In-Person Interaction

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I was chatting with someone, and she said she never goes to munches. Not long after that, she said she wished she could figure out how to meet people. She did not see the irony in this at all.

I know that OkCupid and a few other dating sites have started to add options to let people know that you are into kink. And, I know that Fetlife is technically somewhere that you could “meet people” if you just went around stalking profiles.

However, I’ve always found in-person interaction to be the best way to meet people. For us kinky folks, we can go to any public dungeons in our area, or attend munches and play parties. But, even for vanilla people, all they have to do is get a hobby like hiking of knitting and then go to group events. I actually met a few people that I have dated though D&D (which has a surprisingly high percentage of kinksters involved.)

There’s a few reasons that in-person interactions are best, and I want to talk about them.

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Number One: Pheromones 

This is going to sound weird, but if you’re a female, you probably base a lot of your feelings of attraction on genetic compatibility. On a subconscious level, a women breaths in pheromones from a man and is more attracted to them if they are a better genetic match.

Have you ever had that guy that you totally hated, but you couldn’t stop having sex with him? This is why. And it’s also why the guy that is perfect for you in every way might not make you wet and horny.

Men are not able to detect genetic compatibility in this way, but they certainly feel more attracted to women who are attracted to them. So, sometimes a man will think “I don’t know why but I just can’t get enough of her.” This is usually because you can sense her sexual desire.

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Number Two: Looking Them in the Face

Another reason that meeting people in person is better is that you can see their faces. You shallow people are going to think that I mean you can make sure that they’re hot, but that’s not where I am going with this. I think physical attraction is highly subjective.

The real reason you want to see someone’s face is so that you can ask pointed questions and see if they are lying. Very few people can hide their feelings well, and when you say “I think Trump is the worst President in history,” you’ll see them flinch if they’re some MAGA psychopath. Then you know to walk away.

It’s easier for people to lie (or at least avoid the question) in text. So if you’re wasting time chatting in a messaging program for weeks, you’re probably not even getting an accurate picture of the person on the other side of the phone.

 

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Number Three: Waste Less Time

Another great thing about in-person interaction is that it happens faster. Let’s assume that you have to talk to twenty people before you find one that you like (or thirty for the really picky.) This can take forever if you text for months while working up to a first date.

Even worse, if you spend months texting with someone before you meet them, you may feel obligated when you do meet to “give the relationship a try” even if there’s no chemistry. That means wasting even more time in a bad relationship that’s going nowhere.

Meanwhile, if you talk to someone at a munch and you’re not into it, you can just excuse yourself and go talk to someone else. There’s no time and effort invested, so it’s not a horrible tragedy if it doesn’t work out.

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Number Four: Friends Help You

It also helps to make friends. When you go to an in-person event, it’s possible that you’ll meet people who you’re not attracted to, but whom you like anyway.

You might say: I thought we were talking about dating; what does making friends have to do with that? I think it has a lot to do with it.

When you make friends, those people tend to know other people. They might not be the one for you, but they might know the person who is. Networking is the best way to get anything you really want, after all.

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Number Five: Screening 

Think of meeting people in person as a screening process. You look around the room, and you see a guy wearing a Trilby. Those have become code for hipsters and incels, so you can be pretty safe in avoiding that person.

Maybe you see a guy in a suit and you think: “Arg, I don’t want to be with someone who tries that hard. I want to wear sweatpants.”

Maybe you see a guy in sweatpants and think: “Eww, I take care of myself and I want someone else who does.”

All I’m saying is, people tend to airbrush their dating profile photos and hide their flaws online. Flaws are harder to hide in person. So, you can think of an in-person meetup as a chance to screen the people in your area quickly and realistically.

You probably want to avoid the guy who can’t make eye contact. You likely won’t be into the guy who smells bad. And let’s all admit that guys add a few inches online, but they’re always shorter in person. If you meet at a munch, you’ll know if they’re actually taller than you, and if they’re not, you can judge how insecure they are about it in real time.

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The Point: Our Generation Forgot How to Date

It’s not our fault. The Internet marketed dating sites to us since we were kids. We all thought you were supposed to meet people online. I understand that. But I like to think of meeting people as a two-step process. First you find the online community where your sort of people hang out, and then you go to a meetup.

After all, if you meet a guy at the grocery story, he’ll probably be one of those folks who refuses to flog you because “he doesn’t want to hurt you” or thinks anal sex means something going in your butt instead of his. Vanillas are everywhere and they’re no fun at all.

Therefore, you want to narrow it down to an online community that you like where you know that people will have similar interests to you. Then, you want to actually go to a meetup and assess your options in person.

Is it a pain in the ass? Yes! Does dating suck a fat bag of dicks? Yes!

However, we’re social creatures and we’re just better off when we have cuddles and stuff. So, get out and do something! Find your people! And then find the one person (or people) among your crowd that you can connect with.

It’s still the best way to find love.

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I Don’t Feel Like Prancing

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I have moved to a new place, and I should be out getting to know people. However, I’ve been battling some pretty serious health issues lately, and I just haven’t had the energy. (I’m really old.)

Being laid up gives you time to scroll. I do spend time reading and doing things that are better for me, but I spend more time than I should scrolling. It makes me think about how saddened I am by the BDSM community (and the world at large) these days. There’s just so much attention-seeking, and everyone is fighting for “likes” and “shares” and validation.

We didn’t used to be like that.

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I hate to be that shitty old person who is like “Things were better in my day…” But a meetup back when I was younger was more about talking to like-minded people and sharing a connection over our mutual freakishness. I loved that.

Now, you go to a meetup and there’s a bunch of people just assessing you as “fuckable” or “not fuckable” and there’s so much less productive conversation. I don’t even think it’s generational. It’s older kinksters at these meetups too. I think it’s just what we’ve become.

It’s like everyone is out to commodity every relationship in some way and see what value the other person can have or what validation they can give.

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I’m not touchy-feely as a rule (probably due to being raped- which really did put me off strangers.) But when I spoke at this convention a couple years ago, everyone there was really upset by my standoffishness. They’ve reduced the concept of “connection” to touching, which is not at all the same thing.

I’m tired of feeling like the only thing going on in the kink space is a meat market full of peacocks.

I don’t know… I guess I’m just not looking forward to doing it all again. I’m too exhausted to smile and validate people and act like I care what they think of me. Why don’t we have munches for those of us who are deeply cynical, don’t care about attention or validation, and who just want to bullshit with other freaks? I don’t feel like putting on my slut-costume and prancing right now, so can we just hang out and chat?

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Munches and Thoughts

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I have had some time now to rest and relax, and to reflect on my trip.

I had to cram a lot of things into far too small an amount of time, so I was only able to make it to two kink events.

Sydney Board Game Munch

I want to say that the Sydney Board Game Munch was fabulous, and it really helped me get an idea of what the scene there is like. Plus, I played two new games; Joking Hazard and Ticket to Ride. Both were a lot of fun! It’s wonderful to be around kinky geeks because we all have so many little quirks in common, and I feel so much less strange around other people who are kinky and geeky.

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Second, the Sydney monthly munch was nice, and I wish I could have stayed longer. It was really delightful to be around kinky people again, and to be able to talk about kinky things. I played a game of BDSM Jenga, which I hadn’t done since Korea. That was a lot of fun. And, I talked up my books and passed out business cards.

All The Gratitude 

I had spoken to a guy named Kinky Panda online before I came, and it was wonderful to meet him and to hear his thoughts on kink, Australia, and everything else. Plus, he introduced me around a little to other people, so I didn’t feel like a stranger in a room of cliques I wasn’t part of.

By the way, that is something that I think a lot of people overlook- making a connection before you go somewhere.

It’s important because kinky folks are often secretive. This is justified, because being “outed” can ruin someone’s life. Therefore, being mindful of that is important when traveling. Join some groups and chat with some people before you go to a new spot. Ask to be introduced around at events. It really helps.

I was glad that I had put in the effort, and that I had lucked out and met a really cool person who knew everyone. So if you are reading this, thank you Kinky Panda. You are the bomb!

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The Bad News

However, it was not all sunshine and roses.

Being around a community again also reminded me of some of the bullshit that you have to deal with. I guess I had completely forgotten that stuff. It’s amazing how isolation makes things fade away from the forefront of your mind.

Yet, you have to remember that I did spend twenty years in the community before I came to Guam. And, it turns our that memory floods back quite quickly with the right trigger.

My time with the Sydney kink community inspired me to want to tell you a few things that I think need to be said more often. But, don’t take this as a reflection on Australia! This stuff applies to every community I have been in, in South Korea, France, the USA, etc…

Again, I want to emphasize that I loved the Sydney community and I loved Australia. BUT I also remembered some old gripes that my subconscious has had a lot of time to turn over and think about since I have been forced to live in solitude the last four years.

So, here goes:

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1. Do not criticize events unless you are planning to pay for, create, and promote your own. This awful woman at the board game munch went on and on about how she was tired of seeing rigging work at kink parties. After awhile, I really wanted to scream in her face for being such a whiny downer when she has never planned a single party.

I have planned parties with burlesque dancers and had people complain that they wanted rigging. I have planned parties with rigging and had people complain that they wanted bands. I have planned parties with bands and had people complain that they wanted parties with scenes. And, I have planned parties with scenes only to have people bitch that there were no dancers.

Look: unless you have something constructive to say (Example: I like burlesque dancers, but I think instead of a stage with entertainment I would prefer a vendor area) then keep your mouth shut. And you know what? Even if you have something constructive to say: Say it nicely. We promoters work hard for you!

Planning events is a thankless job. I never made much money at it (and what I did I always put straight back into the scene.) I just did it because I wanted to be able to go to good parties, and there weren’t already good parties going on. So, I made some. And I really don’t think that people who just show up to things and whine add anything to the world. I think they are just soul-sucking harpies without an ounce of happiness inside them.

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2. Do not make generalizations because it makes you sound like an asshole. The same loud (and quite rude) woman who was whining about events basically said that all riggers are rapists. She went on and on about it.

When I said that I had never raped anyone and I didn’t think it was a fair thing to say, she simply carried on with her stream of vitriol towards anyone who does rope work (now I am often too lazy to bother with rope, but I do know how to do rope work and I do think it is a beautiful art form.)

The thing about people who want to attack an entire section of the community and slander them with lies is that their words do not reflect on the people they are talking about. Nothing that Angry Girl said about riggers in any way affected my opinion of the rope community in Sydney. What it did affect was my opinion of the girl saying the nasty things. I found her to be bitter and mean. Her words made her look horrible, and thereby improved my opinion of riggers in Sydney considerably. I now think that they must be fabulous people, because a really terrible woman doesn’t like them.

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3. And finally: Kink is an orientation. Those of us who are kinky were born this way, and it is not something that we can change. To say that we don’t have to be this way is to not really understanding what kink is. If you think that kink is not an orientation, then you don’t belong among us.

It is just like those men who say that doing certain things will “turn you gay.” You know what I mean. All those pastors who claim that men listening to Taylor Swift or watching Frozen will turn them gay. Those men only think that because they are already gay, and they are lashing out at the things that make them feel like having sex with men (which is most things since they are already gay.)

If you think kink is not an orientation, that is only because it is not your orientation. Maybe you think you are into kink because you like shemales or furries. But if you don’t understand that kink is an orientation, then you are not really one of us. You have just someone who has a fetish.

Because, if you were kinky, you would know that it is how we are. I feel it in my bones. It is as much a part of who I am as my sexual orientation, and I couldn’t change it if I wanted to.

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In conclusion:

I really did have a good time in Sydney, and I am glad that I went to some munches while I was there. However, it did remind me that some people in the community just suck. It’s a shame, but it is how it is. They make drama, criticize instead of create, and generally ruin everything that others work hard to build. And the worst part is that they think their shitty attitudes are good for the community because they think everyone needs to hear what they have to say in order for things to get better.

This is a lie.

Things in a community get better when people STOP bitching and moaning, and start doing actual things.

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You are either the person who says that riggers are rapists and that they are the worst people in the community, or you are the person that learns Shibari and puts on beautiful displays for your fellow kinksters.

You are either the person who whines that events are not good enough and that you don’t like the entertainment, or you are the person that plans events and does the best you can to make them awesome.

You are either the person who creates drama and is mean to new people, or you are the person who keeps a blog and helps new kinksters to learn about BDSM.

Don’t be the shitty person. If your life sucks and you are miserable and bitter, fine. But keep that toxic shit to yourself. When you whine and bitch, it doesn’t say anything about the people and things you complain about; it says something about you. No one likes the person who complains all the time. No one wants to be around that person, and no one values that person’s opinion.

I would urge all of you to be the change that you want to see in the world. That is how we have a good community.

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Munches

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My favorite munch that I ever went to was in Portland. We got together to make ginger bread houses. I had actually never made a ginger bread house before, and I really had fun with it. The person throwing the munch had arranged to buy kits for each of us and candy (which we reimbursed her for) and everyone brought snacks to make it kind of a pot luck.

It is still a really cool memory because I like to try new things, enjoy pleasant conversation with new people, and feel accomplished at the end of it all.

I have not ever made a ginger bread house since, but I am really glad to say that I was able to do it once in my life. And it was even with cool people!

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So my husband and I are going on vacation, and I was trying to think of somewhere to have a munch while on our trip. I looked at the Raccoon cafe (only two sad little raccoons) and all the bars and restaurants I like, but here’s the problem with that:

It’s loud in a restaurant, bar, or club.

I always felt like the point of a munch was to talk to people and get to know them. I thought it was to introduce friends, and make new friends.

It’s hard to do that in a loud and crowded environment.

Anyway, it made me think of how I would rather go hike to a temple and sit around in a circle chatting than go to a bar and scream over music.

What is your favorite place to hold a munch?

 

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Be Welcoming

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Someone I care about is going through a break up.

On the one hand, that always sucks. No one wants to see people they care about in pain.

On the other hand, he’s always been interested in kink. And, his wife of nine years was not. In time, this break up might end up being an opportunity to explore more of himself.

At least, that’s what I hope.

The problem is that he doesn’t know anyone in his town who is into the kink scene, and he’s nervous about going to a munch by himself.

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I am so used to stopping in new places and being excited to pop in to a munch and meet new kinksters. I don’t think of them as scary; I think of them as a social affair.

However, I had to step back and think about my first kink event.

I was nervous. I didn’t know anyone, and I went by myself. At first, no one talked to me. I just hung out in the corner of the coffee shop and just watched people talking.

However, I went again the next week and the one after that. Eventually people did talk to me, and I started to make friends.


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I guess I just wanted to remind everyone that we all had a first munch. We all had those nervous feelings about jumping from fantasy to reality. The experience is universal, and it is something that we should all try to remember when we see a newbie at a munch.

Remember your first time. And when you see someone new, go say hello. Be friendly and be welcoming. Our community can always do with new members, and you never know what amazing new person you might meet.

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Reaching Out

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My husband and I are planning a trip to South Korea in October as a vacation. We are always interested in meeting new and interesting people, so if you are going to be in South Korea in the last two weeks of October, let me know and we’ll plan to meet up.

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When we travel, we always try to go to kink places in that area, so if anyone is aware of a fetish club in Korea, let us know. We have been to Club Desire, and to hook up clubs, but a dungeon would be lovely.

Also, we will try to attend at least one munch while we are there.

Obviously we are going for vacation, so we’ll be hiking in Seoraksan and visiting Jeju Loveland and such, but it’s important to us to try and work a little kink into every vacation. So if you have ideas, let us know!

(As always, if you are planning a trip to Guam, let us know!)

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Of Ginger Bread and Holiday Cheer

This is my first ever ginger bread house

This is my first ever ginger bread house

In my life, I have planned a lot of kink events. I am currently trying to organize a play party during my upcoming trip to South Korea (as an example.) And from fetish proms to munches, it’s often hard to figure out how to entertain people.

Well Friday I went to a fetlife munch in Portland where we made ginger bread houses. I missed America (it is my home after all!) And I really missed American holidays. I can not tell you how exciting it has been to be here for carving a pumpkin on Halloween, eating turkey on Thanksgiving, and now making a ginger bread house for Christmas.

This is not to say that Chuseok and Lunar New Year weren’t fun. They were. Korean holidays are lovely and there are beautiful cultural experiences to be had all over the world. But in the end, there really is no place like home for the holidays.

Anyway, this was one of the cooler munches I have been to and I thought it was a really awesome idea, so I had to share. Maybe others will see this post and get inspired to throw their own ginger bread house munch someday.

Happy Holidays to all the kinksters out there!

All the pretty houses together

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