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What Rocky Flats should learn from BDSM

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As a sex therapist and kink friendly professional, sex almost always comes to my mind first, especially kinky sex, regardless of the question. After all, kink is my specialization. All therapists have something they specialize in, I just happen to specialize in kinky sex. I advocate for and educate people in the ins and outs, the ups and downs, of power exchange, vis a vis sensual domination and BDSM (bondage, dominance, dominant/submissive, sado-masochism). Recently, and for my own personal reasons, I have begun to research the history and state of affairs at the former nuclear trigger factory near Arvada, Colorado, named Rocky Flats. In conducting my research, I was able to amuse myself, and now hopefully amuse you, with the lessons those in charge of Rocky Flats could have learned from BDSMer's.
In my experience, people want to talk about sex, people want to hear about sex, and people are open to expand their knowledge base regarding sex. Quite simply, sex sells and sex is of great interest to people. On the other hand, in my experience, people don’t want to talk about nuclear waste, people don’t want to hear about possible contamination, and people seem to resist expanding their knowledge base about health and safety issues, even health and safety issues that exist in their own back yards. Quite simply, nuclear waste as a topic is anything but hot and no one wants to hear about its inconvenient truth. Nonetheless, bringing the best of sex to the worst of topics makes for, if nothing else, an interesting analysis.
The idea that sex in general and relationships in particular can be grounded in a SAFE, SANE, CONSENSUAL exchange is enlightening and a thought provoking framework when applied to global problems like Fukushima, Chernobyl and Rocky Flats. If those in charge of Rocky Flats would have used SAFE, SANE and CONSENSUAL as a governing ideology, a lot of people who lived downwind to the former plant would have, or at least could have, chosen another location to reside.
Safe, sane and consensual, Rocky Flats is/was not any of these. This former nuclear facility where triggers for bombs were manufactured was not located a safe distance away from a major metropolitan area (i.e. Arvada, Golden, Boulder, and Denver). Additionally, plutonium was not safely manufactured at Rocky Flats. Besides the contamination from everyday operation, years of safety mishaps, including fires, leaking storage barrels, illegal incinerating and other air, wind and water contamination have been admitted to during the year the plant was in production (1951-1989). Similarly, the chemicals used, stored and leaked at the plant were not safe for the downwind residents due to chemicals including plutonium, carbon tetrachloride and beryllium being scattered through air, water, wind, and food chain contamination.
There is also nothing sane about what has happened, is happening and will happen in the future in regards to Rocky Flats. The politics of memory ensures we forget, and forget quickly, what happened at Rocky Flats. There is nothing sane about forgetting the past, especially as the past relates to public health not to mention a past that has a half-life of 24,000 years.
Finally, there is no way a child can consent to being raised in a nuclear waste playground, where the streams glow and the dusty hills are hot. Like an unused safe word, children’s consent has no voice. The pressing part for today and for our future is that people didn’t move away from the plant’s dangers, in fact, more people every day are moving in, without full knowledge and consent, right next door to the same ‘abuser’ that made the workers and former residents of Rocky Flats sick.
If one were to compare Rocky Flats to a sexual relationship, there is nothing sane in the dynamic between Rocky Flats and the down winders. Rocky Flats wasn’t a bad, drunken, one-night stand we need to forget, Rocky Flats was a long-term, abusive relationship that was characterized by lies, deceit, contamination, infection, apologies, and more lies. Rocky Flats would be the type of relationship one leaves either dead or damaged and destroyed.
The take-away for all those considering moving into newly created Rocky Flats subdivisions and all those willing to spend taxpayer dollars developing the Jefferson Parkway though the contaminated soil, think before consenting to being blindfolded, or bounding down your rights to protecting your health or before agreeing to put a gag your ball in your mouth silencing you from protecting your family and your future. Don’t let the past dominate you, instead flog the past into submission. Have a safe word, educate yourself, and make safe, sane and consensual choices in bed and where you reside.

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