Conscious explorations of sex and desire… and the story of my journey into kink and BDSM

Some of the most powerful scenes in my first book (Appetite) are also the scenes hardly anyone talks about. Scenes where a married woman is masturbating because a half-stranger tells her to, scenes where she speaks of her desire and where she sees, for the first time, the expansive, terrifying depths of desire that she has within herself. This desire feels like something that can and will overwhelm her - a force that cannot be contained.

Like Naomi, I had, before the age of 40, rarely thought much about sex. I thought that was normal and okay. I did not think about it much because I did not know there was something TO think about. I was happy enough with what I had, content in that I did not know that I was missing anything. I was experiencing a frequent sense of unease and distress but I always attributed that to everything OTHER than monogamy and my sex life. Why would it be the fault of the two things that I had never really consciously thought about, the two things I did not even know I COULD think about… 

Then, as I was writing the book, I came across some images that sparked my desire and I began my own, firstly very unconscious, and now very conscious exploration of desire as well as of a sexual dynamic referred to as power exchange, Dominant/submissive, or D/s*. DS also being part of BDSM (bondage, Domination, Submission/sadism, Masochism).

In an effort to improve understanding of BDSM as well as support those interested in exploring, I have decided to write a few pieces about these experiences.

My story is here.

And my thoughts and considerations re consciously exploring sex and desires are here.

Please start where suits you best but I do suggest that the thoughts and considerations are read first :)

*D/s means Dominant/submissive and is part of BDSM (also known as kink). BDSM means: Bondage, Domination, Submission/Sadism, Masochism. These words are often heavily loaded by our cultures and mean different things to different people. There are some great resurrect outing the long history of kink and there is a growing body of medical and psychological evidence that those who practice kink in some form are mentally and emotionally healthier than those who do not.

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