I would like to acknowledge the work of this organization (NCSF), of which I’m a member. Its Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) directory is an important asset for who seek professional services that respect and support erotic and sexual diversities. Here is my listing, and from there you can link to the rest of the NCSF site. I encourage you to support them.
Discrimination Against Sexual Diversity
It’s understandable if you don’t automatically include erotic or sexual diversity in your understanding of equality, non-discriminatory (or at least non-judgmental) society. Sexual activity is a blend of orientation and choice. Society has just recently come to grips with sexual orientation, and the equally progressive movement to understand gender as a socially – rather than just biologically – constructed meaning.
A Social Condition
Erotic maps and sexual practices, no matter what else is socially projected onto them, are fundamental to (understanding) the human self and condition. The social & legal movement towards LGBTQ equality has led the way, as the most current and comprehensive cultural “work” throughout the world.
Yet most societies/cultures tend to force eros into a regulated social domain, with strict personal boundaries, protecting the core of privacy/safety, against the worst in human nature. The threat of harm in the workplace (including violative power plays) is obviously high, and the means to deal with that threat must be firm and clear.
The World of Work
Within an employment context, there is a norm of suppressing outward expressions of eros, part of the broader emotional suppression that most work cultures “require”.
But Don’t Go There
Very few people however can or will “come out” with their multi-relational preferences or polyfidelous leanings. Or their social preferences for expressing eros. This risks being shunned or stereotyped, in ways that hurt careers.
Further to my new blog style, (the pursuit of ‘less being more’, with a mischievous element too), I am going to leave off this complex subject right here, ducking complexity. Happy to reply to any comments…