“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
You see this quote all over the Internet. Even though I cannot pronounce her name to save my life, I believe Anais Nin to be a genius of the highest caliber.
I make the claim here in the About Me page, but I have also had a profile at various times on one of the more popular dating sites where I make the same claim, and so I get asked a great deal: “How can you be both a Dom and a feminist?”
This is usually followed with more questions closely on it’s heels.. more specific questions like: “How can you believe that it is okay to punish a woman for (failing to properly prepare your food//forgetting to call you Sir/Master/Daddy//being bratty//letting your drink go empty//eating the wrong things//etc…) and DARE to call yourself a feminist?!”
The answer to those questions lie in the quote above.
I take on the role that I do for two reasons:
1) I enjoy it. It fulfils me in a way that nothing else ever has. I crave devotion. I don’t fully understand this, but it is what satisfies me. I am every bit as devoted to those who are devoted to me – perhaps moreso in some cases – but perhaps I am a bit of a narcissist for wanting this.. in any case, it’s true, and to deny it would be insincere.
2) The woman for whom I play this role requires it of me. She needs someone to fill that role for her every bit as much as I need to do it for her. She wants someone who will make enormous demands of her, someone who does not doubt her courage, someone who pushes her boundaries and pushes her to be what she wants to be, she wants a man who will demand that she live up to her promises and who will punish her when she does not.
The service mindset is not a complicated one, and it’s far more universal than one might think..
This is taken slightly out of context, but it’s an interesting quote from a somewhat surprising source:
“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy”
One would not be remiss to attribute that quote to someone who was known for giving his life in the service of others, and while Mohandas Gandhi did give his life in the service of others, it is his resistance to oppression for which he is most known. How can one who loves service so deeply also be so strong in his opposition to oppression?
This is the logical fallacy that most people fall prey to when they think about the D/s paradigm.
Service and submission take strength and trust. It is rare that the convergence of personalities allows for complete submission, but when it occurs, it is powerful stuff.
Many are those who will tell you that in a D/s relationship it is the submissive that really has control. This is of course, total bullshit. In a properly balanced D/s relationship, both partners share equally in the power exchange. They both have the same right to walk away at any time, they both have the right to negotiate for what they want, but ultimately this always ends in the Dominant partner having more power than the submissive because that is what they both want. The submissive is never in control and does not want to be. However, this power is a gift from the submissive partner to the Dominant one, and the moment that either one of you forgets that, the dynamic is lopsided and doomed to fail.
I am a feminist, but that does not mean that I believe that women are exactly equal in all things. Women are exactly equal in most things, and they are better at some things, and there are wonderful and amazing things that they can do that I will never understand or experience. I celebrate those differences, and I hold fast to my own. I believe that every person, regardless of birth gender, gender identity, desire, ambition, or anything else that might be used to label them, has the right to live the life that they want to live and to ignore, refute, or resist any attempts to cause them to do otherwise.
I am a feminist because I self-identify as one, because I do not sit idly back and allow the gender politics of the Internet or discussions that occur in meatspace while I am nearby to skew towards discriminatory policies towards women – or anyone for that matter, because I may be Dominant towards submissive women in my life, but I seek to break the dominance that society has put in place for men, and for caucasian men specifically. I am quite aware of my position of privilege and I did nothing to deserve it other than being born who and where I was. I believe that the rights and privileges that I have should be made available to everyone. I let respect guide me.
More than anything, that is the essence of this ideal for me – I let respect guide me, I maintain mindfulness and an awareness of my own space and position, I do not seek to dominate those that do not wish it of me. I endeavor to always do no harm, protect those that need protection, and advance the cause of those who are not privy to the position of authority that I have for being born a white male in America. Honor, respect, and integrity are important to me.
This was not quite a rant, but it represents something I feel strongly about.
I am Rant.