NCSF on TwitterSubscribe to the NCSF RSS FeedNCSF Blog

NCSF Headlines

THE PAKISTANI-AMERICAN 'MR. LEATHER' BUSTING BDSM STEREOTYPES

on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Paper Mag

In the world of BDSM, the lack of representation of people of color persists as it does in many other pockets of American mainstream and underground culture. One man breaking the mold of the stereotypical white leather daddy is Ali Mushtaq, a Pakistani-American from California whose presence at leather events and in BDSM circles is something of an anomaly, given his Muslim background and in his words, "Punjabi" appearance. Having won the title of Mr. Leather at a competition in California last year, Mushtaq has been using his platform to drive forward the conversation around visibility, representation and equality in sexuality. Breaking down stereotypes that Muslims can't be into fetishes or kink, Mushtaq is a sex symbol for a modern age — one in which religion, race and gender are no longer barriers to freedom of sexual expression.

Comments (1)

  • M.WRYTER

    23 February 2018 at 09:22 |
    I HAVE NEVER FELT THAT THE " CULTURE " OF BDSM IS DEFINED BY BEING WHITE. WHILE TRUE THERE IS NOT A LOT OF OTHER RACES OR CULTURES THAT ARE VISIBLE, IAM VERY SURE THEY EXIST AND ARE FUNCTIONING IN SOME DEGREE. IT IS A LIFESTYLE THAT IS OPEN TO ALL.

    reply

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest. Optional login below.