My Review of Kink Academy

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My long-overdue review of an awesome sex-ed website

Since coming out to myself as a dominant last spring/summer, I spent time reading books and websites about D/s. I also went to my first munch in the local community.  I'm fortunate enough that my various "alt" social circles (LARP/Gamer, sci-fi fandom, BDSM and kink, poly, etc.) intersect, so it's easy for me to find people to talk to if needed. However, there's times that I have questions that I don't want to ask a friend about (yet), or there may be a particular topic my friends aren't familiar with. 

I know I'm not alone in this experience, which is why I want to tell you about a resource: Kink Academy. This is a website that provides on-demand sex education on a variety of topics.  

-  Before I jump into my review, I want to let you know that I'm not being compensated for this. I paid for my own membership cost out of pocket and am doing this review without prompting from the site's creators. In other words, I'm writing this because I really want to get the word out. :)

 

First impressions

The color scheme for the site is purple and slate gray. Why is this important? The two colors together make the website visually engaging. It is also a non-threatening color combination. (Most "adult" websites tend to use red or black as their main color - both of which are alarm colors in nature. )

The front page of the site not only shows you the breadth of information available, but also that it's easy to find what you're looking for. Not only is there a visible search box, but there are drop-down menu to help you filter the course material across multiple categories.  The featured courses are displayed in a carousel above the fold. To translate for the non-web-geeks, that's the animated slideshow - in a well designed website, you shouldn't need to scroll down to find the important stuff!

 

The videos

Kink Academy provides classes on different topics through 5-10 minute video clips. These clips range from instructors talking about a concept to visual demonstrations to recordings of conference presentations.

The videos are recorded and edited so that there's a consistent look and feel to the. Each video has an opening credit that consists of a monochromatic, fast-forward summary, plus credits with the instructors name and an introductory soundtrack. In other words - the video editors put work into this!.

I also took a critical look at  the instructors organized the material in each video and how they addressed their audience.  The speakers themselves varied in quality, but for the most part it looked like they put time and effort into planning what they were going to say and do.  I found myself drawn to the videos that included visual examples.  I think this is why I was drawn to Ms. Savannah videos - she uses a lot of live demonstrations in her lessons (plus a very saucy and playful sense of humor).

 

The library

Kink Academy has over 300 videos. That's a LOT of awesome content on a variety of topics like clothing, communication, health awareness, and  (my friends know how much I'll squirm at this one) tickling. Oh dear... 11 videos on tickling. If my husband ever gets ahold of my account, I am DOOMED! O.o

 

What does it cost?

Before discussing cost - let's re-iterate the benefit of this site: You're getting on-demand access to classes from experienced sex educators. These professionals typically charge $$$ for their in-person workshops.  You could also try researching these topics on your own, which takes time and money (depending on your source)

Per the registration page on the site, the membership cost for Kink Academy is $9.95 for 30 days / $19.95 for 90 days / $75 for 365 days.  For those that are curious - this is an awesome deal!  

 

Is this site for me?

Ultimately, the answer to that question is up to you. 

As someone who is Vanilla'ish and exploring my sexual horizons, I found this site very useful. If you're in the same boat as me, you may want to start with the basic materials or choose a curriculum track that meets your interests. I'd also recommend checking out Megan Andelloux's videos since she focuses on what I'd call the "basics" (anatomy, sex toys, barrier protection, and lubrication).

If you want to learn more, check out the site yourself. They have many videos that you can watch for free.  You can also browse their course catalog prior to purchasing a subscription (to see if there's a topic that interests you).