After reading Aisha's post http://beingaisha.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/how-does-it-work/ and also when i mentioned it to Cassandra she had not heard of it, it occurred to me that the term RACK is not widely recognised or acknowledged, its generally SSC that is considered the way to go..and i thought maybe its just here (here being the UK) because i dont recall RACK being used/mentioned on blogs that are written by those in the US or elsewhere but yet its a fairly common term here....or maybe im missing it!
SSC...Safe, Sane and Consenual
RACK..Risk Aware Consenual Kink
It is i guess just another label to add to the plethora of others, what differientiates the two? SSC is about being safe and sane, which is reasonable, more than reasonable but yet there are 'activities' within bdsm that one may not consider safe and sane, there is an element of risk, perhaps more accuratley there is a higher level of risk involved in some things than others. By default some of these 'activities' because of the level of risk involved may not be considered sane.
Rack implies that the risk is acknowledged and both parties are aware of said risks, of course safety is paramount, but yet there is still risk, but nevertheless its an 'activity' that is engaged in. Breath play perhaps being an ideal example. I love breath play and it can take a few forms, my favourite is wearing the rubber hood which just has 2 thin nasal tubes for breathing, i like being tied down and having him clench the tubes and therefore cutting off my air supply. There are other forms of this i/we enjoy.
Commonly known as erotic asphyxiation....this has risks, huge risks....so is it safe? is it sane? well thats really down to the people that choose to engage in it.
So yes we tend to follow the priniciples of Rack but as safe as is possible, but still i wander if its a term that is mostly known here.