"Fifty Shades of Grey" hit theaters in 2015, bringing BDSM to mainstream audiences in a way no movie had before. However, focused as they were on the titillating allure of gags, whips and chains, many fans who jumped on this trend overlooked one of the most important elements of kinky play: safety.

Although it may not seem like the sexiest topic, the ways kinksters address safety during play can set an excellent example for people of any sexual preference.

Exploring BDSM safety philosophies

The BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) and kink scenes use a number of safety philosophies, each with its own focus. Ultimately, the objective of these philosophies is to draw the line between abuse and consensual, ethical kink, and to prevent safe play from becoming dangerous. The three most common philosophies are: