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GROUPON Sells Tours of Torture Porn Studio

Deal coupon giant, Groupon, recently offered a coupon for Tours of Kink.com’s San Francisco Armory Building.

Kink.com produces fetish pornography and hosts tours of its headquarters located in San Franciso. Tours feature BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) themes.

An anti-pornography group The War On Illegal Pornography (WOIP) are boycotting Groupon due to their association with Kink.

WOIP points out that Groupon even promoted the fact that, “depending on the timing, groups may also glimpse a live filming in progress.” during the tour. Citing that bondage films produced in the Armory promote sexual violence against women.

Groupon has defended their agreement with Kink stating:

“We strive to offer interesting and exciting deals that will appeal to our diverse customer base. […] We thoroughly vet the businesses we feature, which is why we take these concerns seriously. Fortunately, this business has proven to be a responsible member of their community and the tour offered in this deal is historical and informational in nature.”

WOIP claims that Kink works under the pretense of community service and similar tactics are used by pimps and pornographers.

Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of WOIP, said “This is a savvy tactic that is frequently used by pimps and pornographers, and I would argue that they are warping a message,” said Hawkins. “It doesn’t matter your sexual orientation; it is never ok to abuse another human being. We want Groupon to have more corporate responsibility and recognize that it doesn’t profit them to promote companies that abuse and humiliate women.”

Kink executives responded by saying the company is often misunderstood.

“A huge part of Kink.com’s mission is to empower people to explore their sexuality,” said Kink.com Spokeswoman Alison Voss to HuffPost. ” While many misinterpret BDSM as degradation, we celebrate it as a positive, authentic expression of human sexuality.”

What do you think of Groupon offering BDSM tours to the public? Should they drop Kink.com?

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