The most common question I’ve gotten the last couple millennia has been;
I’m a submissive man. How do I find a Domme?
Your first message should be friendly, polite, show who you are as a person, rather than a submissive, and show a desire to learn about the Dom/me as a person. I can’t speak for male Doms, but for Dommes, there is nothing more annoying than messages talking only about kink, even if written with the best intentions.
Here’s a common message I get, and something many men seem to think is acceptable.
I saw your profile and I love it. I’m totally into foot play, and have always wanted a sexy Domme like you to step on me. I would love blah blah blah (all about his fantasies, his desires, and what he wants from me, without a single detail about who he is outside of his kinks, and without remotely expressing a desire to get to know me outside of the kinks I can satisfy for him).
You’re so sexy and I hope to serve you.
Random well-meaning sub
And the sad thing is that the man who sends this actually thinks he’s doing something good. And these aren’t stupid or childish people. The most recent example I got of this was written by an educated, 42-year-old professional.
I’m assuming he’s not an idiot. Just like I assume almost every other man who writes that same kind of message isn’t an idiot. So why do men think this sort of thing is okay?
And this is so common, you’d be utterly shocked.
I feel bad for all those men who get so frustrated, just unable to understand what they’re doing wrong. So, since I’m in a good mood, I’ll explain it.
Here’s a secret for you: Dommes online are already on the defensive simply because of the messages we get on a daily basis. We see a message in our inbox from someone we don’t know and are expecting the same thing we always get: online catcalls. Or insults.
When she opens that messsage, she is expecting you to be a douche. She has already decided in her head that you’re a douche. It’s up to you to prove her wrong. And messages like the one above, while written with the best of intentions, do not prove her wrong.
Starting on literally my third day of being on Collarspace and Fetlife, I was firmly in that mindset. And without exception, every single message I receive from someone I don’t know, I expect to be either a one-sentence, please-let-me-suck-on-your-toes nonsense, or some crappy, long-winded, please-let-me-suck-on-your-toes nonsense. I’ve already decided that the author of the message is a tool, before opening the message.
Why? Because the author of every other message for the past month has been a tool. Your message is just the next one on the list.
Is it fair to you? Maybe not. But it’s your species that did it (and often you, in particular, helped contribute to it), so now it’s up to you to prove her wrong.
And I mean that. If you’ve ever written to me or approached me on either Fetlife or Collarspace, I want you to know that I thought you were a douche as soon as I saw the light blue name, or as soon as I saw the new message notification on Fet. I clicked on the message, thinking, “Alright, what does this douche want?”
In most cases, I was right, and you were, in fact, a douche.
In a few, I was proven very wrong.
In this case, I like being proven wrong. It’s a really good feeling, after days and weeks of online catcalls, to receive an intelligent message written by someone interested in me, rather than the fact that the color of my screen name is red and there’s the word Domina in front of my name.
And seriously guys, that’s pretty sad. When a Dominant woman opens a thoughtful, respectful message from a complete stranger, and it’s such a rare phenomenon that it literally makes her day, that’s just sad.
A Dominant woman should not be relieved to be seen as a human being by a submissive man. And the fact that 99% of submissive men online seem to think that this is okay astounds me. If you go to a munch, do you approach Dommes like that in person?
No. And do you know why you don’t approach Dommes like that in person?
Because you don’t go to munches.
And that is the single most annoying, irritating, frustrating, sometimes even infuriating thing about submissive men. You don’t go to munches. You don’t want anyone to know you’re a sub.
I will take a moment to acknowledge that occasionally, there may be a legitimate reason to need a level of discretion that a bar or restaurant may not be able to provide. For the other 97% of you, you’re pissing us the fuck off.
Why? Well, let’s answer that question with another question. Why won’t you go to a munch?
Whatever reason you may have (and honey, I’ve heard them all), it always boils down to one thing: You’re ashamed.
Pretty it up however you want. You’re ashamed of being submissive, and you’re ashamed of others knowing that you’re submissive. You just can’t bear to have your orientation publicly acknowledged. You can’t bear to have other men know that you’re submissive.
And you all can just fuck right off with that.
Would you like to know what that looks like from our point of view? Would you like to know what you’re saying to us by keeping all of this so goddamn deep in the closet, it might as well be fucking Narnia? I’ll break it down for you.
You’re ashamed of being submissive. Which means you’re ashamed of being the submissive partner in a D/s dynamic. Which means you’re ashamed of a Femdom D/s relationship. Which means you’re ashamed of us, and the dynamic we represent.
Which makes us feel unwanted, and undesirable.
That’s what you’re telling us by refusing to be open (among other kinky people) about your orientation. If you’re ashamed to tell a kinky person that you are submissive, and you’re ashamed to tell a kinky person that you submit to me, then you’re ashamed of me. And there’s nothing you can say to fix that, there are no words to pretty it up.
Now, does that mean I expect you to shout it from the rooftops? No, I don’t shout it from the rooftops. The vanilla folks don’t need to know. Not long ago, Sounder and I went out for drinks, and no one in the bar knew that he’s my sissy. Kazander and I go out, or interact with his family, all the time, and no one ever knows. Steel and I spent three full days together, and transitioned easily from the private dynamic to the public dynamic as needed, and no one knew I own him.
None of them are any less mine, or any less submissive when we’re out among the muggles. But no one knows it. Sure, Steel still wears his collar 24/7 when he’s with me, and Kazander couldn’t take his off if he wanted to (even I can’t take it off without breaking the ring that locks it together). But that’s the only clue, and no one notices. We’re just a regular couple.
I still have expectations of them, of course. They don’t stop being submissive to me when other people are around. But there is no shouting from rooftops.
Even among kinky people, I don’t really broadcast it. If I’m asked, I’ll tell people I’m a Domme, and if it comes up organically in conversation, then alright cool. But I don’t announce, “I’m a Dominant, and look at this guy with me! He’s submissive!”
There’s just no reason for it.
So no, you don’t have to broadcast it. But you can’t be ashamed of it, either. If you’re a submissive man, and you’re looking for a Domme, then grow a fucking pair of balls and go to a munch. Stop hiding behind your computer screen.
The first local group I joined here in town was 90% male Doms and female submissives. Including me, there were 6 Dommes (although one was a lesbian, and not interested in submissive men, so for purposes of this conversation, she doesn’t count).
Would you like to know how many submissive men there were on a regular basis?
Including Kazander, there was one.
One. And that one was Kazander, who was so freaked out, he damn near had a panic attack the first night he went, and he saw one of his coworkers there.
He, like many submissive men, was terrified of what could happen if it got out. But do you want to know what happened with his coworker?
They nodded to each other at the bar, and occasionally engaged in small talk if they were both waiting for drinks at the same time, but that was it. His coworker (a Dom) never outed him, or even mentioned it at work. And Kazander realized that there really isn’t anything to be afraid of, and never had a problem going with me after that.
Submissive men are like unicorns in that group. And when they show up, they’re popular as fuck. Even with Kazander being collared to me, he never wanted for female attention (hell, two of the Dommes have played with him).
How sad is it that a Dominant woman, highly respected in her community, does not have a submissive to serve her, because he doesn’t want to be seen in public as a submissive?
It’s goddamn infuriating. And I cannot speak for all Dommes, but no, I will never settle for a relationship like that. Hell yeah, I said it. And I’ll say it more directly.
If you’re ashamed of “coming out” as a submissive at a kink event, or a place like a munch or play party, then you’re not even remotely good enough for me. If you’re ashamed of being seen in public with me, or introducing me to friends/family/whatthefuckever, for fear that someone will find out, then you’re not even remotely good enough for me.
I’m not a kinky booty call that you keep carefully hidden and separated from every other aspect of your life. I’m better than that, I deserve better than that, and I won’t tolerate anything less. If you can’t be proud to have me in your life, then it’ll take me literally two days to replace you with someone who is proud.
Every Dominant woman deserves that much respect. But that’s what you’re saying to us by hiding behind your computer screen and trying to hide us away.
You’re telling us you’re ashamed of us by being ashamed of yourself, and you’re completely objectifying us by those shitty little copy-and-paste messages you send to every red name on the list, thinking that we’re not intelligent enough to realize what you’re doing.
You may be frustrated that you can’t find a Domme, that you can’t find a woman to take you seriously, but to us, you’re just another horny coward who can’t handle us.
When you can see a Domme as a person, show her the respect she deserves, and can be proud of the place she has in your life, you’ll find a Domme to serve.
Or you can continue half-assing your messages, hiding in your little hole, and wondering why the women you objectify won’t give you the time of day. Let me know how that works out for you.