Psychological Play? Or Abuse?
On October 11th, I will be talking to Sue Storm, host of In Bed with Dr Sue. We will be talking about a few topics, but they are all related. They deal with motive.
Humiliation Play is a form of psychological play where the Top intentionally degrades the bottom. Ideally, the bottom should also be getting something out of this. (I can tell you, I find degradation and humiliation to be empowering.)
Some bottoms, however, will engage in this deep and dark form of play for the wrong reasons and come out the other side in a poorer place than they started. Did they enter into the scene or relationship with the right motive? This is a topic that should be discussed (and will be). For this conversation, I will be wearing my s-type hat and our guest, who is a former professional dominatrix, will bring the Top’s perspective.
This then, naturally, brings up the question … What is the difference between psychological abuse and a psychological play scene? Or, the difference between manipulation (which can come from either side of the slash) and ethical BDSM?
We will look at:
- Gaslighting – what is it?
- And, since either side can be manipulative, Topping from the bottom (which I see as a bottom attempting to manipulate the Top to their bidding)
About Sue Storm and Camille Beaujolie
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