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Rolling Stone: Waterboarding for Pleasure: When Kink violates the Geneva Convention

Psychology 21 January 2019

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Coral Dando, Professor in Psychology, recently commented on BDSM’s use of simulated drowning, internationally banned by the Geneva Convention and classified as torture by the United Nations, for Rolling Stone magazine. 

Known as waterboarding, the practice involves covering a person’s face with a piece of cloth and dripping water over them, preventing them from breathing. Professor Dando explained its aim is to give the perception of drowning when you’re not.

Talking about the psychological consequences of waterboarding, ranging from memory issues to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, she added: “If people are consenting to it for their own excitement and joy, then I’m not sure those conditions would be in place.”

Read the full article on Rolling Stone.


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