Sunday, January 18, 2009

MBS Spanko Brunch #157


For this week's brunch, I would like to try something a bit different. A reader recently brought to my attention an advice column that appeared at Salon.com. A young adult woman writes that she has chosen to remain a virgin. Nevertheless, she seeks to experiment with spanking. The resulting advice seems (to me) slightly misguided, but fundamentally correct. I wonder what you think.

What advice would you dispense to this young woman?

To answer our question, simply leave a comment below. Once everyone has had a turn to speak, I will post an edited summary of our discussion.

15 comments :

Janeen said...

Wow, that's really a tough one. Tough because if she does find a spanker who agrees to even a fully clothed OTK spanking (the mildest spanking I can think of) with no sexual strings attached, I'm afraid that it may be very temptimg for her. I'm assuming her interest in spanking is a sexual turn on for her though, so I could be way off here.

I would suggest an older, more experienced spanker, possibly someone who would seem like an authority figure to her, therefore off limits.

I'm afraid though that the experience she's really craving will not manifest itself, and her desires will not be met.

If she is saving her virginity for a future special someone, I really think that until she makes that special connection with someone, and is completely secure and comfortable with the relationship, she will not find that any other spanking situation will fulfill her desires.

In a round about way I'm trying to say, If her virginity is as precious to her as I think it is, then this is of equal importance and should maybe be put off until she finds the intimate fulfilling relationship of the future.

Of course if she already has that relationship, but is perhaps waiting until marriage to consumate the relationship, then as I said earlier, the spanking may be way too tempting.

I feel for her, and wish her the best of luck.

Sorry, it took me so long to make my point. LOL

Janeen :)

btw hello Bonnie, your blog is still top notch, always love reading here. You do such a good job of involving the reader. Can't wait to catch up!

Daisychain said...

OK. I read the question and the answer... I get what she is saying and can identify with it; I read the answer and understood what he was saying but boy did he do it the long way round!!!! What a load of bulls!!!!!
I would say to her, that there is no need to tell every prospective bf that she is a virgin. This excites them and they want to be the one to break her, so to speak. Best to keep that to herself; if they are only dating her to get laid, thats their prob when she says, no, as long as she has not been leading them on! She should date carefully, take things slowly, and not even get them into sexy convos till she has confidence in the strength of the relationship. As for spanking; I would say, curb those desires till she has a steady partner she trusts. She is not averse to petting, it seems, but does not want full sex till she is in a very committed relationship. I am 51 this year, and have always lived that way too.... hence, only ever known my husband intimately, and my new fiance, so its possible!
The time to tell a man she is a virgin, I would say, is when they are committed to each other, and the subject comes up. He will be chuffed she waited, and that he is considered the "worthy man". xxx

Daisychain said...

Sorry, a PS concerning spanking...

I think spanking is even more personal and intimate than sex; it is easy for this desire/need to be misunderstood, or for two people's ideas to be way different as to what constitutes a spanking.
Much trust is needed between people who wish to incorporate spanking into their lives, and it brings an intimacy that may not have ever been there, even with years of living together! Very good communication is needed, and boy, so many married couples never TALK to each other!! OK, I'm done, sorry to take up so much of your column, Bonnie! xxx

Hermione said...

Hi Bonnie,

The young lady states that when she is physically involved she also becomes emotionally involved. Spanking produces just as much physical involvement as intercourse, so she shouldn't count on being able to remain detached. Also, losing her virginity to a caring person with whom she has a relationship is a lot different from losing it to a stranger who gets her drunk then takes advantage. As an aside, finding out if a companion is interested in spanking prior to making a commitment is as important as ensuring compatibility in other ways.

I would suggest that if she truly wants to experience spanking only, she should consider an older, experienced top, and lay out the ground rules right at the start. As for how to find such a person, attending a spanking party might provide the opportunity.

Kallisto said...

Hi Bonnie--some good comments already. I also thought a spanking party might be the answer. Barring that, I think she might be wise to wait, as she doesn't seem to realize just how erotic spanking can be.

Tiggs said...
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Anonymous said...

As people have said, TALKING it over is crucial. The advive guy @ Salon.com missed the mark because she may be able to find a sensative top with whom she could reach some understanding. Perhaps mutual masturbation after the spanking session would satisfy all parties while keeping her virginity intact. But something more needs to be said. As a school teacher, I mentor a student teacher every semester. It gives me a good indication of the mindset of early twenty-something women. I've been amazed at how many of these women think that giving head and even receiving anal sex does not constitute "sex." So virginity is an open-ended term that needs defining.
I'd tell her to take it one small step at a time, and to enjoy the journey.
Jean Marie

Andrades Girl said...

Hi Bonnie:
What a fascinating and complex question. I wish the person who wrote the question could come here and read all of the great answers that you have gotten already. A few questions come to my mind..what does it mean for her to remain a virgin? She says she likes kissing and touching, but touching is a very generic answer. Does it mean all other forms of sex but not intercourse? Does she want to experience the spanking only for discipline and not at all for the sensory and erotic feel of it? For me (and I am not speaking for anyone else) even tho I am very interested in the discipline side of spankings, I don't think I could separate out the erotic nature of a spanking especially if the panties are removed. I think Hermiones advice is excellent. Finding an older experienced man who will just spank her might really help start this journey. I also think she needs to do some more research, read some spanking stories, find some spanking blogs, and read some articles of yours.
Thanks for sharing
Take care,
Andrades Girl

Zille said...

Oh, wow, that poor woman!

I was sort of going along with that advice during the whole “carrying a bottle of nitroglycerin through the streets of Pamplona during the running of the bulls” thing, and his take was interesting on how guys deal with becoming the physically superior of the sexes (I’ll have to ask my Master if he agrees or not) but when I got to the long rant about how dangerous power exchange play is, I just got increasingly annoyed.

Has this guy never heard of BDSM (either Safe Sane and Consensual or Risk-Aware Consensual Kink)?! I mean, there’s a huge community in the US alone which has been set up to take power exchange activities like spanking, and make them less like a kid playing with fire, and more like an adult making a fire in a fireplace (still a risk of burning down your house, but you have been taught how to make it as safe as possible – I could take the comparison further by saying that, if you don’t clean out your chimney it’s the same risk – i.e. more likely to burn down the house – as not being self-aware and cleaning out your and emotional baggage before you do kinky activities).

I would advise this gal to hie herself down to the local BDSM group! Learn about how communication is taught and stressed in BDSM relationships, and then look for someone who wants to spank her, but is okay with not getting sex in the mix. (Is she okay with blow-jobs, I wonder, because that could fix a lot of problems!) Note that she wouldn’t even have to date someone in “the scene,” once she had learned the ways that BDSM folk have learned to communicate their desires and dislikes (and their emotional boundaries, and lots of other handy things!) then she could explain those things to potentially anyone she liked, and if they “got it,” they would be much safer to run around with whole “carrying a bottle of nitroglycerin.”

Hells, this man didn’t even mention safewords, which is just an amazing concept, and has spilled over from the BDSM community to other kinky communities, even a number of vanilla people have know about it.

So, to me, this gal’s problem isn’t at all involving nitroglycerin or bulls – it’s easily fixed by dating people who will use safewords, and who have learned how to communicate their desires – i.e., many of the people in the BDSM community – or just learning from the BDSMers how to have your virginity and have kinky play, too!

Tiggs said...

Hi Bonnie,

I can't help but agree that she should wait, at least until she has a trusted friend whom she could ask to spank her. Trust and limits are the two biggest factors in making spanking (and sex, too) a good thing. And they are also the two things that can destroy the beauty of it all.

Communication is also necessary, open communication from both parties involved, so each person knows and respects implicitly the rights and wants of the other. Without that, it simply isn't worth the risks!

But trust issues are big for me right now out here in cyberia, as you can easily see by my post today. So this question raised now, in this way, just sent up big flashing warning signs! Maybe bigger than usual, but I think I'd still have replied the same way on any other day.

Just my two-cents, for what it's worth!

Hugs, big ones!
Tiggs

jothemama said...

Load of bulls, ha!

I think the idea of experimenting with someone she knows and trusts is good.

Not sure about all the dire rape warnings though.

I'm also a bit mystified by the idea that there is casual sex with drunken strangers, or sex with the man you marry, and no middle ground?

What about long term relationships that don't lead to marriage? This is a good way to get to know yourself.

I think what she's talking about can lead to divorce... practicing relationships is good.

Lucy said...

This is actually a very timely topic for me. About a year after Jekyll and I split up I met Simon online. We talked for a while and agreed to meet. I realized that although spanking is obviously a sexual turn on for me I had no desire to take this relationship into a sexual realm. We met several times and didn't go any farther than spanking. We got along well as friends, which I think helped, but it definitely felt like something was missing when it ended there. I am still a virgin and while I don't necessarily intended to stay that way long term, I have no intention of losing it to someone that I'm in such a casual relationship with.

With Jekyll we were so young that it was perfectly acceptable to "do everything but." The relationship also started as vanilla so spanking wasn't an issue when we first met.

I would say that it is possible to experience spanking without sex, but for people with a sexual interest in spanking one tends to lead to the other, or at the very least makes us wish we could have sex. I would say if does decide to pursue this to be careful and make sure that it is understood that sex is not part of the bargain.

Indy said...

I agree with the advice to seek a local spanking group or to go to a spanking party. While I'm sure sex goes on behind the scenes at such parties, it is emphatically not the default option. Attending such parties and talking to experienced female tops would be a good way for the questioner to identify appropriate tops for her.

Going to such a party would provide an education for the columnist, too.

The older, experienced top option isn't a bad idea in itself, but she should proceed cautiously. There are plenty of self-appointed "experts" out there whose counsel is definitely best avoided.

Texringer said...

Daisychain said my thoughts very well: "As for spanking; I would say, curb those desires till she has a steady partner she trusts." I really think this aspect of sex needs to wait until she's ready for more basic aspects with the right partner.

Before my husband-to-be agreed to try spanking with me, I spent some time looking for a non-sexual spanker (looking for a disciplinarian to help keep me on my gym schedule). I don't think there is such a critter. Most of the spankers I "auditioned," so to speak were (reasonably, I admit) sexually aroused by the experience and I wasn't in a situation to participate in that with them. Others who professed to be just the disciplinarian, were all 'way too into serious BDSM, so that didn't work, either.

Hard as it is to wait for something you really want, I'd advise our young woman to find the right partner first, then explore spanking.

Thoughtful Spanker said...

In a few ways I agree with the answer he gave. While it doesn't show a lot of understanding of the people we as a group interact with, his advice and comparisons just might apply to a male outside our little circle.

I think he should have hooked her up with one or more of the blogs on your blogroll.

Reading and taking things through with experienced spankees and spankers would provide a wealth of information to her.

And I have to agree with Texringer, disconnecting the erotic element from spanking is a difficult and at least for me frustrating endeavor.

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