Just a small bit of 101 here:
SSC: Safe, Sane, and Consensual – A philosophy of engaging in BDSM activity that emphasizes safety, and the mental state of participants prior to starting a scene.
RACK: Risk Aware Consensual Kink – A philosophy of engaging in BDSM activity that emphasizes the inherent risk to many of the activities involved in BDSM scenes
Okay, that aside…
I, personally, practice RACK. Even for activities that do not typically fall under the category of “edge play”, there is some level of risk. I can bind someone’s wrists 100 times and have nothing go wrong. But the possibility that something could is ever present. Shit happens. Panic attacks, asthma attacks, sudden gastrointestinal distress….those are extremes, but they do happen. More commonly with bondage you get extremities going numb, the potential for nerve damage if the rope gets pulled to tight, etc. The bottom line is this…no matter how many times you engage in an activity, there is always a risk.
In RACK, it is important that both parties provide informed consent. This means the bottom needs to know what the risks are. The top needs to know if the bottom has any mental or physical conditions that might add to the inherent risk. Even with the best of preparation, sometimes unforeseen things happen. Risk is a part of what we do.
As far as the morality question, the short answer is, in my opinion, morality is relative. I will provide a more detailed explanation of the “morality of kink” in a later post.