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From the beginning of my active involvement in the "s/m scene," i have been very concerned with issues of safety. While nothing can be made "perfectly" safe, and a certain level of risk may be unavoidable in many areas, there is no need to run stupid risks or to neglect sensible precautions.

In addition to writing many safety pieces over the years for GMSMA, most of which found their way into a still-unfinished (and probably unfinishable) tome that my long-time partner (now ex-), Thor, grandly called a Black Cross Manual of Health and Safety for S/M, for six years i wrote a regular safety column for Bound & Gagged magazine called "Bond+Aid." Although i am no longer associated with the magazine, i hope to collect those columns into a book someday. In the meantime, here are a few on topics of widespread interest, plus some other pieces.


Self-bondage is something i used to do a lot of. The risks i used to casually run appall me now, and having had some experience being bound by good Tops, doing it myself has lost its appeal. But for many people it is the only recourse -- unfortunately, it is also by far the most dangerous area of bondage. With help from a friend who still enjoys solo bondage play, i wrote a pretty exhaustive two-parter on the subject for B&G. Please don’t write me asking for more information or resources on self-bondage, as i shot my wad in these two columns and really have nothing else to say on the subject.


Gags are also something that can be risky, even if you don’t deliberately get into a breath-control scene. Some have told me that i’m a gag wuss, but my nose clogs easily, especially when i’m under stress or lying flat (both pretty common circumstances during a bondage scene). If you’re at all like me, you might also appreciate an extra measure of caution in this area.


Steel bondage, especially handcuffs, is one of my favorite things, and one of the earliest and most often reproduced pieces i worked on for GMSMA was a brief set of rules for safe use of cuffs, leg irons, and so on. Harold Cox, now editor of Checkmate, wrote the first version (under the name T.A. Feldwebel) in 1982, and eight years later i updated it and filled it out a little with his approval. Harold himself recently revisted the topic, and you can find his latest thoughts on steel-bondage basics in the May 1998 issue of Checkmate (issue #23).


The last piece i did for Bound & Gagged turned out to be a bondage-safety quiz for the magazine’s 10th anniversary. See how savvy you are about the art of safe restraint!


Finally, for now, a piece about Topping (which i do fairly rarely). i wrote this in 1997 as a post to the gl-asb Internet mailing list, and it drew a lot of favorable response. Later it was reprinted in GMSMA’s newsletter.


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