From Issue 2.3 - December 1995/January 1996
Kinky Web Crawl
By Drew Campbell
If you've read cyberpunk novels like William Gibson's Neuromancer, you
might expect the Internet to be a whole lot more than just a bunch
of computer nerds exchanging e-mail. Sure, you may not be able to
"jack in" through your brain's neuro-webs yet, but you can definitely
get off on net.sex.
The World Wide Web (WWW for short) is closer to
Gibson's fantasy than any other part of the Internet. The web is
literally that: a series of linked documents and images that allow you
to browse with just the click of a mouse.
Like most of the Internet,
the WWW is filled with all manner of fun, and some of it is
kinky. Unlike newsgroups or mailing lists or chat rooms, web
browsing is an individual activity, not a group endeavor, so you
control what you see and when you see it. And like a good scene, the
WWW lends itself to outrageous visuals and mind-bending twists and
Browsing the web involves little more than the right software: a
good web browser like Netscape or Mosaic. Type in the URL (webspeak
for address) and you're off. Creating your own web page requires a
knowledge of HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) which formats plain
text and graphics so a browser can read it. Many resources for
developing web pages are available in print or on the web
itself. Professional web developers are also popping up all over, so
if you don't have the technical knowledge or time, you can hire a pro
to cook up your web pages for you.
The WWW functions according to
the principle that like attracts like. In other words, if you find
one site you love, chances are, it will contain links to other sites
you'll enjoy. Warning: web browsing is a highly addictive
activity. There should be a 12-step group for this!
The best way to
get started is to jump in. The following hot list includes many of the
best kinky web sites. You can reach several of these sites directly
via the Cuir Underground website. More sites are appearing every
day. Jack in and jack off!
Kink on the World Wide Web: A Hotlist
-- CU's own website features selections from our latest issue,
contents of past issues, a calendar of Bay Area events, and links to
other kinky publishers and BDSM websites. You can find most of the websites
listed here -- and more! -- links in our Other
leather/SM/fetish/kink and radical sexuality web
http://22.214.171.124/ -- LeatherWeb, an extensive listing of BDSM websites,
including a library. An excellent place to start.
http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Sexuality/BDSM -- Yahoo
maintains links to hot websites, so having your pages linked from
Yahoo is a mark of distinction on the web. Another excellent
http://www.fifth-mountain.com/radical_sex -- The home page of Charles Haynes. Includes great
links to other BDSM sites and an extensive book and periodical listing.
http://www.blackiris.com/ -- Home page of San Francisco's Black Iris Gallery. Information on local
groups, motorcycle clubs, and more, including a calendar of events.
www.mcsp.com/tes/welcome.html -- Home page of The Eulenspiegel Society, a New York
based BDSM social and educational group. Publishers of Prometheus magazine.
http://www.halcyon.com/elf/hankies.html -- An online version of the hanky code.
Products and Services
http://www.sfdungeon.com -- A new commercial site, featuring products by a number of Bay
Area leather businesses and craftspeople. A must-view!
http://www.romantasy.com/cyboutique -- Romantasy's online boutique. Great info on corsetry.
Queer Sites with Kink Content
http://www.teleport.com/~dorsieh -- Includes information on the kinky-girls and boychicks mailing lists.
http://www.qrd.org/QRD -- The Queer Resources Directory is the largest single listing of information for queers on the net.
http://www.skepsis.com/.gblo/bears -- Resources for bears.
http://www.cdspub.com -- An extensive information and resource list for
transgendered people. Many good links.
http://soong.club.cc.cmu.edu/~julie/gender.html -- Excellent resources for transgendered people. Highly recommended.
http://www.ftm-intl.org -- Home page of FTM International, the only web site devoted to the needs of female-to-male transsexuals and transvestites.
http://www.sirius.com/~bearpaws/sixofthebest.html -- Home page of Six of the Best, which publishes "The Servants' Quarters" (a pansexual zine for submissives) and the forthcoming
"Pussywhipped" (a leatherdyke zine).
http://catalog.com/utopian/www/guardian.html -- Home page of the Sandmutopia Guardian. Also contains a link to Adam and Gillian's online toy catalog.
http://www.circlet.com/circlet/home.html -- Home page of Cecilia Tan's Circlet Press, publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy.
http://www.bookfair.com/publishers/daedalus -- Home page for Daedalus, which publishes BDSM non-fiction and biography.
http://www.the-wire.com/boudoir.noir -- Home page of Boudoir Noir, a Canadian BDSM publication.
http://www.dungeon.com/~SkinTwo -- Home page of the well-known British fetish magazine.
http://www.fatgirl.com -- Home page of FaT GiRL, a zine for fat dykes and the women who want them. Significant BDSM content.
You can reach Drew Campbell, a co-editor of CU, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
http://www.sirius.com/~bearpaws. Thanks to Max Airborne, webmaster
extraordinaire, for tips on many of the URLs.
© 1995, Cuir Underground
Last updated: 16 December 1995