“It’s incredible to see how people open up to me,” says Stavroula Toska. She loves the look of relief on their faces when they realize they can talk to her and she won’t judge them. About their fetishes.
Toska’s a writer, director and actor who began working as a dominatrix while researching her 2018 TV series Switch. She’s trained couples and individuals, letting them talk about their fantasies and try what was on their minds. Couples who wanted the same things but didn’t know where to start or how to get past their own inhibitions could turn to her for guidance, learning how to submit when they wanted to and call the shots when they wanted to.
That kind of help might be made to order for a larger proportion of the population than you think. According to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine …
69 PERCENT OF PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE EITHER PERFORMED OR FANTASIZED ABOUT BDSM.
About of 4% of Americans are into swinging lifestyle or other non-monogamous alternative sexual lifestyle. According to Allswingersclubs.org, there are 1263 swingers clubs in US and about 1774 in the whole world.
The 2017 survey drew data from more than 8,000 Belgians asked about their level of interest in hitting or being hit with a whip, sexual uses of hot candle wax, controlling their partner’s breathing and playacting rape, among other things. Though only 7.6 percent said they considered themselves to be “BDSM practitioners,” 12.5 percent said they performed such activities on a regular basis, 46.8 percent had engaged in BDSM at some point and an additional 22 percent had fantasized about it. To put it another way: Fewer than 1 in 3 people aren’t into this.
“Many of the things that we’ve long considered to be paraphilic are actually pretty common sexual interests,” says Dr. Justin Lehmiller, author of Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. One reason such activities have been classified as rare or strange, he theorizes, is that psychologists and psychiatrists just thought they sounded unusual. “Once we started to really systematically explore them, we found that a lot of these are quite common,” he says.
Paraphilic sexual interests are defined as unusual or anomalous and include not just sadism and masochism but voyeurism and fetishes. While kink has been increasingly normalized — Fifty Shades of Grey, of course, but also more recent cultural artifacts like Netflix’s 2019 show Bonding — it’s only been seven years since the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by American doctors reclassified BDSM behavior as no longer a mental illness requiring treatment. For example, according to Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition, if a sadist were aroused by fantasies or acts involving nonconsensual behaviors, clinicians were advised to prescribe antiandrogens — drugs that block the hormones that regulate the development of sex. Now, those into sexual sadism and masochism can still be considered as requiring treatment, but only if the practice causes distress to the person or others around them.
But engaging in kink can actually have a positive effect on health. A 2013 evaluation of psychological characteristics of people practicing BDSM found that they were less neurotic, more open and extroverted and less rejection-sensitive than the general population.
Still, the culture by and large remains underground in the form of secret societies, invite-only parties and online chats. Perhaps that secrecy just makes it more titillating, though. Mainstream guides like Time Out have even featured recommendations of best sex dungeons in some cities.
For first timers, though, that may not be the best option. Toska advises those who are interested in exploring their kinky side to find another consenting adult who will understand what it is they’re looking for and who agrees to explore responsibly. For those in a relationship, she says, it’s a good idea to speak with their partner about maintaining an open mind. “I’d also inform them that they are not alone,” she says. “There are thousands, possibly millions, of people around the world who share the same interest.”
If you’re not familiar with the acronym BDSM, I recommend you wiki for it first. Make sure you do this in a quiet, peaceful place, preferably with no wife, children or coworkers around. It’s not that your eyes are going to melt, it’s just that some might find your newly acquired taste in leather, whips and punishment a little odd.
So what’s my angle? Well, making an operating system that works on the principle of sin and punishment sounds like a darn good idea. Today, computer users use and misuse their machines any which way, with no regard to their digital health. There’s no accountability, save for really dire things. Most of what we do with and to our computers is whim, accident, monkey-learned habit, and maybe, just maybe, a bit of productivity. It’s time for the software to strike back. Introducing BDSM operating system.
Note: In this article, I’ll use desktop mockups based on existing operating systems. Please note that stuff shown here does not reflect the quality of experience you may, well, experience when working on said operating systems. Furthermore, no kernel was harmed during the preparation of this article. Afterwards, maybe.
BDSM boots with a random page taken from Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky as the wallpaper. This is to remind you that you’re working with a serious operating system that won’t let you fool around.
Illegal or stupid use
Your operating system is uniquely identified to you using your national ID number or equivalent and your bank account number. Any time you attempt an illegal operation, like using My Document to store your files or signing in to Facebook, your bank account will be charged a penalty fee.
Randomly wipe files on computer
Most people complain about their files mysteriously vanishing from the computer. You’ve heard people say, my files are gone, as if the files can go anywhere. They haven’t got any legs. Then, if you removed the My Documents icon from the desktop, 99.99% of all computers users would never be able to find their stuff.
Better yet, sometimes, you see these desktops, crowded with files, usually Word and Powerpoint stuff, serving as a temporary storage space, also known as Temporary Idiot Repository (TIR).
BDSM takes care of that by randomly renaming, moving and deleting files, making it harder for the owner to find them, simulating the reality that much better. Furthermore, it gives you a truly justified reason about files being gone as opposed to self-inflicted confusion.
Most people abuse their machines so badly that they do an incredible thing: they slow down with time, against all odds and logic as laid down by Alan Turing in his deterministic finite-state machine model.
To help people cope with their ineptitude, BDSM has built-in algorithms that will slow down different system functions over time. Eventually, you will experience increased boot times, random new services and device drivers added to system startup, more crashes and errors, and finally a complete seizure. Disk, CPU and memory usage will all balloon, forcing you to buy a new machine after approx. seven months of use.
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BDSM comes with a wagonload of crapware installed. To make the ultimate suffering experience complete, the operating system ships with the finest, most advanced Internet technologies included, like AOL dial-up with Ingrian support and BonziBUDDY intelligent software agent.
BDSM also forces you to use no less than four anti-virus programs all at the same time, although you will have to renew the user license every three months. The programs will run full daily scans, bringing your machine to a virtual halt. They will also occasionally flag innocent files as malware and quarantine them, making your life a tad harder.
Special Assistive technologies
To make the experience as genuine as possible, BDSM comes with a complete 3D kit, which is used to enhance the multimedia sensation. The kit includes a chair with specially adapted seat and backrest.
In the aforementioned areas, you will find tightly coiled metal springs that are activated by segfaults in code. Whenever you run a program so that it crashes, the coils are released, delivering numbing pain into your buttocks and the small of the back.
Another possibility is to use electricity, but this could be dangerous since if you’re in contact with a piece of hardware when electrocuted, the hardware may be accidentally damaged, so this should only be used while the computer parts are still under warranty.
Another technology used for punishment is the sound. If you misuse your software resources, a high-pitch, ululating sound will blast in your headphones. The frequency is carefully tailored to match your inner ear resonance so that you experience both mechanical aural pain and a brutal sense of dizziness and disorientation.
However, the two most important pieces of technology used are the keyboard and the mouse. With super-heated metal keys and a spring-loaded needle in the left mouse button, you’re in for a lot of corrective, adaptive fun.
Finally, the chair you sit on is specially designed to change the back recline and the seat angle and height so that you experience varying degrees of discomfort while working on the computer. Since most people ignore ergonomics, this is a great way of reminding them of delicate internals of anatomy. And that would be all!
There you go, the perfect operating system that should turn you into a hacker within days. Nothing like the fear of pain to make you perform at your best. That or hysteria. You may feel slight physical and mental discomfort at first, but it will definitely be worth it. I hope you enjoyed this humor article. As always, do not take this too seriously.
P.S. If you have other cool ideas how the BDSM home-entertainment package can be enhanced, please send them to me and I’ll have them included in this fine article.
Here’s what YOU had to say … totally unedited, as good or bad as your ideas may be.
Raph suggests the following
After every reboot, you get another one for free. The more the merrier!
Patches are installed automatically, every single one, even though you do not need. And then, you machine is rebooted without any warning. Editor’s note: wait, isn’t this how Microsoft Windows works anyhow?
Users are mildly electrocuted when whey they search Google for a website address they already know.
Eleno suggests the following
Random blue screens of death. Editor’s note: This is a built-in feature already.
Flashing green screen of death specially designed to induce seizures.
The operating system asks for passwords every 15 minutes. Passwords must be at least 30 characters in length. If you fail to authenticate, the machine restarts, a siren sounds and the user is electrocuted. This is a security feature, of course. Editor’s note: And it combines nicely with the reboot policy listed by Raph and the multimedia headset.
BDSM narrates everything it does in the most obnoxious voice possible. Editor’s note: And what would that voice be?
BDSM randomly remaps the keyboard on every machine start, allowing you only sixty seconds to memorize the changes before logging in.
What do you have to suggest? Well, send your mail and let me know.