Okay…So, I had already published an earlier post for today and I was feeling pretty good about myself (the good blogger) and I was looking forward to getting outside into the sunshine for a nice long walk when I decided to check one more time to see if the good people at Egotastic All Stars had published any new photos of a topless model. They had. And she was all tied up.
Well, the text published with the photos talked about BDSM. I really don’t know that much about BDSM. No, I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey or see the movie.
So, in order to fill out this blog post I decided to turn once again to the good people of Wikipedia. You should see how much text Wikipedia has on the search term BDSM.
Here’s a little taste.
BDSM is a variety of erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience. Interest in BDSM can range from one-time experimentation to a lifestyle.
The term BDSM is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers, body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers, rubber fetishists, and others.
Unlike the usual “power neutral” relationships and play styles commonly followed by couples, activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants’ taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The participant who exerts sexual dominance over their partner is known as the dominant or top, while the participant who take the passive, receiving, or obedient role is known as the submissive or bottom.
Individuals are also sometimes abbreviated when referred to in writing, so a dominant person may be referred to as a “dom” for a man or a woman. Sometimes a woman may choose to use the female specific term “Domme”. Both terms are pronounced the same when spoken. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches. The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Now for that nice long walk…