In the last month or so I have begun to seek a mentor and have been approached about being a mentor myself, a position which I accepted. As these events unfolded, I experienced a lot of flak from the online community – why would a submissive need a mentor if she already has a Dom?
To me the answer was obvious – but apparently the jury was still out when it came to these other people online.
To me there is a distinct difference between what I provide as a mentor (and expect from a mentor) and what my Dominant provides. This does not mean that my Chief is in any way lacking. I just expect different things from the two.
Chief is able to give me a safe place to submit, a loving relationship, guidance and structure in my life, and a fun play and sex life. This is what I expect from a Dominant. As a mentor, I am able to help people learn about different types of BDSM relationships, give insight into my own relationship, make suggestions about things that my mentee can do to improve their submission, and help them through a lot of the challenges that come with entering into the lifestyle. I do not make rules for them, but I can suggest new ways of looking at a situation. I can direct them to research certain things, and provide precautions about particular play activities. I am basically an interactive version of SubmissiveGuide!
Many people online said that they mentored submissives by beating them or causing them non-consensual pain until they were “broken in”. I received one particularly disturbing message of an elderly man offering to mentor me by “Raping me until I learned how to properly submit.” This is not mentoring, this is abuse.
That being said, even outside of abuse, when seeking a mentor it is important you are clear with what you want. Some submissives do go to more trained couples as an aspect of their training, to learn ropes, bondage, how to accept a spanking better. Some submissives, especially those who are unowned, seek someone to be regimented and give them assignments so they can better hone in on their assignments. There is a never-ending list of possibilities. But you need to know what you want
beforeyou seek someone out.
I made the following printable chart which you can fill out and send to potential mentoring candidates to ensure clarity on both ends.
BDSM Identity: Sub Dom Switch Other
Status: Owned Owned & Collared In a Relationship In-Training Unowned
Dominants Name (if applicable):
I am seeking a mentor: Online In-Person Combination of the Two
The following chart is based on the following ranking system: 0 – not seeking, 1 – might be interested, 2 – interested in, 3 – require this
There are empty spaces at the bottom to fill in other needs you have.
|Physical Punishment Training (In-Person)|
|Physical Punishment Training (Online)|
|Household Training (tips for cooking, cleaning, etc)|
|Physical Fetish Training|
|Mental Fetish Training|
|General Education Training|
|Assistance in Finding a Dom|
|Physical Shape Assistance|
|Skill Assistance (Erotic Dance, Dirty Talk, etc)|
|Overcoming Limits (Discussion Based)|
|Overcoming Limits (Physically Based)|
|Providing an Outside Perspective|
|Recommendation of Readings/Articles|
|Learning New Fetishes|
|Transition Instruction Sub to Slave|
|Transition Instruction Vanilla to Sub|