How can I tell my partner I'm interested in being dominated?

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Q: I think I would love to be dominated. I’ve been fantasising about being ordered to strip, and being tied down and fucked. I have a boyfriend and he’s great but he’s just not a pushy type of guy. I’m not sure he’s into it. How can I tell him I’m interested in being dominated?

Your question is not an uncommon one, so thank you for putting it out there.  Initially, let’s put the sort of dominance you’re seeking into some sort of context, as there are as many different ways of dominating as there are Dominant people! From the fantasies you’ve mentioned this appears to be about physical dominance, rather than psychological or emotional dominance. This makes your conversation a little easier, as physical areas are generally easier to work on than the ones in your head.  

A general suggestion for anyone unsure about starting ANY topic of conversation is to begin with the premise of ‘Have you heard about…’ or ‘Did you know…’ When you start from a point of general discussion, you can gauge the interest and engagement of your partner, and move to more specific questions, eg. ‘What do you think/feel about (the topic in question)? Once you have idea of where someone is at, it makes it much easier to know how much more – if any – information to divulge.   

Sharing your fantasies can also be a powerful tool. It doesn’t come easy to everyone and can be scary for a number of reasons: we have our own shame around these fantasies; we’re worried about judgement from others; we fear rejection of our thoughts and ideas.  

You can start the conversation with a phrase like ‘I had this dream last night…’ or ‘I wonder what would happen if…’ and insert your wishes from there. Your partner won’t even have to say too much for you to get a read on where he might be at with those thoughts; the body language will say almost everything, so watch carefully. And don’t forget if you’re super uncomfortable saying these things aloud, you can always write them down - there is nothing wrong with an old-school, sexy, hand-written, lust letter.   

As with anything new, start small, and as close to your established comfort zone as possible. Don’t start out with hog ties or elaborate rope – you can absolutely keep these in mind as something to aim for – but overwhelming your Other Half with unrealistic expectations might end up being way too daunting. Think about starting out with scarves or light Velcro restraints – anything familiar is a great start – what about having him use your clothes to tie you up, as you strip down?

For any relationship to remain healthy in the long-term, feelings and fantasies like yours are better off shared. Stifled and suppressed wants can lead to all sorts of weird relationship dysfunction - fights about ‘nothing’, endlessly finding fault in your partner. Better to strip off, speak up and say how you wanna be taken. Nature will always take its course.  

5 Comments

Occupado
More than a month ago
How about saying "I'm interested in being dominated" to your partner? You know, using your words, like an adult.
DDdelite
More than a month ago
LOL! Absolutely agree with you lovely.
trusted8
More than a month ago
I guess there is always the chance that you are going to be seen as weird or different in your outlook towards sex and that your submissive ways could leave you vulnerable and open to taunt or abuse. Being specific and starting "lightly" could mean that you can up the ante further down the line as things progress or consider going to a workshop with your partner and learn about the different levels that they can teach. The same applies to guys with a fantasy being just that....a desire of your thoughts.
LadyDragon
More than a month ago
Delicious! Am moving that way myself ;~}
However there are some who are a little too rough - just last Friday at the Couples Club I was being nicely 'dominated' from behind, but then he yanked my hair backwards so severely that I felt like I had whiplash after! Far too violent, quite dangerous... need a little common sense when doing this sort of thing.
DDdelite
More than a month ago
@LadyDragon.... That's where he should have had a discussion with you beforehand regarding just how rough you'd like things to be. Asking you things like "how hard do you like your hair pulled?" I dint think that's too much to ask.....and what about ("safe, sane & consensual")
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