The august flagship of the Ivy League, Harvard University, approved Friday a student group devoted to kinky sex called Harvard College Munch, a university spokesman said.
The group promotes "a positive and accurate understanding of alternative sexualities and kink on campus, as well as to create a space where college-age adults may reach out to their peers and feel accepted in their own sexuality," according to the school website.
The 30-student club acknowledges that kink is often associated with BDSM -- bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism -- but the group doesn't seek to define "kink" and accepts "students with any kinky interest," the club's constitution says.
"No other group exists as a forum for students interested in alternative sexualities to explore their identities and develop a community with their peers," the group says on the school website.
The group will have privacy standards for its members, its constitution says.
Formal recognition allows the group to receive grants, post campus notices, and use campus meeting spaces, according to a profile of the group in the school newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.
The student club's founder, whom the newspaper identified only as Michael, has already held discussion-group gatherings during "munch," a term used in the kink community at-large to refer to a social meal meeting, the Crimson reported.
The group doesn't tolerate traumatic abuse or assault, however, and has formed a safety team to direct victims toward help, another group member told the paper.
Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said the school doesn't endorse the view or activities of any officially recognized student group.
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