Thursday, August 6, 2009

Redheads and pain - akin to a cheap drunk

Actually, I am a cheap drunk. Always have been. It never took much to make me tipsy, and I never wanted to drink all that much anyway. The only time I ever got super drunk was on Irish whiskey. Because it tasted so good.

I've always been a sensualist.

Redheads are a sadist's cheap pain slut.

This is nothing new. It's been said before that redheads are more sensitive to pain. But now there's yet another scientific study, as cited in today's New York Times, in an article called The Pain of Being a Redhead.

My Master would probably want to change that to The Pain of Owning a Redhead. Still he thinks it worth it in the long run.

He does make me feel that I please him.
He does make me feel that he enjoys my service.
He does make me feel that he enjoys my nakedness.
He does
make me

Back to pain and redheads.

The studies show that redheads are more sensitive to pain, that we need more anesthesia, more Novocaine, and are more likely to be afraid of going to the dentist because of that. Not all of us, but the numbers are very significant. It has to do with a genetic mutation in the same gene that makes us redheads.

From the article:
[...] a mutation in the MC1R gene results in the production of a substance called pheomelanin that results in red hair and fair skin.

The MC1R gene belongs to a family of receptors that include pain receptors in the brain, and as a result, a mutation in the gene appears to influence the body’s sensitivity to pain. A 2004 study showed that redheads require, on average, about 20 percent more general anesthesia than people with dark hair or blond coloring. And in 2005, researchers found that redheads are more resistant to the effects of local anesthesia, such as the numbing drugs used by dentists

I can testify that there have been times when the dentist had to give me an extra shot of Novocaine because the regular dose just didn't do. But the big thing is that my Master can get a very satisfying response out of me from a level of pain that is quite small compared to what he might inflict on someone else. And since he is not using me as the outlet for his sadism, it's the response that matters, and that sets up the incredible level of intimacy that I'm just now truly experiencing. Yesterday...

I do know that there are redheaded pain sluts, and I also know that it would be nice to have a bit more pain than he is currently inflicting on me. Perhaps if we had more time together, he would explore that more. But on the other hand, tonight a friend was telling me how he took 150 cane strokes last night, after being quite thoroughly spanked with a nasty paddle, and I thought nuh-uh. No way. Not me.

Just give that twist to my nipple that makes me feel like you're stabbing me in the center of my breast... Just torture my nipple, my amazing Master, and I will give you my pain, and I will give you my eyes, and the pain in my eyes will swim through the small, blurry space between us. The pain from my eyes will meld with the hunger and power in yours and in full consciousness you will hurt me and I will yield and as the pain stabs through me, as this small, pointed stab of pain lights up my love for you, our vulnerabilities will swirl around and into each other and I will be truly yours.


Anonymous said...

Aha! And also, aha! First of all, Oats, you admit at last that redheads are mutants. (And it's very pre-Raphaelite, you know. Pre-pre-pre-Raphaelite, twenty thousand years old or something.)

But I'm also interested that this study fits into my general sense that masochists (not that you and I are masochists...'cause there are no real masochists, right?) have low pain tolerance. And so perhaps we had an exceptional reason to eroticize pain.

Do sadists/doms tend to have higher pain tolerance? Yours does, and Murre has had bone sugery done under only a local anesthetic.

mamacrow said...

hmmm. interesting theory.. but i have quite a high pain threshold, and have fillings, drillings etc at the dentist without anesthetic...

and I love being spanked and having my nipples twisted...

I'm not a redhead tho, tho my hair used to be auburny in the summer...

so that leaves me - where?!

Paul said...

OG, I believe that you are beautiful, not all redheads are.
Your Master certainly thinks that you are, and you feed each other in such wonderful ways.
And then you share this, what could be better.
Love and warm hugs,

Nancy said...

Not sure about the redhead thing..not being one except in the summer from the sun.

For me, the smallest amount of pain given by the right person, turns me into mush..and there have been large amounts from the wrong person that left me cold.

There is a difference~

Ellie said...

I tend to think that being a masochist is more of a mental thing, than a physical: stemming from one's psychosexual self, with the manifestation varying over time and place, and being somewhat partner dependent. But that's me.

Re: redheads and pain, oh, yes. I've read previous studies, nodding along in agreement. Needing extra anesthetic and so on has ever been true for me.

oatmeal girl said...

I wonder what the reaction was when the first redhead appeared among the dark, hairy, cave-dwelling population, when we flitted among them, with our mood swings (that's the next study we need) and artistic sensibilities.

Did they burn us as witches?

But I'm not a masochist. Now knowing a few, I can testify that they at least have a very high tolerance for pain - like my friend who took 150 strokes of the cane. I do eroticize pain, though I wonder how much has to do with the pain and how much with the submission.

mamacrow, I think you have to be a full-scale redhead for it to count, since they're talking gene mutations, and that probably doesn't apply if it's just a question of hair that gets lighter from the sun.

Paul, you always say the sweetest things, and just add to how beautiful my Master makes me feel.

Nancy - I'm not surprised at what you say, as our minds and our emotions have a lot to do with what goes on in BDSM. That's one of the things that makes such relationship so rich and intimate.

Ellie - I do know of masochists who will play whenever they can get it - their need for pain is that great. For me, its all very partner dependent, and there's an emptiness without that je ne sais quoi...