Blogging A-Z Challenge
Thirty Days. Twenty-six posts.
April 1 marks the first day of the annual blogging challenge. For 26 days of April (every day except for Sunday) I’m going to have a post related to my Blogging A-Z Theme.
(This post contains adult content that may not be suitable for those under 18)
What’s my theme, you ask?
Do you really need to?
I write bedtime reading for adults, stories they can enjoy alone and with a partner. So it only makes sense that my theme is – Erotica.
I’ll be picking a word or phrase commonly associated with the literary genre of erotic. Don’t worry, these posts won’t be graphic or cringe-worthy – I’m looking to educate, information, amuse and always, entertain.
D is for…
Dominance and submission
Dominance and submission is a subset of BDSM; a series of customs, rituals, and behaviour involving the submission of one person to another during an erotic episode or lifestyle.
In D/s, both parties take pleasure and erotic enjoyment from being dominated or dominating another. Physical contact is not necessary but when used can often cross the line into sadomasochism.
The superior positions are Doms or Dommes (female). A dominatrix is a term reserved for a professional female dominant. There are different styles of relationships, romantic love is not necessary and relationships can be either monogamous or polyamorous.
Two classic writers in D/s are Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher Masoch. Other fiction writers include Anne Rice, Arthur Adamore, Jacqueline Carey and Cecelia Tan. But these days, the most recognizable name has to be E. L. James.
James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy may not be the most accurate portrayal of a D/s lifestyle, or even the most well-written, but no one can argue that E.L. James brought D/s and BDSM lifestyles into to society. Rather than hiding their X-rated novels in their underwear drawer, women (and men) were proudly seen reading the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
Everyone has heard the story – the Fifty Shades books were originally fanfiction based on the popular Twilight series about vampires and became a publishing juggernaut in 2011.
Again, D/s isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested or merely curious, there are a number of books for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, Anna Ellis novels don’t contain a great deal of D/s. A little bit of tying up, but that’s about it.