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Why do you want to be a slave?

CommentaryThis is a reprint of a column sent out by NCSF as part of their news release service. Posted here for the information of the community


Control Tower
Tell Me Why
BY MISTRESS MATISSE


I get a lot of letters from people who tell me they want to be a BDSM slave. Sometimes they want to be my slaveóa position I'm not currently looking to fillóbut more often than not they're asking for general advice on how to find a master or mistress. I always ask them the same question: Why do you want to be a slave?

I ask them because, in spite of what MySpace profiles would lead you to believe, the word "slave" is not just a generic term for any kinky person who likes to be the one wearing the handcuffs.
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Sorry Manners:Civility and Incivility in the Scene by Chris M (Black Rose) and Lady Medora (NOPE) Part II

CommentaryWhy Do We Do It?

In fairness, we don't want to suggest that leatherfolk are inherently rude people. The scene, as wonderful as it can be, contains many subtle and seldom discussed "stress factors" that contribute to uncivil behavior. Like water over a stone, these stress factors wear on the nerves year after year, thus setting the stage for impatience, irritation, depression, and the empathy deficit we have already discussed. These are the rudeness-producing rudeness that prompts retaliatory rudeness in return.
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Sorry Manners:Civility and Incivility in the Scene by Chris M (Black Rose) and Lady Medora (NOPE) Part I

CommentarySorry Manners:
Civility and Incivility
in the Scene

by Chris M (Black Rose) and Lady Medora (NOPE) Part I
[copyrighted by the authors, used with permission]

One of the most grave and inexplicable problems facing our community in general is the continued presence of downright rudeness. It takes many forms: gossip, arrogance, slander, ingratitude, interpersonal cruelty, rumor mongering, the propensity to snub, shun or belittle, a refined sensitivity to slight paired with strident disregard for how one's actions and words effect others.
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How to Play Well with Others by Philip the Foole

Commentary Everyone is apprehensive about attending their first play party. Here are a few (completely unofficial) thoughts and suggestions for "how to play well with others."
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Leather vs BDSM

Commentary "Leather" vs. "BDSM"
by
"philip_the_foole"

This a response I wrote recently to a novice member of a "BDSM" group who asked me whether hets would be welcome at a "Leather" event. Perhaps other newcomers who are not familiar with the historical background of these terms might find it useful.

This is one person's perspective. If you ask two "venerable community elders" (old farts) for the history of these terms, you will get (at least) three different answers
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Workshop from LLC2005

CommentaryThis is a workshop which was presented at LLC 2005. It is posted here for the information of the community with the permission of the presenter. Comments are welcome and invited.
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LLC Addresses

Events The keynote and endnote addresses from LLC IX can be found on the LLC website

www.leatherleadership.org

something of interest to those in the community who were not able to attend.