Introduction Our desire to research BDSM practices and risk-taking behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) emerged several years ago and is aligned with previously funded ethnographic research projects on bareback sex, gay bathhouses and risks, online gay cruising and risks, and “swingers” and risk-taking behaviors – all funded by CIHR, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. After three unsuccessful CIHR applications in which the BDSM project was rated “good . . . but not a CIHR priority,” in the spring of 2015 we turned to the University Medical Research Fund (UMRF), from which our first application received immediate funding.

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Holmes, D. (Dave), Murray, S.J, Knack, N. (Natasha), Mercier, M. (Mathieu), & Fedoroff, J.P. (J. Paul). (2017). Degenitalizing the sexual: BDSM practices and the deterritorialization of bodies and pleasures. In Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines (pp. 117–141). doi:10.4324/9781315399546