In the vanilla world there is this developing mythology.. and the concerning thing is that I’m seeing it spilling over into the BDSM world too now, and that is that submissives and other s-types “need to be broken.”
People are not horses, and even those that feel that they are horses probably feel that horses – for whom the term was coined – don’t really need to be ‘broken’.
It’s a pervasive myth though, and I think I know why…
It encourages violence against women and other disenfranchised and dis-empowered peoples.
Oh, shit, I can feel the Domme-rage from here…
Maybe that’s also why it’s such a pervasive myth.
Let’s just be factual here – on a pure numbers basis, there are more female and LGBT people who identify as submissive than as Dominant. That’s not saying that there aren’t women Dommes or LGBT Dominants, just that they tend to be under-represented when held against the background of cisgendered males in that role.
But just as bad, maybe worse even, is the whole mythology taking the place of that from the quasi-feminist perspective – that “my submission is a gift that should be cherished.”
Bullshit – and anyone who would submit or accept submission under such terms doesn’t really understand what the fuck is going on.
One of the oldest sex clubs in San Francisco is called The Power Exchange, and that terminology is used for a reason.
D/s is not about power transfer, it’s about power exchange.
But hell, even I forget that sometimes.
I don’t know anyone named Samantha – and I’m not trying to break anyone. submission is something that is given, but it is also something that is taken… it is a shared power that when added together sums to more than the parts.
The spiritual side of D/s gets lost in the haze too often. The sex appeal is turning it into a game and the ritual is getting lost.
But the spiritual side – that’s where the really terrifying stuff lives.
And the really, awe-inspiringly awesome things are there too.
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve personally been able to confront it.
Don’t lose time to the bullshit posturing and misogynistic terminology. You don’t have to break anyone – it’s a bad word, find something else. Bond is a good one that comes to mind.
And from the other side – realize that sometimes a voice in support, even if it’s coming from someone who doesn’t look like you – might actually be a voice of support.
This was a rant.
Changing the lexicon – one jaw at a time…