BDSM and Clout (snippet)

by | Feb 19, 2021 | BDSM, BDSM Community, Fundamentals, Mental Health, Safety, Social Media BDSM

The power someone gains from heightened notoriety as a result of others possessing widespread reverence for them can be described as clout. While clout itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, our attitudes towards clout can be dangerous. We don’t always hold notable individuals under the same scrutiny we use to examine strangers. We normally try to keep our best interests at heart by dong what we can to make sure strangers are good people without ill intent and ulterior motives. With prominent individuals however, the measures people should always use to determine safety are often reduced or entirely non-existent.

The reason behind this is the dehumanizing pedestal mentality that pervades society in reference to how we view famous people. We see them not as human, but as good: a state of being we admire or hope to achieve. The consolidated reverence makes us feel safe as we forget that most of humanity has the capacity to manifest harm.

It is known that power corrupts those who wield it, but it is important to internalize that the very same power may corrupt those who come into contact with it. Power Dynamics very heavily affect consent due to factors that unevenly distribute power between people. Clout is a type of power. Therefore, those who come into contact with clout may have their understanding of consent taken advantage of or altered in some way that blinds them to the possibility of harm to themselves and others.

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