Sources of power

Fairly obviously, BDSM and leather have to do with power. This is why we talk about power exchange, why we talk about dominance and submission, and why we talk about mastery and slavery. They all have to do with power.

But what sort of power?

One of the more obvious answers for many people is that the […]

By |November 26th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Forging Bonds of Intimacy: Mind, Body and Soul

"The happiness flows as we exchange our travel stories, share the judges table, sit with each other in our classes, and help with fundraisers. But what happens when we come home from our social and political activities, close our front doors and rely on our virtual and local surroundings? The number of suicides has our community both surprised and alarmed. What can we do to strengthen the connections with each other? What can we do to be there for each other during times of duress and sadness? The mental health of our community has become a hot topic and now, there are two positive causes that are developing in our community when it comes to addressing mental health and suicides in our community: We Are Here Suicide Hotline and 'Project Touch Base'."

By |November 18th, 2014|Current Affairs, Interviews, News, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Reclaiming Our Joy

Keynote at Leather Reign, Seattle, WA
October 18, 2014
By Hardy Haberman

I want to tell you a story.

Anyone who knows me knows how I believe in the power of stories, they can be evocative, funny, tragic or melancholy, but they always have a message. So listen and open your minds and try to imagine the […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Five Weddings, Four Lawyers, Three Ghosts, One Bound Bear

or
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Traditional Marriage
The first time I got mass-married was at the March on Washington in 1987. It was one of the scheduled activities.
We assembled in front of the IRS. Apparently some committee decided to frame marriage as a pocketbook issue, a special discount we weren’t getting. Myself, I […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Community, Opinion|2 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: pup Spotlight- pup Mischief

"Hello there. I am Pup Mischief. I am one of the puppies of SEA-PAH up here in Seattle Washington. Around this time two years ago I was living in Pennsylvania with my brother and some friends and I was down at my best friend Michelle's house. Her son was watching shows on demand provided through their cable company. He started watching National Geographic's Taboo and I was intrigued by all of the different things that were on the show. "

By |October 19th, 2014|Interviews, Opinion, People|0 Comments

When Scenes Go Bad

It seemed like the usual interrogation. The subject was reticent to reveal the desired information, and I was growing impatient. He knew he could bring it all to an end just by saying the words I wanted to hear, a little snippet of information could stop everything. He had endured being bound, […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Opinion|4 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: How I Learned To Walk on All Fours

"Above all I consider myself a Leatherman. I love the look, smell, feel of leather. Which has brought me into various kinks, such as boot-blacking and flogging. Even animal play, specifically pup play. The latter is something that I would have never thought that I'd have gotten into."

By |October 12th, 2014|Interviews, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: On Being An Anxious Pup

"In my mind, I’m the type of pup who wags their tail at everyone, eager for belly rubs and romping. But when I’m honest with myself, I realize I’m really like the dog hiding behind their owner’s legs, tail tucked, ears back, maybe even peeing a bit (and not in the fun way…)."

By |October 10th, 2014|Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: pup Spotlight-Cosmo Jetson

"I was asked to write about my how I became a pup and how the movement of the pup community has evolved, so here it goes… from my perspective. I found the Leather community on a warm and humid summer evening in Houston, Texas in 1992. Okay, this isn’t a novel, so I’ll cut the crap! I strongly identified as a boy. It wasn’t until about 1999 that a friend of mine, patrick chees, saw my inner pup. He made it his task to bring it out of me. He enlisted my help (and many others) to assist in preparing for the first pup event, the International Puppy Contest (IPC) during the year 2k. (IPC taking place in 2001) This helped ease my way into the pup scene, as well as the two of us having long talks that frequently revolved around our childhood history with bio canines."

By |October 7th, 2014|Community, Contests, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: Being A Handler Part 5

"This is going to talk about a different approach to being a Handler/Trainer than the style I’ve traditionally employed. It is one that I would like to start implementing, however, and that’s a higher protocol “working dog” training. I’ve spoken about my own identification as a working dog in previous posts, and this is something of an extension of that theme, wherein a strong Alpha dog heads a well-trained and coordinated pack."

By |October 6th, 2014|Community, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: Being A Handler Part 4

"I was browsing Fetlife this morning and read a couple of well-written articles by a Master James from Australia. One is on How to Be a Dom and another is on The Perils and Evils of Being a New Dom. Both articles are written from an unashamedly and self-proclaimed heteronormative point of view, but there’s good advice in there for anyone in the community and I highly recommend them. Still, there’s room to add on to some of his thoughts from the gay and pup play perspective, so that’s what I’m going to do. Nomenclature – I generally use top/bottom to denote sexual position and dom/sub to denote power exchange roles, and am primarily addressing dom/sub in this post. Substitute whatever words fit in your personal universe."

By |October 6th, 2014|Community, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Leatherati Woof Series: Being A Handler Part 3

This post was spawned from a question by stormy-aka-hohk on FetLife: “I’m curious if you the handler, trainer, owner, etc gets the same carefree sensation during pup play as most pups get. Does all your worries of daily life disappear as well?” I gave a somewhat flippant answer that supervising a mosh tends to bring about a new set of stresses, but it seems like a topic worth exploring.

By |October 6th, 2014|Community, Opinion, People|0 Comments