M/s, D&s, and our wider society

Part of the mission statement of MAst reads like this (emphasis added):

MAsT is committed to demystifying M/s, D/s, and other power exchange relationships for those in the leather/fetish/BDSM community and, on a greater level, to correcting the misinformation and combating the denigration that often occurs in our larger societies with respect to such relationships.

It's worth reflecting on this. Are there parallels between how BDSM is viewed by the wider community now and how the LGBT* community was viewed many years ago.

Is BDSM following along on the coat-tails of the LGBT community?

Parts of the LGBT community have long struggled to promote their acceptance by the wider community and we can see from events such as the recent Sydney Mardi Gras parade where all branches of the military, the police, and even a private high school were represented, that this has been somewhat successful.

We can contrast this with the fact that it's common during many BDSM meetings and workshops to be encouraged not to even acknowledge our acquaintance or friendship with other BDSM folk we met at these same workshops or meetings post facto.

Is public acceptance a direction that the BDSM community should go? Do we want acceptance so we can be master and slave or dominant and submissive in public? Is there a plus side to this?

Is there a negative side to this?

What is getting in the way?

What do we need to do?

* LGBT = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

Last modified: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 9:12 PM