BDSM Safety - Introduction

I recently did a handout for a BDSM safety class, over the next few days I will be posting the contents.

?We are talking here about an activity in which it's common for two people to go off alone together, and for one of them to tie the other very securely and then proceed to beat them with various blunt instruments. Allow me to suggest the radical notion that doing this could be dangerous.? ? Jay Wiseman

Life is not without risk, and our lifestyle even more so. Everyday we risk exposure, injury, emotional damage, but we accept those risks. Learning how to be safer and deal with possible problems is a major undertaking not to be ignored.

There are four main types of emergencies encountered in the lifestyle: ? Behavioral ? Involve possible violence, criminal, or other mentally unstable behaviors on someone?s part. ? Environmental ? Involve power failure, fire, heat, cold, snow, rain, earthquakes, etc. ? Medical ? Involve medical conditions like heart attacks or seizures, or trauma injuries. ? Exposure ? Involve someone, either on purpose or inadvertently, exposing or ?outing? someone in the lifestyle.

While we may not be able to prevent these things from happening, we can prepare for and have plans in place to deal with the possible outcomes from them.

We should all be prepared for these emergencies, and trained to the best we can manage to deal with them.?

And always remember, look to your own safety first, you cannot help anyone if you become another victim. Use safety equipment and proceed in a safe manner.

11 Mar 2008 10:01:02

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