Here’s an exchange from OK Cupid, without commentary from me. What do you think?
I’ve perused your questions. I have no idea whether you will be remotely interested in me or not. I AM interested in you. For several reasons, in random order.
First, your answers to questions are thoughtful. Regardless of whether you and I agree or not (I like light bondage – handcuffs, blindfolds – you want no part of it), I have the sense that you and I would have fun talking.
Second, your profile is compelling. I too am a City kid, and I’m the opposite of you – I have OCD. And not in the way that everyone SAYS they have it. In the sense that I’ve been medicated for it. And it makes me more interesting/fun/vulnerable.
Third, your pictures are BOTH cute and hot. That’s actually unusual here.
Fourth, I think you misread (or misunderstand) what submission is (at least, has been, in my experience). You write, “I don’t want to have sex with anyone who gets off on hurting/degrading me,” and though I am dominant, I’ve NEVER hurt or degraded anyone, and doing so would be an enormous turn-off to me.
I’m not saying I want to dominate you – I take you at your word – but, given how smart you evidently are in response to other questions, I think, among other things, it’d be fun to discuss this answer with you.
So there you have it – my plea. I think you’re hot, cute, smart, interesting, and I want to chat with you. Beyond that? I’m eager to learn.
Tell me if you’re game.
All bondage, whether light or not, represents our sick culture’s hatred of women invading our most personal sexual realms. You get off on handcuffing women (ever wondered why it’s not the other way around?) because you’ve been raised in a culture that sexualizes violence and rape. So have women (which is why some of them consent to this), but I recognize and resist it. Leaving the issue of female consent behind, let’s talk about why MEN want to dominate us. Do you really think that’s just a natural branch of human sexuality? Because when the patriarchy is overthrown you can sure as hell bet that no one will get off on physically overpowering women (or some play-acting facsimile of such). Personally, I have only wanted and had that kind of sex when I have felt like shit about myself. Now that I truly believe in my own awesomeness I don’t need to be held down and slapped around in my bedroom. Men who get off on dominating hate women deep down, and women who get off on being dominated hate themselves deep down. That’s my feminist argument, I also have anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist arguments against bondage but I doubt you’d want to hear them.
1. I’m a pro-feminist, (mostly) anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist man. Who likes many things, including bondage and dominance. And submission, too, for what it’s worth.
2. ALL bondage represents our sick culture’s hatred of women? Really? I honestly love being handcuffed just as much as I enjoy handcuffing, in contrast to your presumption. Does bondage of men represent our sick culture’s hatred of women?
3. I think that power exchange is a natural and fun branch of human sexuality. Yup. Yes, I do. I have had great fun, both dominating and being dominated. And doing both. I agree with you that it CAN be a fucked up manifestation of the sexualization of violence and rape. But it also can be a fuck-load of respectful, empowering fun.
4. Rape play disgusts me. I have no interest, and would never do it. But I know people – women, mostly – who enjoy exploring rape fantasies. Not with me. Because I can’t. But I don’t judge them. I understand and respect that it gets them off, and feel no benefit in deriding it.
You seem to have a bead on men’s motivation, and women’s, too, evidently. My view, and my experience, is that people don’t choose what gets them off. Some of the staunchest feminists I’ve met have been submissive. Some of the most misogynist men, too. What we like to do in bed is only political to the extent that we disrespect our partners. This was the huge mistake of second-wave feminism, demonizing the desires of men and women both, rather than honoring and respecting them.
I love and respect women. I believe deeply in consent. I don’t judge my desires, or yours.
I think there’s a tell at the end of your message – “now that I truly believe in my own awesomeness, I don’t need to be held down and slapped around….” I’m sorry if you did need those things, for those reasons, and I suspect that you’re right, that it’d be a bad idea for you to go to those places, given what your motivation was, evidently.
But why make the mistake of assuming everyone’s the same as you? As the people whom you attracted in that mode? We’re not.
To be clear: dominance is like guns, or money, or chocolate. It can be used for good or ill, and in the hands of an asshole, it’ll be used for ill. In the hands of a decent and good person, it can be a boon.
I wish you well, and am sorry that your experience left you so soured on dominance/submission – not so much for yourself. It does nothing for many people, and there’s no reason it should do anything for you. But it’s a shame that it left you judging other people. Sitting in judgment is, for me, always a worse place to be than sitting in curiosity.
Take good care, and good luck here.