Online workshops for better power dynamics


The mission of The Academy of D/s Confidence is to provide multi-media education and support to people of all genders, orientations, backgrounds, and relationship configurations, who are exploring intentional consensual power dynamics and authority exchange relationships.

The ADsC uses spiritual practices, social justice activism, relationship skill-building, and BDSM and leather culture to support and inspire dominants, submissives, and switches.

More about The ADsC

The Academy of D/s Confidence started in 2015 by Sinclair Sexsmith and rife as a response to increased demand for education around consensual, intentional power and authority exchange relationships. There is so much misinformation about power dynamics, so much conflation of power dynamics with psychological damage and abuse, and The ADsC seeks to combat those stereotypes and to provide resources and alternative models to maintain healthy, supportive dynamics. There are not enough power discussions that include social justice frameworks, and The ADsC seeks to approach power dynamics from an intersectional place, taking into account privilege, marginalization, and social power dynamics for many different regions of social structures—race, class, gender, sexual orientation, beauty, religion, background, immigration status, size, profession, and many other factors that influence our relationships. In addition to social structures of power, The ADsC seeks to improve individual’s internal, personal sense of powerfulness and empowerment through relationship, self-awareness, and communication skills.

The goal of The ADsC is to educate and inspire more conscious creation and maintenance of consensual D/s power dynamics, and to provide many myriad examples so you can take on what’s best for you and your dynamic, deconstruct stereotypes, and have more confidence in your relationships and identities.

About Sinclair

SinclairSexsmith_120906-244Sinclair Sexsmith is a genderqueer kinky butch writer who teaches and performs, specializing in sexualities, genders, and relationships. They’ve written at since 2006, recognized numerous places as one of the Top Sex Blogs. Sinclair’s gender theory and queer erotica is widely published in anthologies and online, and they are the editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 and Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, both published by Cleis Press. Sinclair’s first collection of erotic short stories, Sweet & Rough: Sixteen Stories of Queer Smut, was published in 2014.

Sinclair has presented on power dynamics, protocol, and empowerment for leather and kink groups around the US and Canada, including IMsL, Dark Odyssey, The Lesbian Sex Mafia, Queer Sphere, Unholy Harvest, Desire, Northern Exposure, Kink Academy, and more, and is currently the co-director of MAsT: San Francisco closed discussion & support group. In addition, they are a co-founder of Body Trust, a radically inclusive embodiment collective. They have an owned and collared boy, rife, since 2011, and have been exploring power dynamics personally since 2004. Find them on Fetlife as MrSexsmith. Sinclair uses the genderqueer pronouns they, them, theirs, themself.

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About rife

rife is the owned & collared slave of Sinclair Sexsmith, and a genderqueer leather boy from Texas. He is the illustrator and co-creator of The GENDER Book, a fun, colorful, community-based resource. When not serving Master, he serves many other folks in the community through his graphic and web design small business rife has developed and designed ecourses like Submissive Playground and Mastering Dominance for Sinclair and is the main designer and developer of The Academy of D/s Confidence.