A submissives journey




Chapter 1
The Asj Community

Chapter 2
Resource Information 



Chapter 3
Subbie's Couch


Chapter 4
The Dom's Lounge

Chapter 5

 The Library




Chapter 6



Chapter 7

 Useful Links




Chapter 8
Members share their thoughts



Chapter 9

 Members Only




Chapter 10
Asj's Site Index



Chapter 11
Asj's Book Store




Chapter 12
Recommended Reading List









What is a D/s relationship?

 D/s is short for “Dominant submissive”.  The essential elements of a Dominant submissive (D/s) relationship are that One of the participants be Dominant, and one submissive.  There are only three rules that must be adhered to in a Dominant submissive or power exchange relationship:


Safe:  The relationship and activities must be physically and emotionally safe for both Dominant and submissive.  Even “edge play” must fall within the boundaries of safety.


Sane:  The relationship and activities must fall within generally accepted norms of sanity.  Anything outside those norms would ultimately result in a lack of safety.  Certainly, there are those that enjoy “insane” activities, but they fall outside the boundaries of what is considered D/s.


Consensual:  Both Dominant and submissive must agree to each aspect of the relationship, and the activities within it.  And in order to give consent, O/one must be fully informed of the activity, it’s potential dangers, and give a fully informed consent.


The specifics regarding the relationship are highly personal, unique and will vary from relationship to relationship.  But as a general rule of thumb, most Dominant submissive (D/s) relationships are characterized by several elements.


First, the submissive determines what part of his/her life to offer as a gift to the Dominant.  The Dominant in turn accepts that gift.  There has to be a balance here, and effective communication is essential.  The gift of submission MUST be equal to that which is accepted.  If the submissive offers more than the Dominant wishes to accept, there will be an imbalance.  The submissive will have unmet needs that the Dominant does not wish to fulfill and will ultimately result in unhappiness for B/both.  If the Dominant accepts more than the submissive offers, there will also be unhappiness for submission that is not offered can not be taken.  The submissive will be resentful that the effort is being made to take what has not been offered, and the Dominant will be frustrated at not being allowed to Dominate that part of the submissive's life.



Did you know, the Asj Community hosts ‘Dominant submissive and BDSM Lifestyle Classes and Discussions’ here online every Sunday evening at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.  The Classes and Discussions are open to all and Free to attend.  Visit our Members Only Pages for more information, or click any of our “Member/Visitor support” icons to ask for more information.

Communication is an ever present theme in any kind of relationship, but is even more essential to a D/s relationship.  Y/you will see and hear of this theme of communication throughout any discussion on D/s.  And in this instance, both the Dominant and submissive must be on the same page, E/each understanding exactly what submission is offered and accepted, and negotiating until that balance and understanding is achieved.


Most Dominant submissive relationships, but not all, also include some form of BD/SM (Bondage  Discipline, Sadism & Masochism).  Again, communication is essential in determining Y/your compatibility in these activities.  There are wonderful BDSM worksheets available online  that Y/you can exchange.  Negotiate interests where necessary, but My experience has been that Y/you should resolve to find O/one with very similar interests from the start.


Beyond these two generalizations, a dominant submissive relationship (D/s) is whatever Y/you want it to be.  Watching, reading, learning and discovering Y/yourself and with Y/your O/one is a wonderful experience.  Enjoy it.  Pick and choose what works for Y/you, and incorporate it into Y/your lifestyle.  Remember, it is Y/your life and Y/your relationship, not A/anyone E/else’s.  Make it personal, make it unique, make it Y/yours.



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