Specifically, jealousy in response to her Dom's interactions with another submissive.
I tossed in my opinion, and given that I've been feeling extremely disinclined to post since coming home from "Band Camp", as the philosopher calls it, I'll take the lazy way out and reprint my comments below. Not that there's anything new in them. You've heard it before. I know the sadist has numerous other submissives. More than the ones I've specifically been informed of. I've met 3 of them and expect to meet more, though surely not all. And it doesn't bother me.
It used to.
Back when I knew of only the one.
His masochist slave.
Now I'm fine.
Which isn't like me.
Anyway, you can read my blathering below.
But first, a question.
sin wrote specifically about jealousy towards other submissives. But:
- What about towards a Dom(me)'s significant other, if there is one?
- If that jealousy and resentment exists, is it of a different nature from feelings toward other subs and/or slaves?
- Does it make a difference if the wife/husband/partner is also a submissive?
- What if the other person is another Dom(me)?
- How do you feel if you are a submissive spouse/partner knowing that your Dom(me) has other submissives and/or slaves?
Please do weigh in.
And please do visit sin's blog.
It's the least I can do for appropriating her topic.
Now here's what I wrote over at her place:
I can't say that I'm turned on by knowing that the sadist has other submissives. But I no longer have a problem with it. In general I am very insecure, and have a great fear of being rejected. Earlier in our relationship, I did have a strong sense of competitiveness with his masochist slave. Now I'm just grateful that he has another outlet for his most extreme sadistic needs. His slave is part of the construct that protects both me and our relationship, and has literally saved my ass numerous times.
The main thing, though, is that I finally feel secure in that relationship. I have a stronger understanding of my Master's feelings for me and my special place in his collection.
It does surprise me that I'm so calm about it all. The only resentment I harbor is that perhaps he would have more time for me if he didn't have to manage such a big stockpile of submissives. On the other hand, our meetings are so reach and intense, I'm not sure that I could manage much more than one a week. Can one live on heavy cream? Even when spiced with hot pepper oil?
My acceptance amazes me, and I can't say I would feel the same about any other relationship, so I'm certainly not holding myself up as a role model.
I know it's hard.
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I don't think jealousy is subject to logic. I can use logic to explain why I'm generally ok with my current situation, but logic didn't get me to where I am. And I definitely don't think that just because I'm ok, anyone else should be.
My recommendation? Don't beat yourself up about it. If the jealousy is to ease, it will happen over time. Work on the relationship as a whole. Focus on what YOU have with him, what you are to him, and what he is with you. Focus on your relationship FOR ITS OWN SAKE. What else is there?
And let yourself accept that yes, you are jealous, and that this is NOT an abnormal state to be in.
Perhaps the only other thing I might suggest is to try to avoid letting it affect your behaviour. You can't change your feelings by force of will, but you can try to control what you do. And that's one of the gifts of serving as a submissive: learning self-control. Learning to move our focus outside of ourselves and onto someone else, and basing our behaviour on someone else's needs and requirements. We willingly agree to change that focus and, in a relationship with a skilled, responsible, thoughtful Dom(me), we learn and grow.
I know it's hard.
I think if submission weren't hard, weren't a challenge, we wouldn't gain so much from it.
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So what do you think?