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Mentorship by Mistress Constance
Filed in: general knowledge, beginners, mentors

One of the words we hear a lot these days is "mentor." People talk about the need for mentors in our community. Novices are looking for mentors. More experienced people call themselves mento[...]

A Beginners Guide to Munches by Stu
Filed in: newbies, general knowledge, munches

This document may be copied only in it's entirety, including this header and the e-mail address at the bottom. It must not be edited or altered in any way. If you have comments/suggestions, please let[...]

Origin of RACK: RACK vs. SSC by Gary Switch
Filed in: general knowledge, ssc, rack

During a discussion of SSC (Safe, Sane, and Consensual) on the TES-Friends list, I proposed RACK (Risk-Aware, Consensual Kink) as an alternative. Here's my motivation: Nothing's perfectly safe. Cross[...]

Returning to Vanilla by luna[KM]
Filed in: general knowledge, vanilla

Could you please tell me of any sites that I may check into on the transition from a D/s relationship back into a vanilla relationship? I find myself with that dilemma now. And it is very difficult th[...]

Old Guard, New Guard by Gayle Rubin
Filed in: general knowledge, old guard

I have problems with the way in which the distinction between "Old Guard" and "New Guard" is sometimes deployed. While there are many differences between leather/SM as it was prac[...]

Goodbye SSC by Chuck and Donna Cosimano
Filed in: general knowledge, ssc

When SSC was promulgated as a doctrine back in 1980s it was never intended to become the monster it has grown to become. It was a publicity gimmic purely and simply, designed to make our little hobby[...]

A Top's Guide to Bondage Bottoms by Michael Nelson
Filed in: general knowledge, bondage

1 - Introduction * Why do people want to be tied up? * How do their preferences for bondage differ? * How do you recognize and accommodate their needs? * Why do bondage scenes sometimes &q[...]

Common Sense by Sean R. Powell
Filed in: newbies, general knowledge, d/s

My name is Sean and I have been actively participating in the D/S community for over 20 years. I have a published book available at (Sensual Intelligence....An Intimate Path Towards P[...]

Advice to a Novice Dom by Washington Sexuality University FAQ
Filed in: dominance, newbies, general knowledge

(note: The spellings here, "hir" "sie" etc. are unisex conventions. These indicate that it applies to either gender. These are deliberate, they are not misspellings.) There are [...]

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