As we all know, there are a lot of alleged Dominants out there. Any guy, or girl for that matter, can come along and claim to be Dominant. Anyone can put up a profile on a website and declare themselves as Dominant. Don't believe me? Just go to Fetlife or Collar Me or any other website, and you can have a profile up and running in about 5 minutes. This can wreak havoc on those of us that really are part of this lifestyle, and especially on a submissive who is fairly new to TTWD and can't easily spot a "BAD" Dom. It's no wonder so many people see this TTWD in a bad light. It's very easy to step into this world and have a bad, if not horrific, experience. It's no wonder so many people have a view about this, and those of us involved in this, that is completely and totally distorted and incorrect.
So...what do we do about this? First and foremost be very careful and try to be sure who you are dealing with at all times. Always use common sense. When first meeting someone, always make it in public. I don't care how long you have emailed or talked with someone. You still never really know. Nothing replaces a real meeting and the vibe you get from it. Trust your gut feelings, and your intuition. Never discount them. They can alert you to things that may seem off base, but you can't quite put into words and explain. Until you get to now someone, always have someone else know where you are. They don't have to know about TTWD, but they do need to know you are meeting someone new, where you are and an expected check-in schedule. This way if something does happen to go wrong, then you have some sort of backup on your side.
I don't care whether you are a Dominant or a submissive. I don't care if you are into M/s, D/s, or just a little kink every now and then. Please be careful with all that you do. Please try your best to be safe and know with who you are meeting and dealing. It isn't always possible, but be sure to look for red flags and take note. Also, whether you are seasoned or new, never think you are done learning. there is always more to learn and expand upon. You can never stop growing in your position and dynamic. If you do you will become stagnant, and that breeds trouble and despair. You can't go wrong for yourself and your partner/relationship when you are trying to further your education about TTWD. Please stay safe and be careful in all your endeavors.
This concludes today's Public Service Announcement!