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Land Of Enchantment Fetlifers
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Mainstreaming- good or bad? Neither? Both?
Just recently life slowed down for a cool five seconds and I had the chance to finally listen to the Evo Revo town hall with Sera Miles, Guy Baldwin, and VI Johnson. If you haven’t listened to it, take an hour over your morning cup of coffee and put an ear to it. Listening to such amazing people such as Guy and VI give me the chills. I love their candid, open, and blatant way of approaching questions.
You can find the interview here on the Leatherati site:
There was one point were they talked about our culture going mainstream and what can happen to our history, and our practices as the BDSM culture is absorbed by the larger culture. They talked about some people not being able to stand the new influx of people, and going underground. Some will stay and teach others, and how parts of our culture will die with time and change.
I thought about this part of the conversation a lot.
I have always been conflicted about the mainstreaming of our culture. Honestly speaking, teenagers wearing collars and slave bracelets make my skin crawl. They always did, always will. Fifty Shades of Sexually Frustrated Housewife makes me itch. I haven’t even read it BUT- I pegged the plot. Woman- pure, untouched. Man - broken wounded. He gives up what he loves as a dominant, they marry. Tell me I’m wrong…….
I do enjoy the bits on TV that are obviously BDSM- that does make me giggle.
But seriously though- the mainstreaming of our culture, does mean that there will be a watering down of some of our practices, just as masses of people step into the community with access to more information that was never available before. More bedroom players, more people who take on roles and titles without really putting in the time and practice and self knowledge that it takes to be that title, all because it is easy to become a Master at a click of a mouse. And Master SOUNDS SO COOL......
I have to remind myself that as there will be a fair share of serious players that come into the life as well. Those vested in history, knowledge, skill, and self evolution. Just not as many…..
Then I got to thinking, that although mainstreaming will hit our community in a lot of ways, that ultimately the good will out weight the bad.
If mainstreaming means that BDSM cannot be brought up in divorce or custody proceedings, cannot be grounds to fire someone, if it means that Dr’s need to became more educated so that Leather, kink and BDSM can be brought into the examination room and have questions and concerns discussed openly, if it means that laws need to be adjusted so that tops won’t be arrested for assault and bottoms can’t be arrested for accessory to, if it means that we are able to protect our own community better from predators because we didn’t have to remain so secret, if it means that hotels and restaurants are vying for our events and munches instead of shying away from them …… then mainstreaming is absolutely worth it.
Bring it on.