Getting Acquainted

In the recent months I have seen D/s relationships started and ended. I have seen the heartache it caused, the despair, the pain (not in a good way). I have seen the misunderstandings between people, have seen the confusion, the wavering confidence in oneself and others. The anger, the sadness. All of the relationships I talk about have started online and all of them – in my humble opinion – have started too quickly.

Let me first say: I totally understand the longing of fulfilling those deep feelings, of wanting to be controlled by a Dominant if you have submissive feelings, or wanting to be given the gift of someone’s submission when you have dominant feelings. Still, a BDSM relationship should not be thought about lightly. It is a commitment you make and the intensity of such a commitment might be more intense than that of a ‘normal’ relationship. This is even more true for relationships between people who are not living together and where part of the relationship happens online or with written communication.

There are some things that I see as very important before you embark on this kind of journey – things that should be common knowledge, but it’s remarkable to see how many people forget about this in their eagerness to have a BDSM-based relationship.

First of all, get to know each other.
Getting to know each other doesn’t mean that you should talk online for one or two days and then make the commitment to have a BDSM-based relationship. No. You have to talk, and talk, and talk. For weeks. Not two, not three, but double that. Get to know each other. Reveal as much of your real life as you want, but when it comes to BDSM you should reveal all. Your views on it, your desires, your needs and wants, your limits, your limitations. Talk about it, see if you are a match. See if you can work around differences. Talk to each other about everyday things and see if the initial feeling of ‘there’s a click’ or ‘being in love’ is still there after weeks of talking. Do not make a commitment before you are more or less sure that there is a chance for it to succeed. And once again, you don’t know this after one or two days.

During the period of getting to know each other, you can engage in BDSM activities. Give the potential submissive tasks and rules to follow. Accept rules and tasks from the potential Dominant. This is part of the process of getting to know each other and part of the process of knowing whether you are a good match for a BDSM-based relationship. If at all possible, arrange to meet each other a couple of times in real life before a commitment is made. Sometimes things can click perfectly online, but when you meet in real life, the click might just not be there.

Secondly, practice comprehensive reading.
When most of your communication is in writing, make sure that you read and understand every word. Also always keep in mind that you cannot see the other person’s face. You cannot hear the intonation in his/her voice. In other words, you might misinterpret the words. Communication through Skype, Whatsapp, KIK or any other kind of chat program is quite direct, meaning responses come and are given quicker than when you communicate using email. When you read something that makes you feel uncomfortable, take a moment to breathe before you answer. Read it again! Instead of starting an online quarrel, ask whether you have understood the other’s words the way they were intended.

communicationEmail conversations are a bit slower than chat conversations, giving you more time to answer. And, more time to think. When you read an email that upsets you, stop! Don’t answer it immediately, but stop and let it sink in. Let the words work their way through your brain. Try to take into account that you might not read the words the way they were intended to be taken. Only answer the email once you have given it time (not minutes, but hours!) and then, if things are still not clear and you have a feeling you might have misunderstood the words, please ask! Clarify the meaning of the words to avoid misunderstandings. Remember, you are still getting to know each other!

Third and last: enjoy!
While you are getting acquainted, enjoy! Enjoy the journey of discovery. Enjoy getting to know someone new. Enjoy the activities you engage in. And when you are ready, make the commitment and keep on enjoying. But even after you’ve made the commitment, you should always keep in mind that written words can be misinterpreted, that online relationships need a lot of work to keep them healthy.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with online BDSM-based relationships, but please be sensible about it and don’t just jump into it. It’s not a game!

Just my two cents…

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23 thoughts on “Getting Acquainted

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      I think we all learn our lessons through experience and all look back on some experiences with shame. I sure have a couple of those… and wish someone gave me advice on some matters when I was younger ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. I wish I had this to read before I was jumping into the local community feet first, that would’ve been super helpful. I stumbled upon Fet five years ago about this time of year, and I was like, hooray, people like me on the internets! I was trying to find someone that was real and wouldn’t be a jerk about it to me for liking kink and BDSM, ie – ex-husbands, and guys that I went out with. It’s really important people do this so they don’t leap into something with someone that could be dicey, and end up totally not what they expected.

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      Some people just skip the discovery phase and then wonder why they get hurt if they haven’t even taken the time to get to know each other…

  2. You hit the nail on the head. While I believe that Sir and I took time to get to know each other, there are still things we have to work through. Recently, we have been going through a bout of non-communication, and we never really spoke about how to deal with that. Like any relationship, it takes commitment to make it work. This entry really got me thinking. Thanks! :-* xxx

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      You’re welcome and I hope you can get over the bout of non-communication and get the communication on track again ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. All great points. It matters in kink and it matters with new relationships but i find even with people i have been close to for years occasionally what is written (or said) and how it is heard can still be different. As you said it always helps to clarify the intention.

  4. I think starting online is actually a great way to explore the ideas and the feelings around kink in your head in a safe (ish) manner but like all things, taking time and really thinking things through is absolutely vital for it to be successful. Wise advice Rebel

    Mollyxxx

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      Thanks, Molly, and indeed, I agree. Online is a great place to start, but people should stay sensible about it… and I have seen people jumping into things just a bit too quickly and staying behind with lots of heartache.

      Rebel xox

  5. It’s taken a LONG time for Sir and I to find our feet, together, within the heady world of BDSM, the relationship we have could not have come about had we not taken that time to earn trust and respect on both sides. It isn’t a game, and anyone thinking it is is going to come up short

    Flip x

  6. Great advice.

    I’ve never much been into d/s stuff until recently, and have been ‘playing’ with someone online. It was something he asked me if I was interested in after we’d been chatting for a while, and I said I was willing to have a go, but that it was something completely new to me. Have discovered my domme side is just a little bit evil, and lots of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Excellent post with great advice. Thanks for sharing.

    HGG. xx

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      You are welcome, and thanks for reading. Enjoy discovering yourself as domme and I look forward to read more about it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Rebel xox

  7. As someone just starting out (on the BDSM-side . . . LOL!!!) I haven’t thought too much about doing that “online”, but of course it’s very sensible to take everything, in every situation, slowly step-by-step. I always try to???
    Xxx – K

  8. This. Is. Perfect.

    I’ve been thinking the same thing after watching several people go in and out of relationships over the past several months. Thank you for saying it.

    When I met SouthernSir (aka Daddy) more than a year ago, we talked online for weeks before we ever spoke on the phone. Then we talked even more before we ever attempted anything remotely D/s, and none of it was sexual. I kept that poor man waiting 3 months before I would commit. But when I did, even though I was scared of heartbreak, I knew him better than I’d known anyone. A year and a half later, and we’re not only still together, we live with each other.

    A bit of patience and a lot of communication are the best things for any relationship, but especially a D/s relationship.

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      Awww thank you luv. I just put my thoughts out there, hoping I can help at least one person not getting hurt.

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