I went up to work at Wicked Grounds this weekend. On Saturday I went up after running thirteen miles. I was tired but ebullient. BART was really full so at one point I gave up my seat so that an elderly person could sit. Even though I just ran thirteen miles, I am clearly in a better position to be standing.
When I stood up two elderly Latina women started making comments--ok, so only one of them was loud. They glared at me. The words are already fuzzy in my memory (ahhh blessed medication) but she called me trash. They expressed shock that I was that gross and a woman. Ew. I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt with the words "Rope Slut", and a zip up hoodie mostly closed over my chest. And a dog choke collar closed with a padlock. I looked at her quite fiercely and asked, "Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?" She turned bright red and looked down.
By contrast I ran around several blocks in San Francisco yesterday wearing a latex cheerleader outfit. It's made with maroon and clear panels. One of the clear panels on the skirt is right over my ass crack. There is a deep clear vee in the front of the shirt. Now that I have ginormous mom nipples you can clearly see areola but not quite the nipple. It's uhh festive. I had quite a few gay men tell me that I looked fabulous and they were proud of me for wearing it. It was... different.
Dore Alley is my anniversary. I got beaten by choice for the first time the night before Dore Alley in 2000. I was eighteen. It was my second weekend at the Power Exchange, a bdsm themed sex club in San Francisco. I had brought my sister the previous weekend and I was too afraid to play. I came back dressed in clothes I bought at Hot Topic and I asked a transwoman to beat me. I was afraid of the men, honestly. She flogged me very well.
I feel like Leather as an identity has changed a lot in the twelve years I have been part of the bdsm community. Even though I'm not active these days it still feels like my community. I have been there my entire adult life. I don't have another community. There is no other grouping of people who will accept me for absolutely all of my fucked-up-interests.
I got to know a new person yesterday as a result of a massive faux pas. I used the wrong gender pronoun. I felt like a total fucking asshole. The woman-born-woman very bravely stayed near the cash register to tell me that I made a mistake when I said "he". I felt so bad. (In my defense she is a very butch lesbian. Not that it excuses me in the slightest.) After that I ended up having a very long and protracted conversation with her.
It's not every day I meet someone who says, "I know I am weird but it is because I was tortured as a child."
Her androgynous gender appearance is the result of her father performing medical experiments on her from birth and trying to change her gender because she was born an identical twin and they wanted a boy.
We had a lot to talk about. We felt very comfortable together. We both found the bdsm scene at eighteen. She's two years younger than me. I'm not sure how I have missed her for ten years. I do recognize her handle. I think I just have never been a San Francisco person. And City people don't come south.
I got to sit down and have a surprise conversation with someone who I pretty much couldn't shock. Do you know how often that happens to me? I'd put it at twice a decade. Normal people want to talk about their lives. From birth to eighteen I lived a traumatic horror show and when I turned eighteen I ran straight into the Leather community. I was embraced and adored. I still am.
I didn't spend much time with anyone outside the Leather community for the four years I was with Tom. I was still close with Anna but Jenny and I barely spoke. We had very different lives even though we were both college students. I have rarely been like people my age. It was really amazing yesterday to find this person. I hope I can keep in touch with her. She feels like a gift.
The actual Up Your Alley Fair wasn't very exciting. I felt pretty sad about how much it has changed. I saw far more latex than leather. Most guys were simply wearing underwear if they weren't wearing pants. It didn't look like a leather event. It looked like a bath house but outside with very little sex. I only saw three or four guys getting head. There used to be hundreds. I had the very strong impulse to ask the only really slutty guy I saw there (he had a line of boys) if he was willing to see if a mouth is just a mouth. I didn't! I don't do that any more! But I wanted to. I wonder if he would have let me. The fair felt uninspiring and if no one else was going to put on a show I might as well.
I really like this part of me. I want Noah to go to Folsom with me. Exhibitionism is big for me. I probably won't have actual penetrative sex at Folsom but we will have to drive because I won't be willing to make it home. The car can be put somewhere private.
I really like getting the shit beaten out of me while people watch and freak out. I like it. I really really like it. I like the energy of the crowd. I freak people out in dungeons too. I am on the far extreme edge of what is currently common. I wasn't when I came into the community.
I found the leather community at the very beginning of the online era. People were still very paranoid about using the internet. It was harder to find parties because they weren't advertised online. You had to get to know people still. We hung out in IRC talking all day and night together but we arranged the parties at munches. We had dungeons that were basically our community spaces. People spent a lot of time hanging around.
When I showed up as an eighteen year old it was very rare to see another person under thirty. The community was full of people who had already had full lives and then discovered something about themselves. They were people who made very conscious life choices to become the people they were.
Where I was there were a lot of older women who were very heavy masochists. Life has already made their ass hard. They have been getting hit for a very long time and they have leather butt. They can barely bruise any more. Sadists like bruises. If it gets harder and harder to bruise you... well... I guess I'll just have to hit you with something bigger.
I got to meet someone this weekend who grew up like me. She was intensely abused and ostracized as a child and then found the same Leather community. I know all of the people she was mentored by. I don't know how in the hell I have missed her.
I really want to write more about sex but I should go in.