Here is Omega's opening comment from the Power Exchange where he penned a post called Breaking the Girl. It's as good an introduction to this topic as any I've seen:
It conjurs the image of a wild horse, the animal being roped. She struggles, fighting wildly against it. Eventually calming, only to have a rider on her back. The sensation, odd at first she bucks fiercely trying to knock the rider off. After several times, she calms, relaxing into it, accepting the rider. Eventually it sinks in, she intrinsically understands it is hopeless to effect a change.As was once said in a hit song, "I second that emotion." Let me reiterate, "It is important to keep reminding one self; women are not horses." I'm a dominant who's also a bit of a sexual sadist, but I don't believe in tearing people down to build them up, and I don't believe in breaking submissives. If that's your kink or your style, there's not a lot we can expect to have in common.
She becomes dependent on her owner, who feeds her, washes her down after a ride and she remains fiercely loyal to her owner. The horse is broken, but has gained a greater purpose in service to her owner.
It is important to keep reminding one self; women are not horses.
As Omega said, "The topic of breaking another conjures such great visceral responses." I just want to make it clear that I am myself reacting viscerally, for a number of reasons. If ya don't like what I'm saying, you are welcome to look elsewhere for your reading material, as this is one topic where I will not negotiate or debate.
Back in December I wrote a post that touched on this subject, where I said:
I have to admit watching a proud woman who is my equal kiss my boots is a far greater charge of excitement for me than were it done by a woman who was kissing them not out of honor, respect and devotion, but instead was slavishly attending my boots because she felt inferior.I guess that's as good and succinct a comment as any I'd pen today on the topic. So, with that in mind, I won't try to reiterate the points again, instead I'll attempt to illustrate with short story from my life. It is very recent, and it's very raw in my psyche, because it involves an individual I've come to care about deeply, despite never having met in person.
Meh, sorry, being served by the downtrodden is no charge at all. Nobody can give me proper respect if they have none for themselves. I can't have any fun reducing someone to writhing like an animal, begging for pleasure, and then begging for the same pleasure to stop, if they are already surviving like an animal.
If a slave is somebody who has been totally devalued, I'd not want to command them, I'd want to shelter and protect them until they felt valued and human. My style of domination isn't depersonalizing, in fact quite the opposite, it's expressed by continually pushing for growth, empowerment, and enlightenment within the rituals and devotions of submission.
Yesterday, Serafina and I were messaged by a dear friend who's been experiencing ups and downs in a long distance relationship with a dominant. Our friend was devastated, she'd been crying, and she really needed a friendly shoulder. I'd planned to hitch Serafina up to our new dungeon bed last night for a figging and a flogging, but plans for fun don't trump the real life needs of an individual we care about. Meaning that instead my slave/wife spent two hours on the phone consoling our friend, who believes her relationship with her dom guy is over.
Our friend was destroyed by what had happened with her love, you might even say that for a moment, she felt broken by the turmoil, angst, and separation. I'm not trying to say she was "broken" in the sense used in posts like "Breaking the Girl", where the discussion is more about dominants and submissives who fantasize and romanticize the act of breaking a submissive, instead I'm trying to make a correlated point.
It's not difficult to hurt a vulnerable person, it's not hard to break a vulnerable person. Obviously, something that's not difficult to achieve is no real achievement, if you can understand that kind of logic.
Our friend was hurt simply because she was vulnerable, she was open. She loved her dominant as a submissive lady should, he didn't return or repay her in kind. In the end, it seems from my perspective, that he acted like a coward, becoming distant, rather than admitting that his compartmentalized life was designed for short illusive relationships. She could never belong to him as long as he belonged to his wife . . .
Returning to my more personal commentary rather than a story about a friend. I have to add that a psychiatrist friend of mine calls me a "Master of the Obvious", as I often speak about things others have in front of their faces, but fail or refuse to note for themselves. My writing, however, tends to be a little more obtuse, so I want to make sure today's message is crystal clear . . .
I can completely understand a person wanting to be "broken" in a very specific manner, as a part of a cathartic release, as a personal challenge, as part of a shamanic type ritual, or perhaps a few other scenarios involving a quest for personal growth or fulfillment.
Such activities must be approached with respect, and must have carefully planned preparations, a limited duration for their fulfillment, not to mention help with recovery from the ordeal.
That's different from breaking a horse, and it's different from truly breaking a submissive.
To "break" a girl as a regular planned part of bringing about their submission, to break them in the sense of creating a quivering creature that is kept in her place with dependence and fear, to make her obedient like a trained animal, isn't exactly a recipe for a better slave. It's quite the opposite in fact.
In the end, it just seems like a recipe for creating post traumatic stress disorder.
POST SOUNDTRACK - I Second That Emotion by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles