Safe Words

Safe Words

Safe Words This is a term used in the BDSM community. Before the scene begins, all people involved will negotiate what their safe word is. A safe word is a word that can be used during a scene that essentially stops all activity. Typically, safe words are used during a scene when an activity or sensation becomes too scary or uncomfortable, or pushes one’s boundaries beyond his or her threshold. When negotiating a safe word, it helps to choose a word that will not be construed as part of the scene. For example, words like, “no,” “stop,” “enough” are not good choices and may not signal to the partner that you really need to end the play. Try to use words normally are not used during sexual activity. For instance, “watermelon,” “pink,” “cigar, “ “Lucy,” or any other word you can think of that you would be comfortable saying if an activity gets out of control. There are some instances where a person may be gagged or wearing a mask and would be unable to speak. In these scenes the individuals need to negotiate alternative actions or codes that are equivalent to the safe word. Some people may choose to use grunts to signal stop. Other people may decide to tap their fingers, raise one or two fingers, or snap their fingers. Another option is to hold an item in your hands during the scene. If things become too intense, the person can drop the item; this would be the signal or safe word to say that the play time is now over. It is important to remember that regardless of the word or action chosen as the safe word, it must be negotiated before the scene begins, in order to ensure all people feel safe, comfortable, and ready to play.

I Feel Funny Creating A Safe Word

It is normal to feel funny or uncomfortable creating a safe word, especially if you are new to BDSM or haven’t discussed using one with your partner before. However, safe words are an important aspect of consensual BDSM play and are used to ensure that all parties involved are comfortable and safe during the scene. A safe word can be any word or phrase that is easy to remember and say, and it should be agreed upon by all parties before the scene begins. Some people choose common safe words like “red” or “yellow” to indicate when they need to take a break or “green” to indicate that everything is okay. Other people prefer to use a more personal word or phrase that is specific to their relationship or scene. Ultimately, the most important thing is that all parties involved are comfortable with the safe word and understand its meaning.

The Origins Of Safe Words

The origins of safe words can be traced back to the early days of the BDSM community. The use of safe words became popular as a way to ensure that all parties involved in BDSM activities were able to communicate their boundaries and limits in a clear and effective manner.

The concept of safe words is rooted in the idea that BDSM activities can push people out of their comfort zones, and that it is important for participants to have a way to communicate when things have gone too far. Safe words provide a simple, clear way for people to communicate their boundaries and limits during BDSM activities.

The origins of the use of safe words are also to be found in the concept of “informed consent” which is a fundamental principle in BDSM community. Informed consent means that all parties involved in BDSM activities are aware of the risks involved and are voluntarily participating.

The use of safe words allows participants to feel empowered and in control of their own experiences, which is key to a healthy, consensual BDSM relationship.

What happens if I don’t have a safe word? 

Not having a safe word in the BDSM community can be dangerous, as it can put the participants at risk of physical or emotional harm. The BDSM community places a strong emphasis on consent and communication, and the use of safe words is an important aspect of this.

If a participant does not have a safe word and becomes uncomfortable or in distress during a BDSM activity, they may not have a clear way to communicate this to their partner. This can lead to feelings of confusion, frustration, and even trauma.

Additionally, without a safe word, the activity can be pushed beyond the limits of what is consented to, which can lead to injury or long-term harm.

It is important to remember that BDSM is not just about pleasure, but also about respect, trust, and communication. Safe words are a critical tool for ensuring that all parties are comfortable, safe, and respected throughout the BDSM activity.

What should I do if my partner won’t use a safe word with me? 

If your partner is not using a safe word in a BDSM context, it’s important to have a serious conversation with them about the importance of using one for both of your safety and comfort. If they are unwilling to use a safe word, it may be best to reconsider participating in activities that require one. Communication is key in any healthy relationship, especially when it comes to sensitive topics like BDSM play.