News and events

In the media

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

Psychology 21 January 2019

Headshot of Coral Dando

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.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

For the media

For the media

Here we hope you find everything you will need to research, write and publish your story or blog post.