BDSM Question: Can You Date In The BDSM Lifestyle?

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Question 1:

I have been told by many people that if you are looking to date that I should not be looking in the BDSM lifestyle.  Is this true? Do people not date in BDSM?

 


Question 2:

I need someone else’ opinion on something I find very troubling. I have had multiple people become upset at me because I won’t play with anybody that I am not dating or in a relationship with.

I have had people tell me that I obviously don’t understand the lifestyle because I refuse to play with them.  That I am closed minded because I won’t randomly play and that nobody dates in the BDSM lifestyle.

I don’t feel comfortable playing with people I don’t know.  If this is true and the only way I can meet someone is by randomly playing with different people perhaps they are right and I am not suited for this lifestyle.

 


Question 3:

Every person I meet immediately wants to jump into a scene.  Nobody wants to get to know me outside of my bdsm interests.  This is all there is to bdsm, what about finding someone who loves you and wants the best for you and protect you and who I can care for in return?  Am I wasting my time looking for love in a dominant and submissive relationship?

 



Master Bishop’s Opinion

 

The simple and straight forward answer is:

Yes, you can date within the BDSM lifestyle.

If dating and getting to know someone before you ever do any BDSM play (and/or become intimate with a partner) is what you need to feel comfortable and safe enough to live your desires than you have every right to live your life that way.

Personally (and this is just My opinion) I think dating and taking the time to get to know someone is the safer way to become involved with another person.  Especially in an environment where you might end up completely helpless and at the mercy of another person.

Knowing that your potential partner only has your best interests at heart, so you can completely trust them only comes with getting to know someone over time. Seeing who they are and how they react to different  scenarios is still one of the best ways to get to know someone, ie dating.

People can always fake and lie about who they are, but over time their true self will be revealed.  So I think it is always a good idea to take your time to get to know someone outside of BDSM before ever choosing to step into a scene with someone.

The more complex answer:

Yes, its true that there are people within the BDSM lifestyle who do not date.  From what I have seen there are different beliefs behind this choice.  There may be more but from what I have seen:

1) There are people in the lifestyle who are responsible, safe, considerate and take BDSM and any kind of play very seriously.  They understand the responsibilities they are taking on when playing, ensure they are always safe and that the people they play with are comfortable at all times.  They take great pride in their skills and on giving their play partner’s the experiences they are looking for.

They just don’t have an interest in being involved in any kind of traditional relationship and/or feel dating does not have a place in a Dom/sub dynamic they might be involved in.

These kinds of people tend to be very accepting and understanding of other people’s choices and desires.  So even though you may not be comfortable playing with someone you are not dating, this does not mean they are wrong for choosing to live their life in a different way.  Just as you want someone to respect your decisions and how you choose to live your life, we all need to show the same respect in return.

The reason I mention this is because I think many of the questions from above stem from a different group of people.

2) Just as in the vanilla world where there are people who only want to have sex (ie get off), there are people in the BDSM world who also only want to get off.  Many of these people don’t have an interest in BDSM and/or Dom/sub dynamics.  In fact, most of their interests are vanilla, they just think they can get off easier in the BDSM world because everybody is so open and comfortable about their sexuality and desires. They think anybody that is so sexually open must also be physically open for business to any and everybody.

If you are reading this, I’m sure you know that just because someone is more open and comfortable with their sexuality does not mean they just sleep with anyone.  Well this doesn’t stop people who are like this from trying and try they will.

How Can You Determine If They Are Just Looking to Get Off

Anybody that tells you:

* That you don’t belong in the BDSM lifestyle because you want to be courted, taken on dates and spend time with someone to get to know them before you ever play

* That you obviously don’t understand the lifestyle because you refuse to play with them.

* That nobody dates in the BDSM lifestyle and you are closed minded because you won’t play with some random person you just met or have only talked to online for a few minutes.

If they mention any of the above, something similar or try to guilt you for your beliefs, know that they are definitely part of this second group and clearly are just trying to convince you to give them what they want.  Which essentially is to get them off.

Just remember, BDSM is an all encompassing lifestyle.  It accepts, respects and supports, people of every race, sexual orientation, identity and law abiding fetish known to human kind.

According to people who are just trying to get off the only thing BDSM does not support is dating and getting to know someone.  That is ridiculous.

That is why I posted multiple questions from different people, because I wanted to show others that they are not alone.  Which proves that there are people who do want to date within the BDSM lifestyle. So the next time someone tells you that you clearly don’t belong in the BDSM lifestyle, you know they are lying.

Don’t Get Upset…

These kinds of people are everywhere and it is not isolated to BDSM.  If you give up on your BDSM desires because you can’t find someone to date, you will still face these kinds of people in the vanilla dating pool.

The important thing you need to take away from any potentially romantic interactions with another person is whether you are compatible.  If this person is saying they don’t want to date or don’t believe in dating, obviously you are not a match.

Instead of becoming upset about it, just realize you are not a match and be thankful you didn’t waste any more time than was necessary to find that out.

Still Can’t Determine…

If they are just looking to get off?  Offer your friendship. This person might make a great friend and someone who you could learn from not just about BDSM but about life as well. We can all learn something new from the people we bring into our lives even if it is the smallest lesson.  It can still have a huge impact in our life.

A person that believes an individual should only participate in BDSM however they feel comfortable would accept and love to become your friend.

Chances are fairly high that a person only looking to get off, will not be happy with being put in the friend zone as that is the furthest possible point from getting off that they can be.  If they reject your offer to become friends they just proved what they were after the whole time.

Again, don’t worry because what did you really lose out on?  Nothing!

Some horny person, with a terribly self-centered personality, who is only looking to get off.  Those kinds of people are not even good at sex, let alone any kind of BDSM activity.  So you didn’t lose out on anything and they lost out on being friends with you.  Sounds like a win/win in My books.

Just be patient and know there are people in the lifestyle who do date and are willing to take the time to get to know you. Like all good things, it can just take time to find exactly what it is that you want/need and for that person to find their way to you in this crazy thing called life.

Have you ever had an experience like this? Do you think you can date in the BDSM lifestyle? What are your thoughts?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Regards,

Master Bishop

The founder of the BDSM Training Academy. Master Bishop has been involved in the Dominant/submissive lifestyle for over 12 years. With a love for education both learning and teaching, Master Bishop has passed on his knowledge and experience to others entering into the BDSM lifestyle for over 8 years. Join Master Bishop on Google+

 

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4 thoughts on “BDSM Question: Can You Date In The BDSM Lifestyle?”

  1. i agree with Master Bishop. so I am going to skip to question #3.

    Short answer … No this is not all there is and No you are not wasting your time.

    i am in a very loving caring relationship with my Master. i will admit that it was much easier for me since W/we had been married for 18 years (vanilla) before i even spoke with Him about my desires to explore a BDSM relationship. i am happy to say W/we are still married and our relationship has grown and been greatly enhanced by O/our new journey and lifestyle change. Master and i enjoy an amazing 24/7 living, growing and loving BDSM, total power exchange relationship. So be encouraged.

    i also have many lifestyle friends who are in committed, loving relationships. One such couple has been together as a D/s couple for over 5 years and are now planning to marry.

    If it is a relationship you are looking for than continue to look for that. It is attainable within every lifestyle…..vanilla, kink, bdsm…
    You should never compromise on your standards or on the relationship you want.

    Frankly, being submissive and handing over control to another is very difficult and it takes a great deal of work and commitment. It is more than reasonable to want a partner who is willing to do the same.

    My desire to serve and please my Master comes from my heart and soul and it is because He is able to touch those very special places that i am able to find the strength focus and courage i need to serve Him, particularly at those times when i feel the least submissive…

    Try to seek our groups and organizations that are more relationship based. Like a MAsT (Masters and slaves Together) group in your community. You do not need to be in a M/s relationship to attend, you only need to want to learn and understand the M/s – D/s – TPE lifestyle and dynamic. Also find a support group and educational events. You may just find that special loving Dominate submissive, relationship you are looking for.
    Wishing you all the best in your journey.

  2. In my opinion, relationships and BDSM almost have to go together, especially if you want something more than a one off. If you are going to give your life up to someone, you need to know them.

    I made the mistake when I was first getting into this lifestyle to try serving someone I hadn’t know all that long and found it really isn’t any better than trying to date someone first day you meet them. There are some people in the BDSM world who only want control and someone to be a slave to their whim and desire and some, as Master Bishop stated that are only looking to get off and aren’t even into BDSM. My Mistress i have known for many years and recently when talking, broached the subject of kinky sex and BDSM. It turned out she was a Domme. I don’t know why we started talking about it, but I’m glad we did. Even though we aren’t dating per se we have know each other for a long time and every day we grow closer.

    In short, while it doesn’t have to be called dating, I believe if you’re going to have a relationship in BDSM, there has to be a relationship outside of the scenes. Even if it’s a one time thing, you need to get to know each other before you play. How do you know they won’t cross your hard limits or how to please them unless you know them aside from BDSM.

    Submission isn’t gritting your teeth and doing your unpleasant duty. submission is understanding that you want to feel another’s power and focus, that it frees you from the fears you didn’t know you had and the lies you didn’t know you were clinging to.

  3. Genesiscecelia

    Thank you. This is the second time Ive been told, in different ways, that I shouldnt be on a BDSM site because I want to date.

    1. Genesiscecelia, I think you might have misunderstood, I am saying you can date on a BDSM site. If someone says that you can not, they clearly are not compatible and you just need to find someone who is more compatible with what you want and desire. Think of it as just an efficient way of weeding out those who you likely would not have much in common with. Just because someone people in the lifestyle don’t date, doesn’t mean everybody doesn’t date. I for example but get to know someone over time via dating before I would ever consider playing or training them.

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