Being Bad with Dr. Peter Banki

“Supreme delight lies in the certainty of doing ‘evil’ – and men and women know from birth that all pleasure lies in evil.” – Charles Baudelaire

Being bad—flirting with evil—belongs to the repertoire of BDSM and, I would argue, sexuality in general. And yet, it is something many are frightened to explore, because understandably there is a fear of evil and being evil.

A lot of the sexiness of sex and BDSM comes from the allure of being bad, of taking the risk of crossing borders of conventional morality and politeness. In this workshop, you’ll have a license to be bad. How bad can you be? How much bad will you allow to be done to you? What finally do you hold to be unacceptable? And why?

Finally, what role does forgiveness play in sexuality and BDSM?



Peter Banki, Ph.D is the Founder and Director of the Festival of Really Good Sex and of the Festival of Death and Dying. Peter is also member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, where he has also lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages.

He holds a Ph.D from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come:  the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical  is forthcoming with Fordham University Press. His current research interests include the intersections between philosophy and sexuality, and the politics of reconciliation and forgiveness in relation to cultural trauma. 

Read Peter Banki's recent article in The Guardian about the Festival of Really Good Sex. 

Read the recent Good-Weekend article by Jackie Dent in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age about Peter Banki's work with Victoria Spence.

A selection of Peter's academic publications can be found at