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Guide to Consent

Guide to Consent

Consent is one of the biggest themes of BDSM—if you don’t know that, you really need to read up before you pick up a paddle.
BDSM is built on a system that is referred to as “SSC". “SSC" stands for “safe, sane, and consensual.“

Let’s break that down further:

Safe: Safety means understanding the risks of the activities you engage in with your partners (or even solo!). It means reading up on the subjects you’re interested in or talking to people who have experience in those areas. It means making your partner(s) aware of any physical, medical, or psychological limitations you have. It also means that all parties involved are aware of the risks of what they are going to experience within a scene.

Sane: “Sanity,” in this context, is going to be defined by the official distinction between things like masochism/sadism and Sexual Masochism/Sadism Disorder. That difference is made by establishing a healthy mindset on one’s behavior in regards to BDSM. To meet the standard of being “psychologically healthy" when it comes to S&M, the subject must not experience distress over their urges that affects their daily life and all partners of the subject must be consenting to their activity.

Consensual: This covers all other aspects of consent, including an excitably expressed “yes!“ in regards to sexual activity, regardless of one’s personal relationship with their partner. Remember that an absence of a “no” does not equal a “yes" and intimidation for a “yes" equates to assault. Also, remember that all drugs and alcohol revoke one’s ability to consent to sexual activity. Always play sober to avoid problems!

So, now that the basics of consent are established, here are some helpful tips when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship:

Always keep open communication with your partner when it comes to safety concerns, regardless of whether or not you feel it’s relevant. 

Before any play takes place, you should require that limitations and a safeword be established. If you don’t want a set “safeword,“ remember that “no” and “stop" are always safewords unless specifically stated otherwise.

Discuss consent in the context of your relationship. Let your partner know that you are continuously respecting their rights by asking for consent before you engage in sexual activity.

That last one tends to trip people up. Even though consent should be your number-one concern, some people are nervous about turning off their partner by talking about it. 
First point, if your partner is turned off or annoyed by the idea of you respecting their consent or establishing your own—RUN. This is a huge red flag that cannot be ignored. No sane person should ever get upset that someone wants to discuss consent in a sexual relationship.

If you really don’t know how to bring it up, try these simple phrases that can be used, even in the context of a D/s:

“Do you like that, little one?”
“Show me how you like it, Sir.”
“Would you like me to…”
“What would you like to do to me, dear?”
“Tell me what’s on your dirty mind, girl.”
“Master, how would you feel about…”

Consent is not only mandatory but it can also be used in a way that makes play more fun, like instructing your shy submissive to tell you everything they want to be done to them or asking your Dominant if they would like to engage in certain activities. Consent can be sexy, but it’s always necessary, regardless. Keep that in mind.

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Updated : 4th December 2021 | Words : 579 | Views : 1523

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