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While visiting Los Angeles, we were given the opportunity to tour the Threshold Dungeon. Two of it's members welcomed into the space while it was otherwise closed to the public and gave us an experiential tour. In short, I experiences BDSM while walking room to room.

BDSM refers to bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism -- that often come together dungeon spaces.

Everyone's experience of them will be a little different. This video shows a three minute version of my three hour tour. We talked a lot, I got undressed and redressed. We tried things and tried things again with different camera angles.

While I'm personally more vanilla, I enjoy the sense BDSM gives me of someone else being responsible for me. I enjoy feeling vulnerable, humble, even uncomfortable. And having complete control over the terms and when or if it stops.

Count Boogie (the man flogging me) didn’t say this but I knew he was studying my physiological responses like a good master. He was aware of my breathing and eye movements. He was making sure that I wasn’t crashing or getting too hyped up. He was listening for my consent and evaluating whether or not my body language matched up with it.

It was certainly a learning experience.

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Voice-over by Dr. Lindsey Doe: This is the Threshold Dungeon in North Hollywood, California. It's a kink playground for over 500 members, and on this particular day, yours truly.

I was invited by Count Boogie to take an experiential tour and go through a dozen BDSM scenes as his submissive. Starting with the lobby, where we sat down - fully clothed, no contact - to discuss: any pertinent medical conditions, my emotional triggers, sexual boundaries, safety (including how we communicate with each other) and expectations - what we wanted from the experience, were willing to do, even if it wasn't ideal, and the hard limits.

Dr. Doe: No body fluids.

Count Boogie. No body fluids. So is it okay if I cut off all your hair?

Dr. Doe: (hesitates)

Count Boogie: Say No.

Dr. Doe: Ask me at the moment. *laughing*

Count Boogie: *laughing* Yeah.

Dr. Doe: In the moment, it might be great!

Voice-over by Dr. Doe: Then Count Boogie invited me into a larger play space where kink equipment of all flavors was laid out on tables. Whips, chains, paddles, restraints and clamps, a Wartenberg wheel and a violet wand. 

I selected my preferences, then stood compliantly as the Count buckled me into soft leather cuffs and attached my wrists to a St. Andrew's Cross.

Count Boogie: Alright, these are called floggers, right here. And what they do is provide a wide range of sensations - from a nice "thuddy" to a nice "stingy!"

Voice-over by Dr. Doe: My job as a guest, and model bottom, was to let him do this - submit and obey. Keeping in mind I could use my safe-words ("Red" for Stop and "Yellow" for Caution) anytime I felt unwilling.

This is me being bound in braided rope to a suspension winch. While restrained, Count Boogie explored my erotic interest in the violet wand (a low current, high voltage electrical stimulation.)

Count Boogie: So what it does, is it creates an electrical charge and ignites the gas that's in this ball, and when I put it against your skin the electricity goes straight into you, but when I pull it a little bit away, the electricity is trying to find a ground to go to, and it makes a zap like that.

Voice-over by Dr. Doe: On my skin it was painless, but pulled slightly away from my breast, that's when I got shocked.

Count Boogie: Little tickly.

Dr. Doe: Mmm... that's not my favorite sensation.

Voice-over by Dr. Doe: A lot of BDSM Dungeon culture is about sensations: physical and psychological. Count Boogie just placed my hands on this web, unrestrained, and yet there's still a sensation of being trapped. I know Boogie isn't going to touch me with the whip, but it's crack still causes me to flinch. And similarly, the sharp blade of this large knife across my chest, can evoke all sorts of thoughts and feelings. I had to trust that without my mouth, the use of my hands, or the ability to run away, Count Boogie cared about my well-being and was never going to hurt me without consent. 

I also trusted that he was trained in all of these techniques. That he knew how to rub oil onto my skin before wax play, and what temperature the wax needed to be. He knew the delicacy of cupping - how to create a suction without rupturing blood vessels. And, how to light me on fire.

Being bound, disciplined, dominated and beaten at the Threshold Dungeon was an enlightening 3 hour process. I got to revisit familiar experiences and open myself to new ones. As the Threshold website states: "We are all new at one point. Many of us were nervous about what to expect. So our goal is to empower you with an understanding of threshold kink and BDSM."

Whether you ever visit and/or participate in what dungeons have to offer... stay curious.

Dr. Doe: I want to give my warmest thanks to Threshold and their team. It was an amazing experience, completely consensual, really fun to play with them. If you're in California, specifically Los Angeles, please check them out.
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