HUMANS ARE WEIRD: BDSM EDITION
Went on a massive “Earth is Space Australia” binge right before bed and when I woke up in had an idea for a short story about an alien’s first contact with BDSM.
Alien: “Excuse me, HumanSarah, I have further questions about your attire.”
Sarah: *deep sigh, forced smile* “What do you need Griblax?”
Griblax: “I notice that unlike other human females you wear a neck ornamentation that appears to be restrictive in nature. Was this ornamentation not properly sized?”
Sarah: “Eh, uh, oh hell, best to just be straight with you about this. It’s not a necklace, it’s a collar. It’s a mark that shows that I am owned by another human. In this case my husband.”
Griblax’s facial features contort in what would be the equivalent for a human of cocking an eyebrow.
Griblax: “HumanSarah this is most troubling. I was lead to believe that slavery had been outlawed on your planet for some time. Do you require rescue from your captor?”
Sarah: “Get comfortable Griblax this’ll take a while to explain.”
The next several hours are spent explaining bdsm lifestyle concepts. This is, of course, a talk Sarah has had to give on a regular basis for most of her life to humans and aliens alike.
Griblax: “So if I understand you correctly, a small subset of humans gain sexual gratification out of manipulating power dynamics and either inflicting or receiving pain-”
Sarah: “or both, that’s the switch that I told you about”
Griblax: *shudders* “Yes the switch… and you say that few people engage in these behaviors though they have signifiers like your collar and certain symbols to denote practitioners of this… art form?”
Sarah: “That’s a narrow view, but yeah, you’ve more or less got it.”
Griblax is silent as it considers some things.
Griblax: “HumanSarah, I am aware that you said that relatively few humans engage in these behaviors but given what we have learned of your species it seems as though a ritual involving sex, pain and dominance would be enthusiastically adopted by the vast majority of your people. Why do not more humans partake in these behaviors?”
Sarah: “Honestly I don’t really know.”