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The Master’s Voice #17: The wider BDSM World

It’s time to look at BDSM in the context of the big wide world out there. This post is a two-parter and I asked my alpha slave to give us his thoughts for this first part and next time I will explore some of the other options out there for all you seekers of knowledge, skills and fun.

So far every post in this series has focused either on abstract concepts (the meaning of submission/slavery, what to look for in a dominant) or else accounts of my life as a slave with Master Tim. Today I want to widen the scope a bit by talking about the wider BDSM world, both offline and on the internet.

It’s entirely possible that you’ve begun to explore the world of submission without ever encountering some of the standard online meeting places. For the most part, they’re just dating profile sites geared specifically towards people looking for some kind of dominant-submissive relationship. Recon, probably the best-known site for this kind of thing, lets you set whether you’re more dominant or submissive (‘active’ or ‘passive’ in the site’s lingo) in your profile settings, something you’re unlikely to see on OKCupid.

Needless to say, the images people put on their profiles tend to be a bit different to what you see on ‘normal’ dating sites. Expect depictions of the full range of BDSM fetishes, some of them quite explicit, as well as a lot of partial nudity. This is very much a NSFW site we’re dealing with here!

Having said all that, I’d like to dispel the notion that the online BDSM world is wall-to-wall porn and, for lack of a better term, ‘perversion’. There’s a tendency for the media to treat kink-related gathering places as vortexes of weirdness into which innocent people might become accidentally drawn, never to return to the safe world of straight vanilla sex. In reality, a lot of interactions on Recon boil down to requests for meet-ups or fantasy-fueling discussion of specific fetishes. I’ve never actually been on a traditional dating site, but I imagine they’re not too different to Recon.

If Recon is the (gay) BDSM equivalent of a dating site, then SMGays is probably analogous to a club where most of the clientele are there to hook up with someone for the night. SMGays is a London based organisation which seeks to educate people about the world of BDSM. The organizers run themed ‘Discovery Nights’  focussing on different aspects of BDSM and cater primarily to people with little or no previous experience in a particular fetish or subculture. As a newbie-friendly environment, they tend to be very welcoming. You can show up to take part in a demonstration or just stand on the sidelines and watch, which I would probably advise doing if it’s your first time.

Having been to SMGays a few times now, I’d say the media’s depiction of a real-life BDSM gathering is actually too tame, probably because you can’t show explicit sex acts on TV. Here, in no particular order, is a list of things I saw or experienced during my first trip to a gay BDSM club:

  • People dressed in everything from full leather gear to almost nothing at all.
  • A sex sling (which was in use at the time).
  • A St. Andrew’s Cross (also in use – Google it at home if you don’t know what that is).
  • A guy in a vacuum bed (again, Google it at home if you don’t know what that is).
  • Doms leading collared submissives around with leashes, one of whom decided to feel me up from behind even though I was clearly there with Master Tim. I politely rebuffed him!
  • Spanking (heard rather than seen, but the sound is fairly hard to mistake).

And so on. If anything, many fiction writers actually don’t go far enough when they decide to depict BDSM gatherings with no real-life experience. If you can imagine it happening between consenting adults, chances are it’s going on somewhere in a city near you!

There is one thing I want to stress, though, which is that the people you’ll meet at an event like SMGays are, for the most part, perfectly ordinary. There isn’t a separate class of weird people who engage in kinky behavior 24/7; rather, there are normal people who just happen to be interested in unusual things. BDSM is a huge leveller of class and almost every other type of differential you might think of. For all you know, the bland office worker behind you in the line in Starbucks might have been enjoying all kinds of fetish activities the night before!

The Master’ Voice #11: A Day in the Life of a Slave.

Today’s post is told mostly by my alpha slave whom some of you have met. A few months ago we marked ten years together which is something I am so proud of him for. That is not just for ten years of serving my exclusively, but for the amazing young man he has become and continues to grow as. Over to him:

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, the kind of resource I wish I’d had back when I first started looking into the world of submission. I’m going to attempt to describe a day in the life of a slave – specifically, a day in my life with Master Tim.

I’ve cautioned readers before that a lot of what I write here is based on my own personal experience and shouldn’t be taken as universal truth. I’m sure there’ll be people reading this who don’t recognize themselves in what I’ve written here, or whose concept of submission is radically different to mine. If that’s the case, please do leave your thoughts in the comments section. It would be great to hear from people with different experiences!

With the disclaimer out of the way, let’s get started! What follows is a brief overview of what an average day as Master Tim’s slave is like for me.

First of all, I should point out that I don’t live with Master Tim, but in the space of a year we do spend a lot of time together. When I’m not with him we communicate with each other daily (actually several times daily!), but this is going to be an account of a day when I am staying with him.

On a normal day, he’ll usually come and wake me up sometime around eight or nine o’ clock. The first order of business for me is to make coffee or tea for both of us and then prepare breakfast. This is something I’d do for myself anyway, but I enjoy doing it for him. When breakfast is over I usually tidy up the kitchen and empty the dishwasher so that he doesn’t have to worry about it.

If that all sounds tediously vanilla, let me introduce something a bit more ‘BDSM-ish’. When I’m at home with Master Tim I wear a leather collar most of the time. (And when I say ‘most of the time’, it includes when I’m doing such exciting things as having dinner or watching TV. If this seems strange to you, you’re probably looking for a different submission experience to me!) However, it tends to irritate the skin around my neck, so I ask him to put it on me after I’ve had a shower.

This is one of those things where real life and fantasy don’t necessarily coincide. Ideally I’d like to wear it all the time, but occasionally that’s not practical. Of course, it would cause some problems if I was to wear it around outside, so I don’t do that. I bring this up only to highlight the fact that the mundane facts of life do sometimes intrude on our idealized versions of reality. In this regard, being a submissive is no different being any other kind of person. Sometimes you have to make compromises! To mark our recent anniversary Master Tim locked a stylish black necklace on me. Only he has the code and I have happily worn it ever since, as a constant reminder of him.

After breakfast, I’ll usually accompany Master Tim on whatever else he’s doing throughout the day. I’ve always tried to be a useful companion to him, which for me means enhancing his everyday life rather than expecting him to cater exclusively to me when I’m with him. I look for ways to assist him with things, even if it’s something as simple as tying his shoelaces, or carrying the shopping from Tesco.

When we’re out and about together I like to maintain my role in subtle but important ways. For example, where practical I always walk on his left hand side just a short pace behind him. I also open doors for him and carry any bags or shopping that we take with us or gather while we’re out.

Again, this might all sound painfully boring to you, but to me it gets right to the heart of being the particular kind of submissive known as a ‘slave’. I can think of no greater expression of submission than striving to be someone who enhances my Master’s life whenever I can.

That includes anything related to sex, which I haven’t mentioned yet. I believe that I should make any kind of sexual activity as pleasureable as possible for Master Tim – which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it as well. I do, a lot! But I think that a part of choosing to submit as a slave is to always have your Master’s pleasure in mind – regardless of the circumstances.

By now you hopefully see why I’ve been harping on about keeping compatibility in mind when you’re seeking out a Dominant/submissive relationship. If you’re looking to be a full-time slave, there’ll be a lot of times when you’re not doing typically ‘BDSM’ things. You’re unlikely to find what you’re looking for if you don’t meet someone who you enjoy being around. Thankfully, I’ve been very lucky in that regard!

-Alpha Slave

The Master’s Voice #9: BDSM and Sexuality.

Yesterday’s post on here was presented in the form of an interview with one of my long-standing heterosexual subs. That, as expected, generated a great deal of feedback which was mostly very positive. The hottest thread of the conversation was no great surprise, as it’s a conversation I’ve been fielding for many years. It took the form of comments or questions such as “He’s not really straight though is he?” or “He’s gay/bi but just doesn’t know it yet,” or even “He’s just too scared to admit that he is gay.” and worst of all, “when he is tied up you should just fuck him. That will sort him out.” Are you serious?

I now want to dispel a few myths and clarify this whole gay vs. straight question in BDSM. I know that there are some who will never agree with my statements here but they are based on forty years of experience, discussion and observation.

Of course I understand the excitement of the whole idea of a gay man having sex with a straight guy. It is the stuff of fantasy and porn and I’m sure the same exists for the ladies too. The first myth to be dispelled it the notion that BDSM and sex are interdependent. Of course they can be and they often are, but they certainly do not have to be. They are two very different things and I believe that in essence they are not related. The need to submit. The desire to give oneself to another is far more basic than the desire for sex. If a heterosexual man has a powerful desire to experience submission, debasement, humiliation or emasculation, then surely there is no more extreme form than submitting to a gay Dom.

Of course sex can play a part in that loss of control. For some the fear of sexual use adds something to the feeling of submission. Some straight guys will even allow sex as part of the BDSM package either because they see it as the Dom’s right, or that they deserve it to happen in some way. Of course, it must be understood that even in these latter situations, the sex is still consensual and must never be otherwise.

I have learned to always keep two important ideas in my mind . I think in ‘grey scales’ where every individual sits on a line somewhere between black and white but rarely at either extreme. In the contexts we are considering here, the two lines are:

A) The Dom/sub scale where one end is 100% Dom and the other is 100% sub,

B) The gay/straight scale where one end is 100% gay and the other is 100% straight. Maybe true bisexuality lies midway between these two but it could be seen as a whole new greyscale of it’s own.

I believe that each individual sits in their own unique position on each of the scales and no two people will be the same. This for me is both the challenge and the excitement in the whole process. Every person I encounter has their own unique story. Everyone has their own set of needs, desires, experiences and limits. Perhaps this is best explained if I introduce you to some of the non-gay subs that I am proud to know or have known over the years. I am disguising their names but they will recognise themselves and some will recognise each other where they have met with me.

1) Pete: (see picture) Young, successful, wealthy, fit, entrepreneur. Pete liked to be used in rough roleplay scenes where he was ‘forcibly’ stripped and dominated up to and including ‘forced’ sex and mock ‘rape’ scenes. Pete identified as straight and he would arrive with his own video camera to record the session for replay to his girlfriend in their own kinky sex sessions!

2) Bob: Happily married very masculine guy who identifies as straight/bi. Visits once a month for utterly submissive sessions including humiliation and full D/s sex. After almost 20 years of this we have few limits.

3) James: Happily partnered straight guy who likes to submit and worship his Dom. At first this was completely non-sexual but over several years more and more sex was introduced at his request and it is now a regular part of each session. Ever since the first session, James has a tendency to ‘vanish’ after each visit for varying periods of time. This possibly allows for feelings of guilt to be resolved before he gives in to the need and calls again.

4) Harry: Bi guy who lives with his long term female partner and child. Harry is a successful business man in a position of great power and responsibility. Harry likes to escape periodically in order to experience intense bondage, and moderate pain. Sex is seen as the right of the Dom to take as part of the domination.

5) Al: Married guy who identifies as bi but believes that if he’d had access to the internet earlier in his life then he may not have married but chosen a different path. Al is a kinky sub but has a strong sense of duty and is genuinely devoted to his wife and child so would change nothing now.

6) Terry: First appeared as a 19yr old straight lad seeking use as a leather and bondage sub only. After about two years he started to ask for sex to be included in the sessions but during this time he met the girl of his dreams so he retired from the BDSM life to get married and have children. Fast forward several years and Terry was exploring kinky sex with his willing wife. He now identified as bi and not only came out to his wife but told her about his one time Master who he wanted to see again. Not only did he return as a very fit and sexy 32yr old but it was with his wife’s full knowledge. I even chatted with Terry’s wife on the phone and on one occasion I sent phone pics to her during a live BDSM session with him.

7) Ropesub: You have already met him when I interviewed him for Master’s Voice #8. This bondage sub identifies as completely straight but he is partly turned on by the fear of gay sex. He depends on the certainty that I will never break his trust.

This list is not complete but I hope that it paints a useful picture. There are no rules other that consent and labels rarely fit. We must abandon outdated and irrelevant roles and instead treat each person as a unique and special individual.

It is worth mentioning here that of the seven guys listed above, five of them had first sought out female Dominatrixes. In each case they mentioned the same reason for turning to gay male doms. They all found themselves serving Dommes who they saw as physically weaker than they were and so some part of the much needed control was missing. It was only when they gave themselves to male Doms that they felt physically dominated. I do not believe that to be a universal state at all but it was what worked for them.

In conclusion I can only urge that we forget traditional labels and start seeing ‘people’. Then the opportunities for mutual fun and satisfaction are endless.

The Master’s Voice #8: Tie Me. Tease Me.

The main body of today’s post will take the form of an interview with a sexy guy who has served me as a bondage sub for many years now. This allows me to introduce two new topics to the series and I will be expanding on both of them in the future. First is the fun to be had with bondage and bondage subs. The second is the hot topic of straight (heterosexual) subs giving themselves to gay Doms. The lead character in today’s blog post is an enthusiastic bondage sub who is a fully paid-up straight male with no interest at all in m/m sex.

Rope Sub (RS) has visited regularly for several years and is a highly intelligent and articulate guy who lives with his long term girlfriend who knows of his kinky desires but who has no interest in them at all. As far as I am aware she has no idea what he does with me and so discretion was one of the most important factors in our meetings from the start. For that reason I never contact him directly, nor do I know his name or address. This adds to the whole scenario for him and our confidence in each other after so many years, renders such details irrelevant. Rope Sub was happy to be interviewed for this blog and so I posed a few simple questions and here is the result.

Mr T: What makes you submit to a gay bondage Master?

R.S:  For as long as I can remember the idea of being tied up and helpless excited me, long before I knew that these urges were sexual. For many years I believed that I wanted bondage with women, and to a great extent that remains true, but only with myself as the dominant party. However, I found it unsatisfying to be tied by women, and once I started researching the issue online I discovered that all the male bondage imagery that really excited me was by gay bondage tops. My early experiences with male tops, who were all gay, were under the strict condition that there not be a sexual element to the play. This seems odd, as bondage play for me is inherently sexual. However, I remain straight (in that I am not attracted to men) and did not want the play to go too far. Gradually I relaxed my strict limits and was tied naked, and then one day a top began teasing my cock while I was tied. This was scary but felt good, and I realised bondage with men could contain a sexual element without it going too far. Of course, I then met you. Before you I had only met other tops once or twice before they moved, I moved, or they wanted to push my limits further than I was comfortable with. Regular sessions with you enabled me to build up trust and enjoy the sessions more. For me, submission is only possible through the exacting application of effective ropes and gags, which you are able to provide. And of course, you make teasing my cock into an art form, so I’m always begging for more! Consequently it has been a long and complicated road to get to the point where I willingly submit regularly to a gay master, but I’m so glad I have arrived now! The key point I guess is that I can only submit through strict bondage and merciless cock teasing, which you provide!

Mr. T: What’s going through your mind on the way to a session?

R.S: The journey to a session is always a strange period. It takes at least 45 mins to drive to you, and during all of that time I am excited at the thought of what the session may involve, what your plans for me are. On the other hand, the mundane details of driving to you also intrude. In my regular life the idea of allowing another man to strip, bind and gag me would be totally incongruous, so it is important I try to block the mundane details out so I can stay in ‘bondage mode’. For this reason, I often play with my cock in the car to keep myself hard, and never have the radio on. I am focussing, or trying to focus, on getting to you as fast as possible so you can put me in bondage. After that, my nerves and normal life will fall away and be replaced only by a love of the ropes, and of being bound in them by you. The 5% of me which needs to be kept roped up and gagged is a very important part of me, and you keep it well and truly satisfied. Really looking forward to making more sexy pics and videos with you too (anonymous of course), really go to town on me with the ropes, as always I shall be trying to escape.

Mr. T: Does it bother you that when others see those pics they question whether you are really ‘straight’?

R.S: Hehe I love that some people doubt that I am straight, I guess that is inevitable! In the early days I met some bondage tops who didn’t want to believe it either and tried to push my limits or even force me to have sex with them. Right from the start you have never questioned that or tried to change it. Knowing that you could take advantage of me is part of the thrill. Knowing that you won’t is what lets me completely submit to you. In fact sometimes I feel guilty after our sessions that I am being unfair not allowing you to use me fully!

Mr.T: You know I disagree with that! The fun goes both ways and I get as much out of tying up a struggling, good looking, straight sub as you do being on the receiving end.

What are your thoughts during a session?

R.S: During a session my nerves (Yes I still have nerves!) fall away and the overwhelming feeling is of being excited and aroused. Two things are uppermost in my mind. (1) Imagining how I look (the aesthetics of restraint are very important to me) and (2) the physical sensations I am experiencing. Obviously this includes the feel of the restraints, gag and hood/blindfold, but also the feel of your hands on me. The things that arouse me the most are rope bondage and gags, so real highlights of the session and feeling the rope being applied, and the times when you gag me, especially when I try and resist and you force the gag in. Despite being straight I have a big oral fixation and love having a gag rammed into my mouth and buckled tight, the bigger the better! As the session continues I am quickly reduced to total submission by your bondage, your teasing of my body and your words. I like that you are physically strong and can force me into the bondage, as this adds to the feeling that choice and free will have been taken from me. Also, being straight it adds to the feeling that I have been taken prisoner by a predatory gay man for his nefarious wishes, which is a very compelling scenario for me! By the end, when you have me rock hard and begging through my gag for release, you have broken my will completely and I am yours. My cock felt like it was going to explode last time.

(It’s hard to concentrate at work now when all I want is to be roped up on your bed….)

Mr.T: HeHe I seem to remember it pretty much did explode! How do you feel when you leave or later on at home?

R.S: Once you let me come my mind becomes very peaceful as I savour the pleasure I have just experienced and I remain very calm while you begin the (often lengthy!) process of untying me. Once I come my need for bondage evaporates but I still feel under your control until the gag is removed, which for me marks the real end to the session. Thereafter my everyday life comes crowding back into my mind and I seek to head off as quickly as possible. This is not because I do not want to be with you but because the other 95% of my mind, seemingly aghast at what the 5% has just done, demands I get back to normality very quickly. However, I am always keen to see the pictures/video of the session, which allow me to relive the session in my mind until we can meet again. I like being one of your boys, even if not as committed as some!

Mr.T: Just as well since I like having you as one of my boys and as I have said before I do not see your limits as a handicap.

R.S: Hehe I meant more that I only make fleeting visits unlike some of your other boys. I wonder if I will ever meet them!

Mr.T: Would you like to?

R.S: I’m not sure really. As I say the one time I was tied up with another guy it was a bit strange, plus I might want your attention all to myself!

Mr.T Greedy boy! Lol

R.S: When it feels so good I feel justified in my greed!

I should say that RS is a very good looking young guy with the most incredible baby blue eyes which I imagine could get him into all kinds of trouble! His love of the ropes and the aesthetics of the tying gives me the opportunity to practice my rope skills particularly the art of Shibari. As you see by his comments, he worries that I will be left unfulfilled but that really is not the case. If anything I enjoy working on him knowing that the ropework is so satisfying for it’s own sake but also that my efforts can get a straight guy so turned on that I can have him begging for sexual release. BDSM can be, and often is enough on its own and sexual release is not essential. It is all about the consensual power exchange.

The Master’s Voice 07: The First Meeting.

We’ve looked at why you should negotiate with any prospective Dom about your limits, and why it’s important to lay a lot of groundwork before you decide to meet with someone. I wish I could say that everything after that point is nice and straightforward, but of course, it isn’t. (You may be starting to detect a theme here.)

You’ve no doubt read a lot of the standard advice when it comes to meeting someone from the internet for the first time, but I’ll repeat it here anyway just in case. These guidelines are designed to keep you safe, so think long and hard before you choose to ignore any of them!

1) Meet in Public. This one is a no-brainer. Be very cautious if someone insists on meeting you in their home or in a secluded spot – there is no conceivable reason why someone should demand that you meet them for the first time in a park at night, just to use one obvious (if unlikely) scenario. If someone wants to meet in a strange place, ask yourself why that might be.

2) Be specific about why you’re meetingGenerally speaking, your first interaction with a Dom will involve more talking than playing. As with the previous point, remember that they should be trying to protect themselves as well by making sure you’re the kind of person they want in their home (or wherever else it is you’ll eventually end up). An over-eagerness to get you into a private place so they can tie you up as quickly as possible might be a sign that they’re not going to respect your wishes once they have you in a vulnerable position.

3) Have a way out. Ideally, you’ll want to tell someone where you’re going when you meet for the first time and make sure that they’re expecting to hear from you at a specific time. If that’s not possible, then at the very least make sure that you can contact someone if need be during your first meeting. This goes hand-in-hand with meeting in public.

Apart from just safety, though, there are some other things to keep in mind when arranging an initial meeting. I’ve been harping on about the fact that when you meet a Dom or a Master, you’re also meeting a person, and it applies here as well. If you meet in a coffee shop (which is an excellent place to do it, by the way), what will you talk about? Do you have any questions you’d like to ask? Have you thought about what questions they might ask you?

If you’re only planning on meeting for occasional rounds of BDSM play, then all of this might seem like something you don’t have to worry about – after all, it’s not as if you’re on a first date. But if the person you’re meeting has any aspirations towards being your permanent Master – if you consider yourself a slave, in other words – then this first meeting will be almost exactly like a first date.

By this point you’ll have be finished with the negotiations and limits-setting stages (I hope), but remember, it’s not too late for either party to realize particular meeting isn’t entirely what they’re looking for. This could be something as general as a personality mismatch, which definitely does matter in the BDSM world, or something as specific as a previously-unmentioned fetish which is a must-have for one person but a complete dealbreaker for the other. As always, the important thing to keep in mind is that you can leave at any time if you feel uncomfortable. It’s not as if you’ve committed to anything. (And actually, even if you have committed to something, you can still leave.)

But I don’t want to dwell on the negative too much. Your first meeting with a Dom or Master should be a wonderful experience even if you do nothing but get to know each other face-to-face after previously chatting online. Whether it’s the beginning of something more long-term or just a once off meeting, for many subs or slaves it will be the culmination of years of fantasizing and dreaming. Stay safe, lay the groundwork and try to ignore the butterflies in your stomach!

The Master’s Voice 05 – Limits and Negotiations

Before we get into a discussion of limits, I want to make it clear that I am in no way attempting to spoil your fun here. In fact, the opposite is true and I hope to arm you with the tools to ensure you the best possible experiences.

At some point during your travels through the online BDSM world, you will no doubt have come across the term ‘limits’. People have limits, you will have been told. Doms and Masters must respect your limits, which means that you must make them aware of what they are. Limits are important!

You should be able to enter a BDSM relationship or interaction knowing that the experience will be a wholly consensual one. Any Dom who ventures into the realms of non-consensual behaviour is an abuser or even a rapist and should be treated as such.

‘Limits’ are pretty much what they sound like: things you’re unwilling to do. This might be because they don’t interest you, because you don’t want to do them with that particular person, or because they’re an extreme turn-off for you. Regardless of the reasons (and you shouldn’t ever need to justify them), your limits represent a firm no-go area for your Dom or Master. They shouldn’t ever cross them, regardless of the circumstances. Any good Dom will agree with this.

Of course, in order for someone to respect your limits, they first have to be aware of what they are. This is where negotiation comes into the picture.

On one hand, I’m almost hesitant to use the term ‘negotiation’ in relation to limits, because that makes it sound like they’re something you can or should be talked out of. You shouldn’t, obviously. At the same time, though, everything up to  your limits might be subject to negotiation, and it’s at this stage when you’re likely to discover how much your tastes and preferences align with those of a particular Dominant.

For example, let’s say you’re into bondage. That encompasses an extremely wide array of activities, and it’s unlikely that you enjoy all of them equally. Perhaps you’d prefer if a session involved more or less of a particular variety of bondage. If so, the negotiation phase is when you should speak up about it, otherwise you may end up coming away disappointed with the experience.

At the same time, your Dominant might enjoy a completely different kind of bondage, and may feel that a session wouldn’t be complete without it. Do you agree to doing it in the interests of mutual satisfaction even though it’s not something you particularly enjoy? Or do you insist on limiting all activities to things you’re both going to like equally, even if that means foregoing certain activities altogether? This is why it’s called ‘negotiation’ – there’s likely to be some level of compromise.

I should reiterate, however, that ‘compromise’ should never be about whether or not a Dom violates your limits! If the discussion starts to go in that direction you should immediately be on your guard, because it could indicate that the person you’re talking to isn’t respecting your limits as much as they should.

At this point you may be asking yourself if it’s possible that these negotiations might come to a standstill. That’s always a possibility, of course, and it goes back to what I’ve said in previous posts. A BDSM relationship is exactly that – a relationship. If you’re not compatible with someone, then you shouldn’t expect that a relationship with them – however limited or short-lived it is – will be successful. And that’s okay! It’s better to find out that you and a dominant are fundamentally incompatible at the negotiation stage than in the middle of a session.

I think it’s also worth talking about two very common fantasies: the submissive with no limits and the dominant who is so skilled or authoritative that they can encourage a submissive into pushing themselves beyond their limits.

If you’re someone who thinks that they ‘have no limits’, ask yourself this: how do you know? If a Dominant had you completely at his mercy, with the ability to do literally anything to you, would you feel safe? What if it turns out the Dominant is violent or dangerous? Would you still be having a good time? But wait, you might say, that’s not what you meant! When you said you had no limits, you meant that you’re into heavy bondage or ‘extreme’ fetishes. You don’t want to do anything dangerous.

Unfortunately, there are people out there who hear ‘I have no limits’ and take it as an invitation to let loose on you. They might end up seriously hurting you, either intentionally or by accident. This is why no responsible Dominant will take someone seriously when they say that they have no limits, particularly if that person is inexperienced. Everyone has limits. If you think you don’t, it just means you haven’t discovered what they are yet.

It is true, however, that some Dominants can help you explore the boundaries of your limits – and, in some cases, push past them. This is something that requires a great deal of trust, and should only be done if you want to do it. And of course, it goes without saying that a safe word is just as important in this situation than it is in any other context. Always make sure you have a safe word in place, and don’t even think of ‘pushing your limits’ with a Dom who you don’t trust to respect it!

Limits aren’t the same as limitations, and they aren’t something that you should ever feel required to ‘overcome’. If a Dominant immediately launches into a monologue about how he’s going to help you go beyond your limits before he’s even met you, it might be time to end things before they move past the negotiation stage.

The Master’s Voice 01 – Sub or Slave: Is There a Difference?

THE MASTER’S VOICE – Part One.

Of all the many questions I get asked on a regular basis, the most frequently presented one is some variation of  ‘Am I a Sub or a Slave?’ Or ‘What’s the difference between a Sub and a Slave?’ It’s a subject about which everyone has an opinion, and the debate has been around for as long as there have been people to discuss it.

For most people, the terms are interchangeable and the boundaries are woolly. For some the definitions are more rigid, or at least very personal and individual. I would maintain that there are no wholly right or wrong answers, but that does not mean that we don’t need some clarity of thought or some acceptable descriptors. These at least give us a baseline from which to form opinions and arrive at acceptable definitions which work for each individual person or couple.

Submission is not a weakness

For me, the basic definitions start with the words themselves. Slave is a noun and so a slave is what you are. Submissive is an adjective and so it describes what you do.

In BDSM relationships, submissives make their own decisions and choices, holding on to their own rights and freedoms. Submissives also set their own limits. A sub may choose to be ‘owned’ but the terms of the ownership will be jointly negotiated and it will only last as long as they choose to allow it. Submissives characteristically seek out casual contacts or relationships, moving in and out of their role freely as they go about their lives.

A true slave is a very different person completely. While a submissive may choose how, when and to whom they submit, a true slave will submit completely at all times to their chosen owner, with little or no negotiation. Slaves usually seek ownership, preferring to give themselves wholly to another dominant person. The slave has no rights or freedoms and certainly no choices. Of course in reality this only works where great wisdom, common sense and profound trust exist.

I can hear a whole chorus of ‘buts’ as I write this and I respect them all. Every slave or sub is different and every situation is unique and individual. At the end of the day, our roles are defined by our relationships and seldom the other way around. The sub/Dom roles derive from the type of relationships we enter into, after safety and personal limits are agreed.

We must accept that any definition is merely another form of labelling imposed by the wider society. Labels are a way of compartmentalising things which we might otherwise struggle to understand. Once you are labelled, you are ‘understood’, but of course real life is seldom so easily pigeon-holed. Every couple needs to arrive at their own working definition for what they have.

It should be clearly understood that the definition is a work in progress and will change over time. Every aspect of a relationship needs to be placed on a grey-scale where the two extremes are ‘black’ and ‘white’ but all our life choices rest somewhere along the line between the two. Anyone who thinks that there are only ‘fifty shades of grey’ (pun intended) is in for a big surprise!

A submissive may choose to submit sexually, but outside the bedroom (or dungeon) they will may still behave as equals with their Master or Mistress. The sub may choose to be a domestic servant but still maintain equality in their relationship. The mutually agreed level of control may be quite extensive and in effect be the same as slavery but of course the sub retains the ability to walk away or simply to say ‘no’ at any time.

A real slave, in contrast, wishes every aspect of their life to be controlled by the Master or Mistress. The slave will often describe themselves as “incomplete” without ownership and they will seek out a powerful dominant to control them. Of course in reality they will seek out their owner and so will be making choices regarding who that person is. At the end of the day they can still choose to end the relationship at any time.

Another point to consider is that not all slaves are submissives!

There is no doubt that I shall be returning to this topic in the future. One area that I would like to look at is the link between BDSM and sexuality. As a gay man I have met a great many heterosexual men who submit to other men. This does not in my opinion, make them gay!

Consider the various definitions, but do not be limited by them. Find what works for you and go with it. BE a slave, or DO submission, but have fun!

In the next part I will be asking my much loved Alpha slave of the last ten years to share with us the ‘sub’ side of this story.

Master Tim is a practicing Dominant with over 40 years of experience and is an alter ego of published m/m author T.J. Masters