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If so -- how do you deal with it?
There's a kinky paradox I run into sometimes. It's entertaining, but it's also a little frustrating at times, and I'm wondering how other people deal with it.
Here's what it is.
Sometimes when I bottom, I just want it to feel good. I physically enjoy pain -- certain kinds of pain under certain circumstances, anyway -- and the sensations and endorphins and whatnot are just pure sexual fun. It's like eating very spicy food: it's a complicated pleasure, but it is a pleasure, and my body processes it as such.
But sometimes, when I bottom, I want it to hurt.
I mean, really hurt.
I want it to hurt harder than I want.
Real pain -- pain that's genuinely hard to take, pain that hurts harder than I like -- is what makes me feel helpless, and out of control. It's what gets me tapped into my fantasies of non-consent; it's what gets me feeling like what's happening is being forced on me against my will. Or, at other times (actually, sometimes at the same time, which is weird and contradictory but I'm not going to worry about that too much), pain that hurts harder than I like is what makes me feel submissive. It's what gets me feeling like I've put myself into my partner's hands: like I don't belong to myself any more, and have given myself away as a gift, to be used and played with at my partner's whim.
All of which is awesome. All of which I like very much, in a way that's very different, and in many ways more intense, than the relatively simple, easy- to- take, endorphin-y fun stuff.
But here's the paradox.
Thus begins my latest piece on the Blowfish Blog, Harder. To find out the paradox of liking pain that's harder than I like -- and what I think it says about the sexual connection generally and masochism specifically -- read the rest of the piece. (And if you feel inspired to comment here, please consider cross-posting your comment to the Blowfish Blog -- they like comments there, too.) Enjoy!