Coming out of the vanila closet

I recently upped my presence on FetLife, for those who don’t know what FetLife is think of an 18+ version of Facebook with BDSM and kink being the focus, and Goodreads. I was surprised to find a BDSM group on Goodreads. For some reason I thought Goodreads would be too sanitized for a group of the BDSM ilk to exist freely and openly. Wow was I surprised. There are already over a thousand members and it ranks number 107 in over 1000 groups, not bad at all. Reading through the discussion threads I began to notice a commonality between FetLife and Goodreads. In both venues people new to the BDSM scene introduce themselves and freely admit to being new and uncomfortable with their lack of knowledge. Because it is an open forum, instead of saying this to individuals it is done to a mass of people. Sure there are people who try to take advantage but because others can read the threads people immediately stand up, via typing, and try and protect the new people that they’ve never met. This made me realize that coming out online is a much safer place because there is a wider safety net of people watching out for you.

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~ by amberrosethompson on August 8, 2012.

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