No, of course ‘Ayzad’ isn’t the name I was given at birth. It is a nom de plume, a pseudonym, a nickname from the past century, when privacy was approached in an entirely different way. Choosing your own name – and in the end your whole identity – is a self-affirming...
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Remember my fanboy-ish applause for Sunstone, the graphic novel I loved for its realistic and positive approach to the reality of BDSM? A couple of months ago I also met its evil twin: a perfect nemesis that negates everything that work represented. Nine Stones too is...
Here in Italy, the word ‘leatherman’ is more likely to be misinterpreted as the name of a talk-show host than associated with the culture that gave rise to the sex positive movement. Learned people might remember Tom of Finland and the aesthetic that stereotyped...
This interview was originally published by AhhSi It is hard to talk about the Italian BDSM scene without mentioning him. AhhSi had the pleasure of chatting with Ayzad.You may have stumbled on his name in a bookstore even if you aren’t into extreme sex. But if you...
Non-normative sexualities – what we usually call just ‘kink’ – are pretty common but also insufficiently studied. Even something as almost-mainstream such as BDSM, for example, has been the subject of very little research. Even if things are slowly changing for the...
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