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KINKY FIND A CAUSE IN `PADDLEBORO'
[7 SPORTS FINAL Edition]
Hartford Courant - Hartford, Conn.
Author: Pagnozzi, Amy
Date: Mar 9, 2001
Start Page: A.3
Section: MAIN (A)
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Meanwhile, Bondage, Discipline and Sadomasochism activists nationwide have taken up the gauntlet, perceiving that the so- called Paddleboro case may do for fetishists what the 1969 anti- police riots by transvestites and homosexuals at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village did for the gay rights movement.

Whether this adds up to 20 million people or more engaging in some kind of BDSM activity, as the NCSF estimates, I couldn't tell you. But at last count, in 1997, there were more than 500 BDSM support groups -- and that was before the Internet really exploded, its anonymity enabling many people to figure out their sexuality for the first time.

"The BDSM-Leather-Fetish communities have a long history of educating its members about the technical skills and safety issues," the Paddleboro website states.

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