the mill students whose tastes run a few shades grayer than their contemporaries. (Kidding! The fastest way to irritate a sub or dom nowadays is to mention the book-that-shall-not-be-named, and doms everywhere lament an influx of bored housewifes at BDSM events wondering when all the tortured billionaires will show up.)

And indeed, groups like the Harvard College Munch are far from sex clubs — but their makeup might surprise you. Granted, genteel twenty-something moguls are not a common sight, but doctors, lawyers, nurses and school teachers are among the folk you’ll meet at your friendly neighborhood munch — an international tradition that dates back decades implemented as a way for those into or exploring the lifestyle to make connections and establish safety protocols before taking the plunge and “doing a scene.”

The link between intellectuals and BDSM is a common cliche in pop culture, so the Harvard sex club’s notoriety may not seem all that dissonant to some — think the main male character in the BDSM-lite fairytale Secretary for one notable example.

But the trope archive also notes that the BDSM scene has often been linked to well-educated folk, and that one survey indicated that 20 percent of people who attend groups like the Harvard sex club could be classed as intellectuals.

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Given the BDSM lifestyle’s rallying cry of “safe, sane and consensual,” it’s not too hard to imagine why clever young folk like those in the “Harvard sex club” are ditching the vanilla dating scene for something a bit more imaginative, cultured and self-reflective — and with the pool of available maidens and suitors on sites like OKCupid and Match.com, can you blame them?

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