Apparently my posts are getting cut off…. lovely, so here is the second part of the last post.
…. are those who inflict pain on people or animals for personal pleasure without care for consent, but again, they have nothing to do with BDSM. Our world is completely based around consent and respect for all parties involved.”
Once I have that fantastic tome in my hands, I’m hoping beyond hope that I will no longer have to say “rumored changes” and I will finally be able to say without a shadow of a doubt that “according to the DSM-5 WE ARE PERFECTLY NORMAL AND HEALTHY.” Just to be able to share that on college panels so the next generation of kids coming up know that it’s okay to feel the way they feel, to be okay to want to express their desires and passions would make all the discussions with people telling me how sick and wrong and gross and , fill-in-the-blank all worth it. If one kid, at each panel’s journey is made a bit easier, it’s all worth it, every last bit.
This is my keeping my fingers crossed for those rumors to be true and keeping them even more crossed for those kids coming up behind me so no one else puts their college dreams on hold for fear of backlash from professors. Obviously, it didn’t stop me, I simply found another way… but, let’s hope for more kids getting to go the route of their dreams and not HAVING to find work-arounds.
Mistress Shae Flanigan