reply to post by MemoryShock
There is a lot we don't know about the evolution of some of our countries subcultures and I can't even think to understand why someone would deign
to brand their progeny...if not for some kind of need for recognition.
That would be due to a gross lack of education and a culture that encourages a divide and conquer type of fear, when it comes to people who live
‘different’ lifestyles. This fear usually manifests itself into phobias, were most people then have no genuine interest in learning about other
lifestyles, out of a belief that such people aren’t ‘normal’, as such will not receive ‘absolution’, and that they represent a threat to
‘traditional values’ and are ‘wrong’ for being different.
Of course this all stems from insecurity, and a deep seeded need for validation of their lifestyle, which naturally they believe is superior, and
‘right’, and deserving of ‘absolution’.
Now chances are the man is a dabbler in the alternative lifestyle of Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism (BDSM) which is a pseudo Master/slave
lifestyle based on Households, utilizing something very similar to Patrician Law that was used in the Roman Empire, where the Master of the House had
absolute right of life and death and discipline of everyone living in his house.
Many people confuse the BDSM lifestyle, including some people who dabble in it, as fetish and kink, but the classic BDSM Lifestyle has been handed
down from generation to generation for thousands of years based on self discipline, communication, honesty, and mastering one’s self, with an
emphasis on manners, protocols and keeping an open mind in relation to all things, and being non-judgmental towards others, who are believed to have
an absolute right, to live their life’s in the manner they see fit, as the Masters of their own Houses, as long as they do not lie, steal, or fail
to follow etiquette and protocols.
Unlike the deceptive practice of Free Range Slavery that the Government has caused everyone to submit to with excessive taxation, fees, and licensing
and 600,000 codes and armed henchmen in the form of officers of the law to enforce the system, slavery in BDSM or belonging to a House/Tribe in BDSM
is voluntary, where consent is always required amongst all parties, in a ‘safe, sane and consensual atmosphere’.
Rules towards self discipline and disciplining of others within the House/Tribe tend to be simple, straightforward, consistent, and deemed ‘fair’
Ultimately the Master or Mistress has the final say in rewarding or disciplining someone for their actions or words.
Where branding is concerned I would estimate 2% of participants favor branding, and it is usually the slaves or members of the house requesting one as
a sign of ownership, that gives them a sense of well being, a sense of belonging and a sense of emotional security as a result.
This is in fact no different than a woman who wants a diamond engagement ring, and a gold wedding band.
It is simply an adornment that says I belong to someone.
Brandings are usually carried out in a ceremony with the members of the House and often the larger local BDSM community invited to be in attendance.
When it comes to such things an emphasis is placed on performing these things in sterile and hygienic conscious ways for safety.
People, who voluntarily seek a brand, tend to have great pride in them, once again much the way a woman would in her diamond engagement ring and
Because this is all consensual, and it is all consensual, Dominants who apply forms of psychological manipulation, or other forms of force, that
create an environment of less than true consent are generally outcast and not welcome at larger community events within the lifestyle, one should then
realize, that no, such people aren’t going to be looking to do this to you or your family.
So in reality, nothing to be scared of at all, it’s just people living the one life they have to live and give, for themselves, their house, and
their family, but hey if you would rather go to Iraq or Afghanistan and live it for your country, that’s cool too!
Now you know more!
[edit on 14/5/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]