C Mag

Current IssueSpring 2024

Issue 157


Kink gives us an opportunity to question the limits of convention as they meet with hierarchical systems. Taking kink as a shapeshifter—a conscious negotiation of desire and relations based on principles like consent—this issue embraces queerness, disobedience, disruption, and complex embodiment. Through artistic explorations of BDSM, impact play, subspace, fan fiction, eroticized debt, Indigenous-settler relations, and more, contributors dive into the fleshy and political consequences of desire as sites to reinvent our bonds to one another.

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"Beauty encompasses multitudes, and yet we have arrived at a place where beauty has been constrained by elite standards… These complicities and misgivings are also rooted in colonial standards, including the view that bodies, objects, and spaces are meant to be governed and enacted upon, not with."
Stevie Ada Klaark , in Untangling Beauty from the Elite