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By Anabelle Bernard Fournier. After I broke up with my partner, I was happy to dive back in the dating pool. So many men! So little time! So much kink to be explored! I ed the local kink communityand I opened up my heart — and my bed — to new partners. However, for submissive women and men looking for a Dominant, things can go really wrong, really fast. We've all heard at least one horror story of someone who was abused or injured by a careless or not-caring-at-all "Dominant.
To stay on that safe side, here are 5 red flags to watch out for as you cruise dating sites, apps and kink communities — online or off. If you get a message from someone who claims to be a "real Dom" who is looking for a "real sub" you should have a hard look at what they're really saying. The idea of "realness" in BDSM is a very dangerous concept.
It puts unrealistic expectations on behavior and doesn't allow for personality, triggers and personal preferences. It's as if this so-called Dominant is trying to put BDSM in a box that fits everyone — or at least every person with which he or she interacts.
Newbies sometimes also use this language to try to appear more experienced than they really are. How to handle this red flag: Ask what "real" means to them and how they work with a submissive's personal limits and preferences. If your potential Dom or Domme avoids answering the question or says something like, "A real submissive will do anything I want them to," run, don't walk, in the other direction.
Also known as "the pusher," this type of Dom is probably just looking to see if you can be easily pressured into doing something. They'll insist on meeting you right away even if you say you need time to chat and get to know them first.
They may say, "Sure, take all the time you need," but continue to pressure you in subtle ways — with show tickets, exclusive events, or even by telling you they're leaving for a while and want to meet you before they go. This type of Dom makes you wonder if this person is really interested in you or just in getting laid as quickly as possible.
Those who insist on meeting you privately at their place or in a hotel room are especially dangerous. How to handle this red flag: Make him wait until you're ready. If he stops talking to you, you'll know. If he keeps in touch and accepts your decision? Well, that might be a person worth meeting. Benefits of Kinky Sex. This one can be legitimate at times. Some people are afraid to be outed, and others just don't like the public scene. However, it can also be a that they have been or would be kicked out of the community for a variety of abusive behaviors.
Yet, it means the person has been in it once and decided to not partake.
If they "don't like the community" just because they know they wouldn't be welcome there, that's a real issue — and a big red flag. Basically, the BDSM community is a place to learn things and improve both technical and emotional skills. If a person refuses all contact with that community, you may have to ask yourself what they really know and where they learned it. How to handle this red flag: If you're faced with this excuse, ask the Dom for a public meeting.
Maybe not necessarily at a 'munch,' but at least in a public setting. If they refuse, cut all contact. Those who insist on meeting in private are usually dangerous. Sure, that might be hot in a role playing setting, but if you truly want to have a relationship with a safe Dominant, having someone ask to be called "Master" before you have developed any kind of trust is a definite red flag.
These people are usually driven by the idea of ownership, rather than by its reality. They are aware that newbie subs are likely to fall for someone who exerts authority right away. But beware: People like this are often driven by porn-fueled fantasy rather than reality. How to handle this red flag: Before you start calling them whatever they want to be called, ask them what their expectations are for the relationship.
If their expectations seem a bit too extreme, it's because they are extreme. If they clarify and they seem reasonable, then you may have grounds for further discussion. Use your instincts here. Clearly, it can be negotiated for scenes as well.
True mentors are awesome. They help you navigate a community that's often new to you, and they are a useful resource for learning the etiquette and language of BDSM. That said, some people offer mentorship as a guise for taking advantage of you. These people are especially dangerous. They approach you as mentors, gain your trust and influence you in ways that may not be especially healthy.
They will criticize everyone who approaches you, wanting to make sure that they are the only one you can count on. You come to depend on them, and then they can take full advantage of you. How to handle this red flag: To make sure that your potential mentor has good intentions, you should lay out two simple rules: no play and no sex. If they refuse, you know where they stand. If they sub looking for a dom — and they keep their word — you will likely develop a very strong bond based on trust and respect. When delving into the world of kinky relationshipsit's easy to get caught up in desire and fantasy.
Yet, there are real things at stake here. Namely, your life. Keep your head cool when assessing potential relationships, especially with Doms who display one of the behaviors above. This article was originally published at Kinkly. Reprinted with permission from the author.
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