Tomorrow, I am going to be attending a collaring ceremony in Second Life. I have permission from in-world to cover the event for this blog, including taking photos of the lucky couple!
At any rate, I’ve never been to one of these, so I can’t say for sure exactly what it’s going to entail. Is there an exchanging of vows during the ceremony, or any other profession of commitment, for example? We’ll see. From what I can gather, it’s a proceeding during which the master/mistress formally takes ownership of the submissive partner. And in my initial opinion, it’s a romantic public expression and acknowledgement of the dom-sub dynamic in the relationship.
I am sometimes astonished at how many users engage in BDSM-oriented relationships in Second Life. But I guess the relative prevalence of these sorts of bonds is not so mind-boggling when you consider the sexual repression a lot of people in the physical world are subjected to, whether it be by law, by misguided personal choice, because of twisted religious convictions, or whatever.
I wonder what the numbers would be like if you were to compare the amount of people enjoying BDSM in Second Life with those who are participating in such pleasures in real life. I think it’s safe to say there would be a big imbalance in the numbers. And you probably already know which realm of human existence would boast the higher total.
People always talk about what lofty/altruistic goals virtual worlds could achieve: fostering world peace, serving as an educational tool, etc. I say that one of the greatest contributions virtual worlds could make is serving as a place for positive sexual experimentation — a sort of ‘sandbox’ for lust that can provide some encouragement for users to take with them into the real world, as well as help them become more acclimated and comfortable with regard to their darker desires.
In this sense, virtual worlds can help boost the numbers of people in the physical world who are fully comfortable exploring and expressing their more base erotic urges, such as consensually beating and mistreating their sexual partners. Hey, then maybe we’d even have world peace as a residual effect because more people would feel less inclined to be ill-tempered, thanks to their cathartic outlet.
So, yeah, the sub (bride?) tells me she has a beautiful dress picked out for tomorrow’s occasion. I wonder what her master has in mind in terms of his own appearance.
Related reading: To have, to love and to beat.
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