50 Shades has done a lot over the past months and years to change current perceptions about sexual freedom for woman. Alternatively, it released a whole bunch of latent, pent up emotion and longing that lay dormant in women, waiting for a catalyst to spark the flame…
Well the flame’s been sparked in a very big way, for a lot of women around the world.
If you’re active in kink communities, one of the ways you’ll notice this is through the incredible influx of newbies onto the scene… and the outpouring of community based posts around the delusions of grandeur possessed by most people who’ve read 50 Shades and consequently entered the scene.
So, aside from the hundred thousand conflicting messages, concepts and ideas you’ll find in a community, you may also find that you’re not exactly getting the warm welcome you expected.
So what should you keep in mind if you want to enter the community and find your dream mate?
1. There is right or “Twue” way
On entering the community you’ll see many posts, perhaps with a holier than thou attitude, deriding mistakes newbies make. If you’re part of any online community you’ll see this, and as long we have the Interwebs – or even two people just able talk to each other – we’re going to have someone thinking they’re better than somebody else.
Your Kink Is Not My Kink… powerful words.
A powerful philosophy for life actually… even when we like the same thing, we’re going to appreciate different aspects of it more than others and appreciate it in different ways. It’s what makes us human and unique. Likewise, unpacking kink and what works for you sexually is a very personal journey, perhaps the most personal of all the journeys.
If you get too wrapped up in what other people say and think you’re going to land up doing something that doesn’t necessarily work for you, leaves you tense, when you need to relax in order to benefit from this experience.
Some people see it as a lifestyle, others see it as a purely sexual thing, some see it as an easy way to get laid and have one night stands… it doesn’t matter really what your reasons are, because of Rule 34. There’s someone out there who matches your kink; there’s a market for everything.
One caveat – on the one-night standers… unfortunately the number of these people increases with the numbers of newbies, because they’ve read 50 Shades too. You’d be wise to have your guard up as a newbie on the scene.
2. Men can be submissive too
Men can be submissive, women can be dominant and some people are both – switches, meaning they change according to their needs. Likewise, BDSM happens for all orientations and even all ages and colours and shapes and sizes. There are whole segments of the community dedicated to big women for example and foot fetishes.
3. Not all communities are created equal
Some are more social, some more content and information based and others are just plain meat markets filled with wannabes, scammers and fakers.
Take all the necessary precautions… protect your identity, don’t give you name out, don’t give money to anyone, take your time to get to know the person and meet them in a public place. Have an escape route, don’t play the first time…. The list goes on and on and on.
Take your time to get to know some of the people in the community, local and web-based if possible, and gather information and resources. When you’re playing a game as dangerous as this, you cannot take too many precautions.
4. Not all Dominants are created equal
And in the wake of the 50 Shades phenomenon, you find a lot of chancers, fakers and youngsters hoping for an easy lay. There are luckily a few easy ways to identify most of the absolute fakes:
Profile pictures of his penis
Only female friends
No profile write up
Propositions sex too early on in the conversation
Insists you call him by a title such as Sir in the first few minutes
Unfortunately, there are also some of the scammers that have grown older, wiser & shrewder over time, and these are unfortunately not always so easy to spot.
Take your time, get to know the people around you and keep your wits about you. It’s easy to get carried away and land up in a situation where you get beaten, abused, raped or worse.
5. Some people are just kinksters
Not all the labels apply to you in BDSM and it’s okay to just be a fetishist, a kinkster or even just explore.
Take your time figuring out what works for you, read other people’s profile write ups, view their pictures, videos and see what appeals to you. And take your time please, this isn’t a race with an end goal, it’s an exploration. The joy and pleasure of this also lies in the journey.
6. Some people are completely unsure
There could be a variety of reasons for being unsure, ranging from a conflict in sexual orientation or gender to low self-esteem, and something as harmless as finding the content stimulating and having that be enough.
Whatever your reason, you’re allowed to take your time to figure out who you are and what you want. You don’t have to make a decision today.
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