I'm about to head off for the weekend to Twisted Tryst (aka Spank Festival) for a long weekend. I've gone to this event many times before, and I really love it.
The moto of this event is that it is intended to be "radically inclusive." Basically this means that there are VERY few rules, and all types of people with all sorts of interests are welcome, and honestly, celebrated.
Sometimes "inclusive" means that people who are different are tolerated. Sometimes it means that a wide variety of interests are allowed, but there is still a list of forbidden activities, be they formally forbidden, or culturally not tolerated by the group. I'm sure Tryst has some cultural taboos, but every time I think there is one, I see someone break it.
Waterboarding? Sure. Running around for the whole weekend in diapers? No problem. Making someone puke? Just clean up after yourself. Girl on girl on girl on girl on girl on guy on (inflatable) sheep?* Excellent.
Here's the question I have though: I also really like peership spaces (men's only, women's only, TNG only, etc). Those are sort of the opposite of this kind of radical inclusiveness, so why do I find value in both kinds of spaces?
*Cookies to those who caught the reference.