What is RACK (Risk-Aware Consensual Kink)?
RACK is an acronym for:
R – Risk
A – Aware
K – Kink
RACK in BDSM is a philosophy having both partners are informed of the risks that are involved in a proposed sexual activity. Given the risks, both partners give their consent to be involved in the activity.
The acronym RACK is accredited to Mr. Gary Switch in an article in 2003 that was circulated in kink communities as a response and dissatisfaction to SSC (Safe Sane Consensual) subjective terms and connotations. Mr. Switch believed that RACK is a better term to describe the values that BDSM practitioners follow. He said, what may be safe or sane to a person may not be considered the same by another. Thus, the RACK philosophy aims to be more inclusive of activities that are either safer and less safe instead of safe and not safe.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- RACK is a more practical philosophy when it comes to BDSM kink activities.
- The people involved understand the underlying risk and still decide to accept it on their free will.
- They may state explicitly the activities they want to do.
- RACK is a more specific framework that places personal responsibility and awareness of what may happen to them.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Another philosophy in BDSM is SSC (Safe Sane and Consensual). There is one similarity between SSC and RACK, that is the importance of consent. SSC is subjective because not all sane and safe practices may be the same for another person. It has become a conflict because a person may define an activity as sane or safe but is not for another. There are other versions of these, such as PRICK (Personal Responsibility, Informed Consensual Kink) and CRASH (Consensual, Risk-Aware, Shit Happens). But these two are not as commonly used as SSC or RACK.