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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Art of Negotiation

Over the last few months, I've seen a lot of discussion on negotiation in BDSM relationships. This process seems to be fascinating to some, like it's a new concept, but isn't this what happens in any relationship? Or maybe I should say, isn't this what should happen in any relationship?

Whenever I research a topic, I like to go back to the basics. So what does negotiation mean exactly? According to the dictionary, negotiation is: mutual discussion and arrangement of the terms of a transaction or agreement.

Seems pretty simple, right? Both parties talk and find common ground.

In vanilla (non BDSM) relationships, this process is often lumped in the 'getting to know you' category. But should it be?

Negotiation is one concept where I feel those that practice BDSM tend to get it right more than those in more conventional relationships. Because of the exaggerated dynamics that can usually be found in BDSM relationships, expectations are clearly laid out and discussed in most cases. What does each party want out of the relationship? Do they desire something long term or short term? What are eaches hard limits (things they are not willing to do). What do they want to try, experience?

In vanilla relationships this can be anything from getting married to children to career goals for each partner. These same things are often on the negotiating table of a BDSM relationship as well, but it goes a step farther than that. Not many vanilla couples I know talk about their expectations of each other in the bedroom. Many times, sex is allowed to develop 'naturally'. The problem with this, however, is that the partners can't read each other's minds.

So what does negotiation mean in a relationship, BDSM or otherwise? It can actually mean a great many things. There are some couples out there that write everything down. In BDSM, this is known as a contract. Others take a less clinical approach and discuss things on a regular bases with open communication. If one partner is interested in trying something new, they bring it up to the other partner, maybe do some research, and then decide as a couple if it's something they want to persue.

How about you? How do you and your partner address new facets to your relationship? Do you have a specific time and place for discussion? Do you have a contract that lays everything out?

1 comment:

  1. to be honest i am in BDSM have been for the past 2 plus years its not easy to find the one Master to who Y/you can find common ground i have been i both Gorean & BDSM type lifestyles in a game called second life but have done some in rl too mostly had been done on cam i have had long term but i was vanilla when married for near 8 years but it was not of BDSM or Gor related & to be honest rather have that than a vanilla ttype lifestyle lol guess it is because of my nature of wanting to please & try to do what is asked of me rather than the push & pull one has when just married & i guess Y/you could say a normal type relationship lol but to me normal is BDSM / Gor related Bdsm is not like Gorean it is very different though smiles & i hope to get this book smiles hopes i can get it next month but for now have a sample of it in my pc kindle for reading & buying it