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BDSM 101: Discovering Submission

BDSM Submissive Dominant Rough Hair Pull Power Exchange Empowerment Julieta Chiara SDC
BDSM Submissive Dominant Rough Hair Pull Power Exchange Empowerment Julieta Chiara SDC
How did you find out you were a submissive? One small act showed Julieta the power of submission and the balance it gives her life.

As a young sub, my life has been thrilled with many thrilling moments exploring who I am in the BDSM world. Declaring myself a submissive was no easy task, as I am a very dominant and controlling person. How could this make sense? What are the parameters between respect or disrespect? Is being submissive valid as a powerful woman? I want to share with you my very first BDSM experience — although light, it sparked my fire.


Unlike Anything Else


I still remember the first time a partner was dominant with me. In many ways, all our interactions involve someone being more dominant than the other. In my case, a partner had asked to pull my hair while penetrating me from behind. At first, I remember thinking, would that be disrespectful to me? To women? I agreed as he pulled my hair ever so lightly, afraid he would hurt me. From that first pull, there was something that came over my body where I just… released. I asked him to pull harder, and even harder, him checking in with me and making sure I was alright. One of the few times in my life did I feel my body just relax into itself, letting my partner take control: I submitted fully to my partner. Well, now I know that no act of submission is disrespectful unless done without it being wanted.

Back in the day, I didn’t know that this simple act would be considered part of BDSM, or any form of dominance and submission. That one hair pull quickly turned into more acts, such as spanking, restraint of hands and feet, and light choking play. Not only did this feel good with my body, but it was psychologically thrilling. I don’t know if the acts turned me on, or watching my partner take full control of me and seeing them give to me fully. We quickly started to incorporate submission through psychological matters: take for example, “who’s my slut,” “you’re mine,” “you do as I say.”


So… How Does This All Make Sense?


What is so ironic about this situation? Well, it’s that I am the most in-control, dominant person of all time in my normal day to day life. If you were to attempt any of the above on me outside of a consensual, sexual encounter…. I would either beat you or make you cry. So how is it that me — a very dominant woman — can fall so in love with being sexually… the opposite?

Sexuality in itself is a very powerful tool. A tool of pleasure, a tool of release — and BDSM is that healing tool for many people: a great aide in overcoming trauma, blockages, etc. I get exactly what you’re thinking: Julieta, how does one find healing in lack of control? By being struck, dominated, tied, talked down to, etc?


It’s the Opposite


Here is where you have it all wrong. Being submissive means you're actually the one with the most control. You get to decide what happens to you. You get to decide the boundaries in place for your physical and mental safety. You are in control of the experience and have the ability to stop it at any time. As a dominant, you are being given the reigns to practice control under the curated guidance and boundaries of your submissive. You are being trusted and allowed to play out acts, physically and emotionally, that can make you feel powerful, nurturing, and incredibly stimulating.

My personal experience came down to control and trust. I like a more aggressive, masculine partner that can really take full control over me and my body. Being submissive, or “losing control” under my terms, feels exciting because, in my life, I always have to be in control. I don’t let people disrespect me, and I am always in power of what happens to me. It was that sweet release I mentioned earlier — that feeling of being able to surrender to my partner and be in a state of play or psychological thrill. What will my partner do to me? What will they say to me? If my partner says something disrespectful (within my boundaries) why does that excite me? Well, this leads to trust. It excites me because I trust my partner when submitting to them, knowing they have my best interests at heart.


A Perfect Balance


Through my humble beginnings as a submissive, I have learned a great deal about myself. I have learned that submission not only helps me relax but balances me out as a human. While I am so accustomed to living in power stance, I can safely take a step back and let someone whisk me away. While I am submissive, I am still incredibly in control and powerful. Although submission within the BDSM space may not be for everyone, it is a great avenue to explore!


Julieta Chiara

Julieta is a sex blogger, entrepreneur, and sex toy fanatic. A digital sex nomad, she travels the world full-time with her luggage full of sex toys, connecting with folks through her adventures and advocacy for pleasure, exploring kink, sexual health, and reclaiming your power in pleasure, life, and business. She started her blog in 2017 as a complement to her studies in human sexuality, and never looked back at a normal life. Working closely with adult brands and having multiple appearances as a writer, podcast guest, and interviewee, her passion has been connecting with her community.
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