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Hey, Faggot:

I'm not sexually experienced, but I am totally in love with my new man and I want to please him in every way possible and drive him wild with desire. I want to blindfold him and tie his hands, maybe even handcuff him. But then what? We are not into pain. I feel so dumb! Besides honey and all of that good stuff to lick off him, what else is there? What can I do to drive him crazy? He's excited that I want to tie his hands and blindfold him, so I want to make this good. But this is not going to happen till I get some ideas.--SQ

Hey, SQ:

For some ideas on tying up straight boys--not that I don't have ideas of my own--I shared your letter with Mistress Matisse, who has a bit more experience ropin' straight boys than I do.

"If she wants to do a sexy femme top scene with no pain, I would suggest sensory deprivation combined with a lot of suspense and mindfucks." Now, without S/M jargon: "Get dressed in sexy lingerie or something fetishy. Tie him up, blindfold him, and gag him." Get real leather restraints if you can afford them. Handcuffs hurt, and badly done rope bondage can lead to burns, pinched nerves, and amputated limbs. Restraints buckle on like belts, are practically foolproof, and they're easier to remove if the boyfriend freaks.

Once he's bound, Mistress Matisse believes that if you can't beat him, scare him: "Start talking to him about all the things you could do. My rap goes like this: 'You know, baby, there are a lot of things you don't know about me. It's sooo sexy having you all tied up and helpless--I could do anything I want to you, and you can't stop me...' Say this slow and thoughtful, like you're considering some very evil shit. Then tell him you're going to leave him there alone while you go get some 'things.' Walk to the bedroom door, open it and close it, but don't really leave the room (never actually leave anyone alone tied up). Stand very quietly and watch him. Is he struggling? Is his dick hard? Wait a minute, then quietly approach him and whisper in his ear, 'Are you thinking about me?' But don't get too close--if he jumps you'll bang heads.

"Alternate different sensations on his body, like a feather, your fingernails, and your mouth. I don't recommend the honey thing--looks good in movies, not all that exciting in real life." I agree: Licking gooey crap off people is vastly overrated faux-naughtiness, boring breeder kink. "You can take things a little further on the sensation scale: Get a utility candle (white, no fragrance) and try dripping it on different parts of your body until you get a feel for it. Dripping warm wax on his skin and following it with a trail of ice can give quite the endorphin buzz."

You might also consider bringing in a professional consultant. Pro dominatrices don't generally make house calls, but most will do couples in their own spaces and would happily show you the ropes. "She would get to see someone experienced in action, someone who could show her a few tricks," says Mistress Matisse. "And she would get to see the attitude, which is the most important thing."

Hey, Faggot:

I've become involved with one of the nicest and sexiest people around. So what's the bad news? This person's introduction to sex at a very early age (child abuse) was coupled with violence and degrading talk (thanks to some really fucked-up family members), so you can probably guess what this person wants me to do during our sexual encounters.

I have a stressful job and my own personal problems. The only things I'm looking for from a partner are love, affection, and comfort, which I will give in return. I don't want to call my partner anything but cute little pet names--not "bitch" or "motherfucker." I want to hold my partner lovingly in my arms, not beat the living daylights out of him. So what do I do? I have nothing against S/M, I'm just not into it. My partner says that he can enjoy sex with me without the violence and degradation, but I always think I see a look of less than total satisfaction when we finish having sex. Does he need counseling? Do I need to enroll in an S/M 101 class? Or should we go our separate ways? --Not Into It

Hey, NII:

"What this person's lover wants doesn't sound like violence and degradation to me, it sounds like S/M," says Mistress Matisse. "Liking S/M, no matter what kind of childhood one had, does not equal 'needing therapy.' You say this person is willing and capable of having the kind of sex you like--why aren't you willing to give 'the nicest and sexiest person around' equal time in the sack? Let go of your judgments around your partner's sexual desires, or let go of him."

Hey, Faggot:

I am a single female. I have a special desire which I have never fulfilled due to shyness. I have always wanted to hurt a man sexually. I want to see a man scream and writhe in pain. I need this satisfaction to cure a rage in me to physically hurt them. My long-standing fantasy has been to tie up or cuff a man and stick his body, including his penis, with a million stickpins. I want to draw blood. I want to see him scream and beg for mercy. I have been always fearful of expressing this desire, but I want this now. Can you understand the meaning of this? Why must I do this? Have you ever heard of this? --Joan

Hey, J:

Have I ever heard of this? I have videos of it, I have friends who make a living doing it--I've done it (but always gratis). "Properly channeled and marketed, she has a big career in professional dominance ahead of her," says Mistress Matisse. "There are many men who would love to have her do these things to them." As for your specific fantasy--sticking someone full of pins--it is not unheard of in S/M, though sterile surgical needles are preferred over stickpins. "Temporary or 'play' piercings are considered an extreme form of S/M by some wusses--I mean people," says Mistress Matisse. As for the meaning of your desires--the why--Mistress Matisse had this to say: "She sounds like a sadist. I am a bit of a sadist myself, and some of my friends are sadists. Doing these things will not 'cure her rage.' It's like food or sex--you want more. The thing is to find people who want you to do these things to them, and then learn how to inflict pain skillfully and safely. Sticking 22-gauge hypodermic needles under someone's skin and watching them yelp is fun--accidentally poking an arterial vein and having to call 911 is not." To find a willing victim, try the personal ads, join an S/M club, look around on the Web--there are men out there paying Mistress Matisse cold hard cash to do what you're willing to do for free.

Mistress Matisse shares her dungeon space with Mistress Picasso, Mistress Chagall, and Mistress Jackson Pollock. You can check them out on her Web site: www.wolfenet.com/-matisse.

Send questions to Savage Love, Chicago Reader, 11 E. Illinois, Chicago 60611.

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