A good moral is a sexually repressive moral, isn't it? - A Christmas Trip to India

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A spontaneous blog on Christmas eve …

Qustion: “Why aren't there as many Indian porn stars”

Answer: “Because Indians have good morals and to do or be a part of the porn industry is considered "bad form". And it's considered a "dirty" thing to do.”

While reading a Q&A on Yahoo, I stumbled over the above question why there are so few Indian porn stars. Well, if you have ever seen Indian porn – undoubtedly from Bollywood – you know the answer; it sucks big time.

But that is not the main reason, why I started to write this blog. It was the answer that did trigger a certain reaction in me and caused me to protest.

Indians have ‘good’ morals
Rape in India is one of India's most common crimes against women. Marital rape is not a criminal offense. Sexual violence within marriage is common, with 20% of men admitting to forcing their wives … to have sex. A rape occurs every twenty to twenty-two minutes (source: WikiPedia).

Beg your pardon, but good old Hinduism morals do not seem to suit modernity any better as the sex-negative message of Christianity.

Porn is a ‘dirty’ thing to do
I object. There is in principal nothing wrong with sexuality as such, nor with porn, as long as it is seen in the proper perspective. Pornography is made for masturbation. Starting from this view, it becomes obvious to the smart observer that fantasy play is good to fuel our thoughts, but does not necessarily have to provide a guide or standard for normal sexual acts or relationships. Porn is not real in this sense: it is fake, played, staged and does not match the human needs that arise from a normal sexual relationship, like feelings of tenderness, romance, love and care. Instead, porn – or the most of it – display the same male chauvinist sexist convictions as we can and do find in its target groups. This lead to the funny thing, that porn - for its success - in a way is dependent on restrictive views on sexuality, like the ones we find in most delusive religions. (That’s one from Santa!)

Luckily, any sexually normal functioning persons knows this, just as they realize that the thing they love – viz. sex - is not bad, dirty, sick, pervert or sinful at all, but fun, once you bring in some reality. It is scary to trust and love other people, open up to them and take care to respect their needs and wished; but for your own sake, you better try it. Once love, care and respect are the base of our sex life, many of the hot and appealing things we find in porn are not that far away at all.
Trust, nearness, honesty and some dedication will show us way to learn what works for us and what does not. It is your life; do not let old religions or antique social conventions rule your sexuality. As long as you do nothing against the law or the will of your partners, enjoy what has been an essential part of humanity ever since we procreated.

Have a (f...) good Christmas!

Sir Cameron and his submissive reindeers …

Uncertainty and shyness - essential bottom qualities, or rather ritual symbols?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

‘Uncertainty and shyness’ is part on the series on BDSM and Psychology

(Keywords: ritual play, Topping, bottoming, real and true BDSM)

bottoms up
In my experience, uncertainty, low self esteem and being shy are disturbingly often perceived as possible qualifiers to explain the behaviour of submissive, masochist and slave bottoms. Well, at least, bottoms are thought to be like that by the outside world, which – understandably - in general has problems to comprehend the mechanisms that drive our BDSM urges and takes for too literal and important that what is only part of our rituals of intimacy.

However, for the insiders it is clear that being kinky has nothing to do with the above stated qualifiers, even when indeed some bottoms can be displaying them in abundance. Likely not just a few Tops think that such behaviour does suit them fine too; which it – unsurprisingly - most of the times actually does. All provided that such behaviour is part of our play by our choosing.

Yet, like most Masters, Sir Cameron realizes that bottoms who suffer under who they are and what they do, can be problematic as a play partner, or in a sub or slave relationship; in a way one might even say that they represent impaired bottoms, who are not qualified for play. Whereas a healthy self respecting bottom with knowledge and understanding about their inner urges, fantasies and limits is way more preferable.

As such, ‘normal’ bottoms are able to support their Tops by responding with constructive feedback, care and gratefulness. This may not be the type of bottoms, subs or masochists that we perhaps meet in (pornographic) literature or in - porn movie inspired - public awareness. That clearly cannot be accurate, as such roles and images are meant to stimulate our fantasy and not as exemplary for a real life situation.

Does BDSM empower bottoms?
Instead of empty stereotyped perversions of what we supposedly do, we in our BDSM praxis are looking for real, sane and sensible people. Persons that show an amazing assertiveness, a positive self image and a very good idea of what amount of nastiness they prefer in life. These points denote for individual qualities that can be regarded as excellent conditions for playing with them as bottom, sub or slave – you name it -. And this is precisely so, because we all realize that – structurally seen – effective BDSM thrives on our co-dependency.

Moreover, issues like self esteem, assertiveness or modesty rather seems to be a general issue of ones personality than that it would be something that can, or should be, related to being kinky. Nonetheless, I will argue that this last position - of bottoms being knowledgeable, self-confident and communicative - is paradoxically enough quite often the result of being kinky, instead of the reason for being involved in BDSM.

Why is that?
The first reason perhaps, is that our kinky urges force us to go beyond our normal scope of experience and invites us to look inside of our selves to find out if we are okay. Okay with what we do and okay with who we are in our particular role(play) and okay with others possibly knowing about it. Being a kink in the real world is not the same as just being one in our imagination.

Outing as a kinky person, goes hand in hand with the awareness that BDSM by the majority of our fellow citizens is still perceived as something wrong, sinful or sick – at least not a genuinely normal thing. Therefore, standing to your own sexual identity and perversions in principle asks for a thorough consideration of our position with regard to our own sanity. By reflecting on who we are - what we need in order to feel complete and how it is safe and sound to be ourselves in this way - we learn and discover how life works for us. In the process of exploring our fantasy, urges and sexuality, we get to know ourselves better and get the information that we require in order to be able to meet our needs in joint forces with our peers.

‘Peers’ you ask? Yes, peers indeed. In BDSM inequality is – relatively often - a mere conditional part of the play. In order to let giving off power in an exchange process function properly, the bottom first needs to have this power. And they need it knowingly and at their command; as also the use of safewords – and the acknowledging of this power-cut-off by following up on its meaning – does show.

A second reason why many bottoms are in fact so powerful, stable and open minded, can be found by seeing through questionable contradictions. In principle being shy and self-conscious are not necessarily opposites. It is understandable that one mistakes a role in a play for being representative for how those persons are outside the scene: this will certainly apply in many cases, but does it necessarily have to?

We all know the switching type, or the sexually submissive, that can be really bossy in hir job, or towards the children. We explore such sides of ourselves and overly faked roles alike, whatever is on our agenda. We are the players, remember? We direct, fuel and spice this living out of our fantasies and wishes. And as such, the opposite of shy, viz. being brisk, may well be a driving force behind our play, or not. It does not really mater. Yet, without planned route you have no idea if you fly in the right direction.

Accordingly, the opposite of self-confidence is when you are not conscious of what it does require for you to be – essentially - your self. This implies that you do not realize to what extend your needs, your feelings, your deep desires; your strengths and particularly your weaknesses influence your current behaviour. In order to get kink working in your life, to be aware of your own psyche, your urges and your limits is absolutely crucial.

By knowing yourself and by holding yourself and your play partner(s) in high esteem, you display that you know why you are doing what it is what you do. You can reflect on the why’s and the how’s of events that heavily impact your emotions. The resulting awareness gives you a valuable tool to improve working on your defences, your limits and their transgression.

Please, do not give a damn about what others say is the ‘real’ thing! Neither ’50 Shades of Grey’, nor ‘O’ or your local slaveholders council defines what is ‘real’ or ‘true’ BDSM. Real is who you are and what you are doing. And when you are doing it the way you need it, good for you! Stay true to yourself and grow. However, this does not mean that you cannot learn a tremendous lot from the experience of others, both by talking or by playing with ‘seniors’ in the field.

And for sure, the awareness of knowing each others needs - and what you can give and share with each other - forms an essential part of any relationship, not only in kink. Romance also only works when you play it by the rules. Yet, in kink it is perhaps even more important to abide by the rules, as a wrong motivation or poor understanding of the others needs, can end up in a mess. Therefore, the ideal case is when two self-conscious meet (regardless of whether their coming together was hesitant or clashing).

bottoms and ‘their’ poses
Good bottoms are immensely sexy to Tops. Some Tops ‘suffer’ heavily because they easily fall in love (yes we can!) with those adorable, small, helpless, fragile, anxious bottoms, who - once they are conquered - start clinging to and feeding on the Tops strength and - if we don’t control them - squeeze the Top out like a lemon.

Occasionally, we might be inclined to accept such behaviour, but in general love or lust should not compensate for structural deficiencies. On the contrary: the BDSM version of love is the mutual blowing up of barricades in order to be able to transcend seemingly unattainable limits. This takes courage, but it's the best chance to enjoy a lifetime of love, happiness and hot steamy passion!

Some poses a bottom takes, like uncertainty, shyness of even submission itself, are just functional poses. We can and certainly may identity with such enthralling poses when engaged in play or outside - but to principally carry this beyond their functionality is a matter of personal flavour. It is perfectly normal for both Top and bottom to return to a non-role state after play, where we have a fairly normal attitude towards each other. Sir Cameron is utterly annoyed by delusions regarding Sadists being horrible nasty and hideously vicious for 24/7 – as if we Sadists, Tops and Dominants are not entitled to be gentle to other beings. Woe on them who do not believe this! Sophia, heat up the branding irons! – oops what did I say?

Now, to re-assure those neatly bottoms who are shy, uncertain and soft and weak by nature, I can only stress; do not worry; we still need and cherish you – even when you have to suffer for it! Whatever; just take care that you find persons that respect you for who you are and not only for what you might have to offer. Find partners in Mastery who do not exploit you against your actual needs. A healthy Top does not need that anyway.

On the other hand, if you have a personality problem, and even when a Topping person can be a great help to you, BDSM is no alternative for therapy. If you, as a person, need to heal and solve personal problems, find a therapist and work on these issues with a professional. Despite that kinky play can be outright beneficial to finding out how you are wired; your partner(s) will likely be looking for a partner, not for a patient (except when playing ‘Doctor Dark’ or ‘nurse needy’ … )

At the other side, honored ‘Topsies’ and dear ‘bottomses’; feel free to be open about all your needs; when you cannot communicate your thing, your hard limits or your hottest fantasy to your partner(s), why are you playing at all? What are you trying to prove? Do not be afraid to loose your charm by being assertive; in the Dominion of Lord Cameron, we have made the experience that none of us kinky folk is a one trick pony and even that - allegedly - passed stations are great fun to return to, then our rituals have layers of meaning and it takes time and practise to get to know them all.

BDSM Ritual play
Ritualism as such is without any doubt a functional trait; when arranging a scene, we use the rite to our advantage, so we get a reward out of it. Consequently, whatever rituals, roles or posses we choose to explore in our play, let them be clear; the reward will only be higher. And even when it should not be our goal to fly from the one height to the other, being ‘on air’ for sure is a good feeling.

Rituals can help us in this regard; rituals are the key and the tools to prepare a space of secrecy where we can be whoever we wish to be, even if it is only for once. We resemble one another in what we see together, in what we suffer and enjoy together. Fantasies change from individual to individual, but the reality of the ritual is common to us all. Striving towards realism is therefore legitimate in BDSM play, for it is basically related to laying the substrate for the imaginative expression that we bring about.

In our ritual play we resonate on such sources as the self and the cultural stance on self-indulgence. BDSM rituals thus help us to form and liberate our sexuality in a save and controlled way that does justice to our humanity in an appealing ceremony.

Enjoy! – Sir Cameron

BDSM – Outing, rationality and pain (A)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(A) The first argument

I feel hurt sometimes. It is not really your business why this is so, but it is – for the sake of this blog sufficient to know that it is; and when you are as human as I am, it will be a very recognizable emotion, one we are all familiar with and which we try to avoid if possible.

But to be in pain and or feeling hurt also has another side; a functional one: it is the simple result of the biological function of feeling pain and the psychological realization that you actually are hurt. As with emotion in general, feeling hurt and being in pain shows us that we are not comfortable with something, that something is bothering us, threatening us or even that we may get injured more.

The classical reaction on pain and on being hurt is to move away from its cause. Get away, lick our wounds and find a sheltered place to recover. In today’s blog, we will show how humane BDSM can be, how challenging and how fulfilling to our emotions and self-perception.

Outing and the sins of our fathers
There is a lot of fuzz about outing; some of it is understandable, some is – what we ironically can call – the sins of our fathers. To continue with the latter; what do we mean by that; ‘the sins of the fathers’? Literally, it stands for falling in the same mistakes as our fathers did; and with regard to outing, this does denote for the need to push away, distance or rejection. I will call this ‘refusal to freedom’.

Not every one needs an outing, some of us live naturally as they are from the outset; I know a few who did. Others – like Sir Cameron - grew up under repressive convictions or social conventions. Outing yourself – particularly then - is in a way also an affirming act of setting yourself apart from the ‘others’; born from the desire to be who you are and from standing up for your self and your right to be as you are. When driven by the need to be yourself, finally being able to do so, can be very liberating.

Once liberated we are inclined to look for conflicts with that what we left: we on purpose reject our former values, show very flamboyant behaviour in order to put it into the faced of our – more often than not – innocent bystanders, partners, friends, relatives and fellow citizens. “Look how conservative, narrow minded you are! I know better now, I have out grown my past, I am free.

And - truth be told - often you simply are free. However, the clue lies in understanding from what you are free. Free from following the will, ideals and behavioral pressure that others try to impose on you. As such, revolting against the establishment is also confirming you in your role and here we find one first clue: is it not particular, that in order to be who you are, you need those who reject you?

This is not about the question if this is good or wrong, but rather about the mechanism, then also many pious persons need a rotten sinner, to be able to accept that they are – thank to God – not such a sinner as the other sinners. Atheists like Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins see this form of projecting evil as an evolutionary method to gain self acceptance and dealing with our own deeds and desires.

For many monotheists the Devil is the incarnation of human sin and evil; he – not we – are responsible. By blaming the Devil, others, the system, the Government, it is they who are ‘bad’, ‘sick’, ‘wicked’ and not just us. Okay we may not be perfect, but overall we are acceptable.

Sir Cameron thinks that good and evil is in all of us. Being such or so sexually does not make us better or worse, but rather our deeds, the way we express our humanity. So, if we push ourselves away from conservatives; is that because we wish to make clear that our position in its own right or only because we need a scapegoat just as the others.

Being free from the sins of your fathers means being free from sin, not from your fathers. Accepting and embracing your fellow human beings is not easy; particularly not when you are the one that is being labeled: nevertheless, we might still do well to argue with those who disagree with our lifestyle. Clearing false concepts, showing how it works, advocating rationality; it is a good thing to be proud of who you are. Yet a zealous attitude against what we perceive as delusional convictions, should be well considered; attacking the system, methods and results of the establishment by showing their abusive nature, their ignorance towards scientific evidence and their repressive self regulatory character is good, when also their (mental) state of non-freedom – which they obviously do not grasp – is at stake.

Conclusions: as in puberty, pushing against your origins is a way of finding and defining yourself. As such it is a natural and perhaps necessary reaction. Just as growing up and growing over your past. If we treat other with the love and respect – like we wish to be treated ourselves - we are true to who we are. We may and should argue and defend ourselves, as long as we do not fall into the same sins for which we pity the others.

Be free and keep healthy – Sir Cameron

(to be continued …)

BDSM and the pain of knowledge

Friday, July 26, 2013

“BDSM and the pain of knowledge” is part of the series on BDSM and psychology

It is quite common to meet open minded, kind and non-partisan people that are nevertheless displaying difficulties with understanding the notion of pain in the BDSM context. Of course also ‘proper Charlies’ cannot grasp the pain part of SM, but for them we can make a generous exemption, as after all, in general they tend to cling to delusive conceptions.

Yet, strange enough even most inside the scene do not pay much attention to understanding pain – and who can while busy processing it - and it is not to be excluded that the underlying attitude towards pain is very different for each of the persons involved in the praxis of administering or receiving pain within the consensual, safe and sound BDSM umbrella.

So what – excruciatingly phrased - is pain for us?

Is BDSM about pain?
I have to say that I sympathize with the question, but in my opinion the answer is an easy and plain no. BDSM is such broad a topic that redefining it around one issue is injust; most of the kinky folk are not into pain at all. Good for them! Yet, I am.

The reason this question about BDSM and pain comes up so often is that of the propaganda against sadism in the media; images from movies, descriptions in the paper and vivid fantasies in sometimes very much beside the point books and stories.

The propaganda is repeating history’s judgmental phrases; BDSM is sick, pervert, abnormal and at the best – by an aloof tolerance against the ‘disturbed’ – granted as a mental disorder; likely caused by incest, abuse and rape or otherwise horrific childhood experiences. (For this reason Sir Cameron never tells if he yes, or no, played with dolls as a kid – for your information; as a grown up I play with real ‘dolls’ …)

So, yes, with manufactured prejudgements like the above stated, it is rather easy to understand people’s reservation and puzzlement once meeting with a ‘real’ sadist or a real ‘slave’. And sometimes they cannot belief it, as we appear to be such ‘normal’, ‘sociable’ and ‘both feet planted firmly on the ground’ kind of person; so how on earth could the people have been so deceived? Are we such smart deviant bastards, blending them with our inhuman, frightening and merciless intelligence? (That’s why we love Dracula!)

Well, I will not argue against biases. I think sadists often have such sides, but it is only one aspect; sadist can be gentle, loving and caring just as easily. Yet, it is up to anyone what they want to belief: evidence or delusion, experience or theory, their guts or their fears. Whatever …

But of course people are entitled to get an honest answer - at least from those of us who belief BDSM to be a rationally acceptable and ethical thing. So, how does such an answer look like?

Proverbs 23:26 states: ‘My son, give me your heart’. And even when sensible people do not personally comprehend our thing with kink from the inside, they are at least sympathetic to argumentation, facts and honesty. By showing our heart, our being, we – also speaking for colleague sadists – we show that we at least can bear ourselves. It is by being open and vulnerable to rejection that we can win the battle against ignorance, prejudges and unwarranted fears, as when we show strength, ethics and care, it is a message that stands contrary to the usual misleading propaganda against kink and its followers.

Sleep in heavenly peace
Loosing your heart is a concept that we all get, particularly because we are all looking for precisely that; to be madly in love, losing yourself and float in heavenly bliss. At least, this is what we dream about and even a partial manifestation in our real life gives us a boost in energy, happiness and confidence; “wow, somebody loves me …”

The need for love, affection and comfort is deeply human; we all aspire after it and we all hate to live without it. For those who have not gotten it by now; this state of mind, this feeling grounded, secure, cared for and loved is what some kinks feel when dealing with sensory pain or – as a mental variant – humiliation.

So, just take my word on it and accept that there exist people that do play with pain because it makes them feel (jolly) good. The resistance against this concept is not to be found in the experience of those persons who enjoy this side of BDSM, but rather in the internal emotional conflict that their ‘utterly strange’ behaviour causes in the non-kink observer; emotions of bewilderment, fear and even disgust as a result of actions that often go against anything we have learned about responsible adult romantic love-making.

For the record, Sir Cameron does not hold hirself responsible for the emotions you or any other people have; it is perfectly okay for hir that you all deal with your own emotions; they are completely yours, your responsibility, yours to justify and understand.

This said, I also want to add that this blog is here for you too; so you may learn, understand and feel being taken seriously. I care, not only for my own sake, but also for your sake; being faced with difficult emotions is a thing on which we can use support and advice each other. The reason is obvious, as such emotions can not only be difficult; they often are so hard because they cause internal conflict. The nature of this conflict is such that many of us experience attraction and repulsion, as if we have an internal battle between what we – simplifying – call lower and higher urges.

Painful urges
As social beings, we all are familiar with these urges. Many people think it is easy to be a sadist. Well, take a cane and try it out on someone you like. It is not easy and many cannot hurt others – unless they are selfish, drunk or refuse to take treatment or medication. Being on the receiving end of BDSM-pain – as the masochist - is not that easy either.

“Hi mom, hi dad, can I tell you something”

“Of course, my dear …” mom replies, her face smiling as always.

That is too hard, and you turn to your father, swallow and say, soft but clear:

“Dad, I love to have my friend put a baseball club in my butt/ass, spank my breasts/tits until I cry and calls me a sick bimbo/slut.”

“YOU WHAT !!!!!”

Got the point? We – kinks - must live with ourselves, deal with our own sexuality and manage our own emotions, but it is not always easy, take my word on that. And no, hating us does not make it feel any better. And I think I do not need to point out that similar emotional turmoil not only goes for persons involved with sadomasochism, but also for fetishists and those in sexuality and gender identity-based cultures.

The other side of love
The sensitive reader will likely understand from my argument, that being a different person in a sexual way is not always without pain; we love our families, our villages and colleagues and we neither like nor deserve rejection, misunderstandings or hate. This is the kind of pain inflicted on us by those who do not grasp that individual lives are differing by their very nature. This is a pain that is more troublesome for many of us than the belt, whip or the cane. But there is more …

One of the most bitter experiences I had to make when I took my first submissive, was that those things that I thought only to exist in my fantasy appeared to be real; after all, the thing I longed for was available and from that moment on I realized that I have been hurting myself in my previous relationships by not getting what I needed to feel happy and complete. Instead I opted to abide by more ‘socially correct’ concepts. And actually, it was not even an SM thing at all, but simply the attention, the devotion and the almost magical intimacy between me and my devotee: a pouring out yourself in the sweetness of the other; feeling embraced, welcomed and admired. Perhaps it is a unity or a merger of the souls that form a sacred field of energy in which both thrive.

Sex is uniting, but not in itself, but as expression of a uniting process. When we feel attracted to someone that is not us, we are not thinking about an ass or nipples – okay, sometimes we do – but about ‘being with that other’ or knowing them – in the biblical sense. Being inside the other, or them in you, is a ‘penetration’/acceptance of the other, the non-self. By embracing the non-self, we dissolve somewhat, but we also get larger. Two, in a way, become one. Freedom in sex is only possible when someone is free itself, free to accept how one is, and free to meet the other as the other is; free to be curious about the fireworks we together can ignite.

The other side of pain
By the way, with the above stated we found a good example to clarify another aspect of pain play; we touch. More precisely we touch skin. We caress it, we make it glow, burn even. Sometimes we make welts, or cut or pierce and get ‘under the skin’. By sensing your largest organ in more detail, you have a new experience of yourself, your border and your size. In a way, when I spank my bottom, I am defining hir and by setting limits to my bottom, ze is subject to my definition, my creation. We spank, wrap in tape, tie in ropes, put in cages; all confinement. We open, lay bare, expose, share, force, display, show, demonstrate; all revealing.

It is therefore that I – that Sir Cameron in his Dominion metaphysics – regard BDSM as a way of self-discovery, a method by which we learn, accept and improve ourselves. For the majority of humanity, humiliation is not sexy, love is combined with tenderness and pain is a turn-off. For those who are into pain, it often is painful in a figurative sense too, as by enjoying 'abnormal' feelings, you always have that little voice speaking inside your head that you are actually are abnormal, or a pervert.

Therefore being with a person that you trust, so you can let go, let yourself fall in the certainty (belief!) that you are being catched and loved and – in case you feel hurt or are in pain – being cared for and hold tight. The idea of freedom in the sense that we do not need other people is erroneous; we are ‘social animals’ and once you have seen a group sex scene evolve you realize being social and friendly is not per se a non-sexual thing.

For those who expected a lecture about hormones, altered body chemistry, mind-fucking or role play; yes, there is much more to be said and to explain, but technical details on how a pain-trance shows resemblance to drug-induced states, why pain does feel like pain, but we still want to continue (remember child birth, which is extremely painful, but the desire for the baby is the real issue); all true and interesting, but the humanity of what it is that we do - in a sensible way, as consenting adults - is more important than the ‘technical’ side. This makes it too simplified and mechanical, like a trip, or a ‘strange’ game. We are more than playing; we are being ourselves; real people being true.

You are entitled to your own convictions, but consider them well and follow your heart.

Be gentle, true and good for yourself – Sir Cameron

BDSM and Evolution

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

“BDSM and Evolution” is part of the series on BDSM and philosophy

Imagine two chimps playing a BDSM scene; vines all around, plenty of shrieking and no intimate shaving of course. Yucky, where did that banana go? And did that chimp just pull that female from the tree and had uncontrolled and unashamed public monkey sex?

Fun aside … this is no recommendation for a special ‘Planet of the Apes’ edition, nor a plea for bestiality. Rather in this blog entry on BDSM and evolution we shall – partly - look at what evolution theory has to say with regard to sexuality and in particular the kinky versions of it that we all like so much. As there are no textbooks here, it’s a jungle to discover. Follow me into the wild ...

Is BDSM offering evolutionary benefits?
Yes, a challenging question indeed and I honestly admit that it took me a while to come up with this one. On top of that, answering it will take some time - as an explanation will be notoriously difficult. Perhaps you better think about it for yourself first and see where your conclusions lead you. It will be interesting to watch how you will answer the question and how others will.

In the previous blog we have seen that inside of the leather scene we meet with people that carry around very different kinds of worldview. Their answers may vary from religiously coloured gloom to strict Darwinian atheism and everything in between; together reflecting the multi-faceted richness of diversity that is to be found in our sub-culture and which we see mirrored in our collective behaviour and attitudes.

In the previous post, I deliberately withheld from judging these mentioned worldviews, all may it be obvious that The Clothed Lie does not advocate any of the sex-negative versions. Nevertheless, whatever stance you might take on BDSM, the underlying principles of your worldview will have a profound effect on how you regard it; this not only concerns how you rationally understand BDSM, but particularly on how you emotionally experience BDSM activities. As it seems, worldviews are not mere conceptual regulations, but also denote for many of our actual limits.

The original man
As any theory about evolutionary beliefs in some way or another has to deal with religious beliefs, the view on science and the effects thereof on our worldview, it will be good to consider that when trying to answer our question, it is not a matter of proof for one theory or the other, but rather about finding a comprehensible explanation for facts, sexual behaviour and natural reproduction in our history.

Imagine that it is only about 5000 years ago that humanity – in Sumer, Egypt and China - started to write down history or that what they believed in to be history. Coming from a culture of story telling, it was of course known that every one told the same story in its own individual way and even when people were trained in memorizing what they had learned, the traditions that early writings refer to may or may not be accurate; but it is all we have. In such cases it of course comes in handy if you have a deity at hand to back up your side of the story.

Anyway, what can we expect from ancient writings with regard to people whose sexual orientation is not mainstream? Particularly when we take into account that such persons could easily have been exposed to risks to their physical, emotional, economical and social health, mainly because of (religious) stigmatization.

Precisely from such condemning, we find evidence that alternate sexuality seemed to have been a part of human sexual behaviour for a long period of time now. Self-awareness of sexual orientation commonly occurs during adolescence. This is not a position in which one has the guts to swim against the stream and it is therefore likely that the whole practise of alternate sexuality like fetish, BDSM or LGBTQ occurred underground, as our sexual urges always seeks a way to get manifested or converted. In view of that, experts claim that according to available documents, alternative sexuality has always been part of human culture1 and is not a mental disorder, but a genuine expression of sexual need.2,3

But this beside – let’s get back to the original question regarding evolutionary benefits; even when sexual alternative behaviour has been part of humanity for as long as we can trace it; why is it like that?

Sexual orientation probably is not determined by any one factor but by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences. It is unlikely to find an answer on the why question, as we shall hardly find a common ground on what explanation is true, and to avoid philosophical and theological arguments regarding the why, we simply accept that obviously alternative sexual activity is a part of human behaviour, a component of our cultural development and perhaps even of our gene-pool – irrespective of how we personally - or as a group - value such behaviour.

Power exchange
Perhaps we take a few steps together to see if we can discover traces of ‘natural behaviour’ in our kink. One typical BDSM characteristic – and the one that is often mentioned in literature - is the so called ‘power exchange’, in which two or more people accept to change the power dynamics that are inherent to their relation. The top ‘gains’ (functional) power, the bottom ‘looses’ (e.g. refrains from) power, but all by an act of choice. Particularly this choice sets it apart from normal power struggles.

And at least following the lead of someone else – or being followed - seems a natural thing to happen, in a way it almost represents a natural order; following the strong protector, leading the less knowledgeable, so no harm comes to them. Exchange of power comes with benefits within a genetic group, even when the survival of the fittest often shows real brutality between rivals for the same resources.

From this point of view we might not see the behaviour of groups as representative for humanity as a whole or even all of nature, despite having overlaps.

Many Lovers
In nature polyamory relationships seem to be a very common thing (with the monoga-mouse being the notorious exception); the alpha male and -female lead the pack animals and the alpha male does all the ‘pleasant work’ like mating all his mates and consuming the prey. Consequently, in order to be able to mate with any female at all, younger males must stand up to the alphas and (figuratively) risk their ass.

Luckily humanity has evolved for the most of it – however, dumb animals still rape women in busses (India) or on public squares (Egypt), while celebrating their ‘freedoms’ or ‘superiority’. Homo Homini Lupis.

Natural domination?
Funnily enough, some social Darwinists regard the ‘survival of the strongest’ as the most significant trait of evolvement. Such theories appear to justify what we in the BDSM scene reject as non-consensual actions. This side or interpretation of Darwinism is particularly emphasised by religious opponents as it seems to promote the primitive ‘animal’ inside of us. Sexual promiscuity is then seen as non-natural and idolatrous, egoistically directed at oneself, derived from love. The sophisticated view is then of course that vision that is founded on religious belief and not primarily on scientific evidence which we find in evolutionary biology.

Fact is however that - just as biological development - ethical development is typical for our species as well. The protection of the weak in our kin is natural behaviour in order to protect the preciously selected gene-pool. More and more the non-physical, mental properties are displaying dominance. This seems to correlate with our increasing intelligence.

Nonetheless, one could argue, that at least on a subconscious level, the need to dominate or being submitted can reflect the wish to mate. In order to distinguish between plain sex and BDSM we should acknowledge that hard, raw or even violent sex can indeed express the primal need for reproduction, yet, the jungle of mating rituals makes clear that natural selection is not the same as sexual selection.

The choice of whom we mate with, make love to, have sex with is based on criteria that help us select the sexually most attractive person. The longer we live, the less prominent the need for simple reproduction will be and – in case of human sexuality – the more prominent will the rituals get; as females have more parental investment, they factually make the choice while males compete more intensely for access to women.

For vanilla relations I regard the ritual of romantic courtship by the (dominant?) male as the attempt to convince the (submissive?) female that he is the best choice for her. BDSM is of course also very ritualistic, but the courting part is reduced to negotiation of already available wishes. Often power exchange is the only goal, not reproduction, even when a good scene can make us really hot and a sexual encounter becomes the natural next step.

As such, BDSM is part of our sexual road map on which matters of sexual selection may play a role, but where its role play, rituals and praxis are not necessarily in line with (romantic) courtship, but rather express functionality that is higher as the mere biological exchange of genes. And - as we are on the explanatory line anyway - let’s just assume for a while that BDSM is an expression of mating behaviour; what does this mean? It seems to suggest that dominant females/submissive males reflect the natural power of females in choosing mates; where as the aggressive male topping rituals seem to reflect the wish to take the females away from the competition and to claim them for individual use.

It will not be hard to understand that seeing domination in this light lets it also apply to non-kink mating. It is the consensual play with power in a sexual context that sets BDSM apart, the evolutionary impulses from our genes we all have in common.

Sexual behaviour for what?
As indicated above, natural selection is something else as sexual selection. There is research indicating that sexual behaviour as such, was not necessarily a development triggered by the need for reproduction.4,5 In other words; sex (as activity) did not evolve because of reproduction – as there are many other ways to reproduce – but for the re-combining of our DNA. As with the mating rituals, humanity seeks many forms of sexual activity that are not about reproduction. E.g. love making in same-sex relations or masturbation as sex-on-one, come to mind. Sexuality became associated with more socializing goals, such as increasing the bond between partners or as genuine expression of emotions of love and fondness or the need for intimacy. Very typical in this way is postponing the orgasm in order to share a common one – or a few ones.

Perhaps it is also in this more social area of human sexual behaviour that the differences between sex and gender evolved, as when reproduction is not the only driving force behind sexuality, the actual sex does no longer play a primary role. In this light it may also be striking that in many BDSM scenes, we remain from sexual intercourse, as our goal is not to reproduce, but to enjoy other alternate forms of sexually charged behaviour.

With regard to role definition, body size and other characteristics, there would be much more to say, but currently I see no specific indicator for their relevance to our BDSM quest. The blog is getting too long anyway …

Well, as with many topics we sometimes wish to write about or try out in our dungeon, we run the risk of getting into area’s that are new. This is a normal and good thing; as from the new we can learn and adapt. We can also err and perhaps in this blog I actually did make proposals that will later on turn out to be misplaced; well, that is the nature of exploration and I simply took the liberty to think loud and share this with you. Not in order to give you all the answers - but perhaps some – or to proof something, but to investigate a topic in order to find out in what way evolutionary evolvement can be relevant to our kinky disposition and our understanding thereof.

Sir Cameron thus hopes that this current blog will encourage you to do some google-ing yourself and to give you something to think about.

Enjoy – Sir Cameron

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2. Rowlett JD, Patel D, Greydanus DE. Homosexuality. In: Greydanus DE, Wolraich ML, eds., Behavioral Pediatrics. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag;1992:37–54.
3. Savin-Williams RC. Theoretical perspectives accounting for adolescent homosexuality. J Adolesc Health Care.1988;9 :95– 104.
4. Gregory G. Dimijian. Evolution of sexuality: biology and behaviour. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2005 July; 18(3): 244–258.
5.  Schuiling GA. On sexual behavior and sex-role reversal. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2005 Sep;26(3):217-23.

BDSM and Worldview

Thursday, July 11, 2013

“BDSM and Worldview” is part of the series on BDSM and philosophy

How would it be to be free? When you would be free to be whoever you wish to be, free to love whoever you like, free to have sexual intimacy with the person(s) of your choice, without having to fear any negative consequences, like being scorned, prosecuted or labelled a sinner – or to get a transmittable sexual disease, to name something realistic.

Yet, what you perceive as freedom is necessarily a concept that by its very nature is limited; by time, by laws, by other opinions and by our own convictions about what is ethical behaviour and what is not. In this blog entry on BDSM and worldview, we will look at how our freedoms of choice, speech and expression are influenced by theoretical and actual worldviews which we as kinky folk are confronted with.

What has your worldview to do with BDSM?
While cruising you local leather scene, you will meet difference; all kind of normal and kinky persons; younger and older folks, dominants and submissives and such with varying gender identities. This all comes with the inherent diversity of the BDSM subculture as a whole. But there are other differences too, which are not visible on face value. It concerns the kind of differences that explain how you stand in life and how you see BDSM function in your experience with others. It is about how we view the world and that what we do: how we see and understand ourselves.

During our cultural development from savage society toward the high-culture we now have in some parts of the world, humanity seemed to show the tendency to reflect on ourselves, on who we are and what this all means: the reason behind tragedy, the unjustness of being born like this or that, the curse a sexual diversion can sometimes mean in an intolerant environment.

The most common form of collective reflections we find in religions. And if we take religion as an expression of culturally biased answers, we can and will find reasonably acceptable opinions in it. Perhaps it will not be the most modern views, but there is no reason to belief that only modern beliefs have their merits. After all, humanity is old and tradition is not only about continuation of things that do not work. Yet, once we start to see and interpret religious beliefs as an eternal, universal and binding standard, we create a system that is – to put it mildly – not in favour for BDSM or LGBTQ. And this list could easily be continued with evolutionist scientists, feminists or followers or other (allegedly false) religions.

Religions tend to attribute truth to views that modernity has proven to be wrong, over and over again. But - however tragic on itself - diversity in belief systems that underlie our thinking and acting is simply there, regardless if such belief systems are more or less correct. It is not the truth of worldviews that is the matter here, but rather how this affects our view on and experience of BDSM.

How does worldview work?
As seen above, I understand one’s worldview to be a mixture of religious, philosophical and scientific beliefs. Those beliefs are fundamental for the person having them; one is obligated to those ideas and does not easily come to other convictions unless for good reason. The reason for that is the way in which we connect a worldview with our actions, our devotion to our beliefs and their connections to justify our ethical behavior. It is therefore that in a previous blog, I have been arguing for the rationality of BDSM, both in theory and praxis. To this rationality also belongs, that we – in order to maintain a healthy self-image – eventually integrate that what we do in our worldview.

However, it must be pointed out, that a worldview is not necessarily consistent. We of course strife after a continuity and coherence in what we hold important, but already the mere option of change requires a degree of variability. From this point of view the magic of BDSM that many find in it, it’s lure and apparent attractiveness is not to be understood without grasping it’s relation to our worldview. The tension between what we deep inside wish to do and the awareness of how this wish is dubious when seen from our worldview, is one of the tensions that can really be challenging to those who stand in this conflict.

Nevertheless, BDSM as a reasonable praxis of fun and queer acts between consenting adults needs to be taken on its own merits. And for this is it essential that we at least think about what we wish to do and actually put in effect. Reflecting on our actions lifts BDSM up from mere impulses and whims and sets the bearing of our voyage. This will be essential for a well thought out leather praxis; which ultimately will require a well considered framework to align our actions with our beliefs.

Once you start from a particular belief this inevitably includes the rejection of other beliefs. Take e.g. the belief that there is something wrong with persons who have BDSM urges. The step from something wrong towards sickness or sin is not far. Any conclusions that are based upon beliefs that are merely attributed to BDSM without actually doing justice to its reality will only create neurotic tension. Like with opposition against science or other competing beliefs, most objections against BDSM are not predominantly rooted in evidence, but rather religiously or culturally biased.

As we live in a world and are part of a cultural heritage, we have no other option than to start with what is available, including our own upbringing and traditions. The good thing about worldview however, is that you can adapt it, so your beliefs will feel comfortable again. In how far the prevailing worldview does affect the BDSM component in your life is insomuch personal that generalisation likely will not grasp it. Nevertheless, the interaction between worldview and its continuous process of change can itself be viewed from two distinct positions; the external and the internal. We will start with the former.

How do worldviews affect BDSM from the outside?
A worldview is a set of personal and basic beliefs. It has to do with a mixed set of opinions with regard to who we are, where we come from and where the meaning of this all can be found. As such your worldview contains elements from tradition, religion, science and your own experience. We tend to form sub-cultures with other people that, for the most of it, share similar views and beliefs. With BDSM this is not different. We look for persons that wish to do what we wish to do.

The dominant worldviews in our culture will always be a mixture. Depending on class, education and your own disposition, one or more particular elements will be leading your views, where a rational scientific approached or a religious truth motivated view will be the two most common motivators. And both views can and will be used to either reject or support BDSM tendencies and praxis.

The mainly scientific approach is likely one that regards itself as being through with religion. Human rights and freedom of expression as well as evidence are important notions. BDSM can be either seen as free sexual expression, or as a remnant of dormant primitive ideas, or even both. Currently scientific research into BDSM is still scarcely done, yet as a consensual praxis it is gaining more and more acceptance by psychologists and sexologists. The continuing row of changes of BDSM as mental disorder in the consecutive Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders versions is only an expression of that (positive) development.

The mainly religious approach to your worldview also has two sides. In Dominion metaphysics, Sir Cameron defines religion as the innate impulse of the human selfhood to direct itself towards the true or pretended true origin. This focus on origin answers the question who we are and where we have to look for guidance.

Theists of course differ on many issues in this regard, but generally it is seen that religious traditions have at least an ancient core. Many theists regard one particular tradition as the (absolute) true tradition and the others as missing the ultimate point - despite perhaps containing some ‘moments of truth’. Others regard all religions as narratives that show how in the past creeds and beliefs were expressed, but not as an accurate historical description in itself.

Some theists that follow a modern stance – which may include belief in evolution theory - might perhaps show the usual reluctance towards BDSM, but may not be forced by their doctrine to condemn all sexuality that does not fit into an ancient framework of sex-negativity. Others - like conservatives or fundamentalist theists - will likely regard BDSM as wrong, misguided, perverted or straight out evil.

It needs no further argument, that when you as a kinky person meet someone with a sex-negative or otherwise repressive worldview you can be severely hindered in being as you are. Irrespective of how you choose to life out your urges, hidden or in the open, meeting others and possibly face rejection, disgust or even hostility is never nice. Therefore, the battle for sexual freedom starts with a proper view on reality. In this blog we will continue to shed light on our otherwise secretly dark reality.

How do worldviews affect BDSM from the inside?
Following the just mentioned clash of contrasting worldviews with regard to BDSM, it is by no means so that inside the BDSM subculture the co-existing worldviews are necessarily closer to each other; all is it sensible to expect more overlap amongst them.

An example will make this clear. For a good spanking scene it will apparently make not much difference if the bottom is a rationalist evolutionary biologist or a romantic Anglican Church choir boy. Apparently, as our experience is so very personal sometimes, that we in order to be able to express what it means to us, we need to make certain that we speak the same language.

Of course, this is required for all effective communication, not only with regard to kink. Yet, particularly with such activities that in essence require a (previous) exchange of consent, wished and limits, being understood in the proper sense is paramount.

And than we have our internal convictions about what we do; even when I do not suppose that many of us get involved in BDSM play without actually wishing to do so, it nevertheless is to be expected that we will reflect on our motivations and actions.

We need to find out about our need for BDSM because it is the explanation for our behaviour and because it explains such a huge number of facts; because many things we believe about sexuality is explained by it. Reading a few blogs on the internet is no match for a lifelong of (religious) indoctrination, so the question we face is how we do reconcile the practical truth that BDSM feels so good to us, with the deeply held convictions that bind social and religious communities?

Again, there are several options available. A very practical one is to simply notice that you and your partner(s) like what you do and take this as a sufficient justification. A more complex one is to convert parts of our practise into a ritual context; we play with opposites in ourselves and in our culture; we do the forbidden thing, we drown in the dark corners of our unconscious shadow, we seek ecstasy that moves us away from the mundane and dualist context and lifts us up into that place where we all unite in wholeness and soundness.

The Clothed Lie cannot tell you how you should feel about BDSM or what views best work for you and the situation you are in. It is your privilege and task to find that out for your self. Whether you see yourself as the fifth ape and your actions as genetically programmed, whether you see yourself in the image of a Deity of your choice and your actions as lovely wicked or prefer to see BDSM as spiritual praxis that by means of rites tries to understand and express yourself; all views have their own merits and come with their own set of questions. It is up to you to decide what suits you best.

Obviously, what we belief about our sexual and BDSM praxis is affected by our upbringing, but that does not mean that we cannot or should not change our minds on certain topics. We all earn the respect from others to let us examine alternatives and re-evaluate our beliefs in freedom of choice. There is no reason to be afraid to spell out the delivering truth derived from your own experience.

But be aware that irrationality is woven in the fabric of modern life, attempting to draw us back the petty fog of our superstitious past where we were hiding behind the trees of sex-negative delusion, there seems to be – after all - a tree of knowledge and a tree of life. Consider your choices with rationale and act on them in wisdom.

As always, I wish you good luck on your journeys, in- and outside of the dungeon.

Enjoy – Sir Cameron

On Earth, as it is in Heaven? – BDSM in perspective

Friday, July 5, 2013

“On Earth, as it is in Heaven?” is part of the series on BDSM and religion

The question mark in the title is already indicating that expectations may not be as easy to be fulfilled as we perhaps hope for. BDSM fantasy requires work and the right perspective.

In this blog we look into the reality and imperfection of BDSM. It is perhaps not what some of us expect BDSM to be, but as any human activity it is only as good as those who participate in the game. The right mindset is the first step on the path to bliss.

(Note: This blog entry will be a tad demanding, not only regarding my use of ‘sacred texts’, but also intellectually.[i] It is never a shame not to know or understand something. And this blog is for you to learn, but it is not a test. Take from it what you need.)

Heaven on earth?
The ‘Kingdom of the Lord’ is to come. That is what we learn in Sunday school; that is what the western Judeo-Christian religious traditions tell us and that is what many of us believe: our reward lies in the future.[ii] But is this indubitably true? Can’t we have a tidy bit of ‘heaven’ before we die? And - as we are in a kinky blog here - is it also true for us? Can we – ‘perverts’ – ever experience the bliss we hope for? Can’t we already just be in heaven for a little while and forget the troubles that drag us down to earth?[iii]

It depends; the key will be the perspective that you use. If we take the ‘Kingdom to come’ literal; the greek verb for ‘come’ can be translated as ‘let-her-be-coming’.[iv] This is not the place for an exegetical digression, so it suffices to say that there is a notion of expectation and becoming to it. Ultimately it is made clear elsewhere in the gospel, that the Kingdom of Heaven is a virtual one, as where the rules are abided the spirit of the Kingdom is present. This was meant and understood as here and now, not only later …

For those who are familiar with my ideas about the Dominion of Lord Cameron, this idea will be known. For our current case, we can pursue in this line and by allegory – an ancient way of interpreting religious texts - accommodate it to our praxis: it will be a virtual, evolving, kingdom, characterized by both inner commitment and outer behaviour, but the inner attitude is most important, as it is a Kingdom of the Heart.

In this sense, the well known phrase from the Lord’s Prayer - ‘your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven’ - for sure has its appeal to every Master. And even when this verse only appears in Matthew and not in Luke’s gospel[v], it is nevertheless clear, that as Masters, Tops or Dominants, we demand attitudes and actions from our slaves, bottoms and subs that we easily recognize as religious in nature; obedience, worship and awe. Which represent the clay with which we build our kingdom, our little mirror.

And because we realize the deeper meaning, we fancy that we are really strict Lords, benevolent Masters, obedient servants and revering slaves. And as such, we naturally deserve the best Lords and the most devout subs. So we go out and seek to find them.

Giving is better as taking – but why does it have to be so hard?
Unlike the most gifted pick-up artists the average kinky gospel is not an easy ‘seek and ye shall find’ but rather turns out to be a series of trial and error. At the end you might have given much and received little, perhaps not even enough to make it worth while. As discouraging as this may sound, it is nevertheless true in many cases; you invest, give and hope; in return you have some nice scenes, hot sex perhaps, but not even close to what you have been looking for. What now?

Yet, as we are all very different beings, all with different urges, sexual orientations, different genders, strangely diverged sexual roadmaps, it will be hard to find a key that will fit on all locks. But we will try, nevertheless. To this I have three points:

First, most of us are still learning about themselves; we are ‘under construction’ and so are your partners. To know what you really want and seek is your real challenge, as often we are fooled by our own dreams too. Eventually, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and don’t forget that while you develop, your own taste may change too.

Second, the ‘seek and ye shall find’ is not the whole story. In fact the whole phrase is a bit larger: “Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).

So we find that we should first ask in order to be given. Not only ask the Devine or yourself for permission, but most prominently, ask your partner(s). Simply asking for what you can mean for them, might be the first step. When you then seek together, you will find. If and for how long that what you find is the real thing, is up to you and your partner(s) to decide. But if you persistently try, ask, seek, your determination will become like knocking on the door and eventually it will open up to you.

Thirdly, BDSM fantasy requires work and the right perspective. Above we have seen bit about the part on working on yourself; your ideas, your ideals, your idols, as well as the work involved in order to get a partner and then keep hir[vi] with you. I am sure many of you have been cruising the web or the local clubs and bars to find someone to whom you would be attracted to and that wanted to experience physical pleasure with you, so it would bring your energy level up a higher scale, feeling good, desired and attractive.

But what about that perspective you ask?
Good one! Yet, as you have been reading, we have seen quite a few perspectives; your imagination, your real needs, your partner(s) wishes and your mutual efforts, the motivations why you dream, fantasize, act and justify. Particularly this last one is not to be underestimated, as justifications for what we do – either good or bad things – is a powerful concept that is towering over us, like a safeguard or watchman.

As we are in a continuous process to develop ourselves - by learning, doing, thinking, seeing and sharing - we follow goals and ideas regarding the direction our maturation takes. And then predominantly the idea that we might grow in the wrong way or by the wrong means is scary. Particularly with non-kinky people, you often are confronted with the idea that BDSM is limitless, uncontrollable aggression, addictive in nature and will end up bad for all those involved.

Well, this is certainly not a perspective that is very helpful, as it is based on a fear of an uncontrollable mixture of sex and violence, like the idea of the victims of vampires that get enslaved to the love bite, because it gives them devastating orgasms.[vii]

Admittedly there is this side to BDSM, but as an umbrella term BDSM is very wide, and only a small part of it has to do with violence or pain. All of it however, has to do with fun. But when it would be about fun only, does it not render us a bunch of hedonists?[viii]

Perhaps, but for most kinky persons, BDSM or leather is much more as just fun; it is a part of our sexual roadmap, a way of dealing with ourselves and others, a way of self-exploration and perhaps even a spiritual goal in itself. And for those who had not expected this, I will argue in the next paragraph what it means to be in heaven.

Between Saturn and Neptune lies … heaven
Beside being called after Roman Gods - Saturn for Agriculture, Neptune for the Sea – both planets are in the sky, or heaven. The planet between them is Uranus, the only planet called after the Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, which is also the word (ouranois) that the New Testament uses for ‘heaven’.

The idea behind this connection between planets and religion is to be found in the belief that the heavenly bodies and the stars have some form of significance for our life. In a figurative sense humanity throughout history has turned its eyes towards the heavens and expected blessings, aid and forgiveness from ‘above’.

I take it that this was not understood in a literal sense, but that the heavens symbolically stood for our expectations, our hopes, our beliefs. To be in heaven in this sense would not mean to be in a particular place, like a planet, but rather applied to our attitude, a mind set or an experience. Shortly said, heaven is a mental condition.

At the beginning of the blog we have seen that the Kingdom of Heaven has to be understood as a virtual Kingdom too, an inner condition that existed in a group sharing the same beliefs and spirit. Similarly, I understand the orgasm; it is that place everyone is happy; it is therefore a sacred and blessed place that should be cherished; alone with your favourite fantasy, or with others, joined in haunting embrace.

This is the perspective I favour for BDSM; as acts and actions that are aimed at enjoying our blessings in a way that both find ritually adequate and rewarding. It is a perspective of enfolding our sexuality, which was reduced to mere ‘physical’, towards the full plane of human experience, from procreation to imaginative construction.

Love is often seen as the highest moral virtue, and it perhaps is, but also other virtues contribute to our heavenly state; trust[ix], beauty, acceptance, respect, power, communion, technique, sensitivity, self-realisation and energy exchange.

Concluding we can say that this was a different blog; an attempt to lift BDSM out of the mundane, sick and secret sphere, to the place where it rightly belongs; its rituals are profound, rewarding and effective in bestowing us with the sense of feeling whole and guarded.

For all of you I wish that you will consider this perspective, even when it is a tough job and a narrow path. Believe it, go for it, take it and rejoice in the gift of life.

Sincere greetings from the Chapel of the Dominion Court,

Sir Cameron


[i] As any text, a ‘sacred text’ is also a historical one, written by persons in their words and in the context of the time they lived in. We can, may - and perhaps should - ponder on such texts. By using a text that is considered ‘sacred’ or ‘inspired’ I wish to acknowledge the text as relevant for our culture. We may not agree on what the texts mean – whether it is to be seen as a narrative, a revelation or simply as biased opinion - but we agree that it is – to a certain extend – relevant.
[ii] For this reason some say that Christianity produces masochists: we accept suffering, our inferiority and guilt, in exchange for being forgiven and the promise that in the after life we will be rewarded. However, this view may be insulting for Christianity, as not all of Christianity is bad or fundamentalist in their dogmas. Nor are masochists – our masochists – suffering against their will or because of their inequities, nor are our masochists inferior or guilty. Our masochists are the brave, courageous heroes, that we respect, admire and love, just as they respect, admire and love their masters. Amen.
[iii] Yes, we can. Sexuality, romance, love; it is part of us and meant to enjoy, embrace and practise in good spirit, seeking each other and with respect to it’s natural limits. Heaven is of course used in a figurative sense. So seen the above is only a part of the heavenly goods: present for our pleasure, but no goal in itself.
[iv] For the kinky theologians amongst us: ‘elthetoo’ has the imperative mood, second aorist tense, active voice, singular. I translate the Kingdom with her, as basileia is female.
[v] It are with certainty not Matthew’s or Luke’s gospels at all, as all four gospels (selected from amongst 30+ others in a later century) are only attributed to them in a much later period (likely 100 years after Christ’s crucifixion).
[vi] Him/her= hir, his’/her’s= hirs, she/he= sie, hirself
[vii] Are there submissive vampires too? Devout little devils, enchanting witches?
[viii] Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain). Source: WikiPedia
[ix] Trust or belief are the same word in greek ‚pistis