I’ve noticed a huge discrepancy when it comes to service and gender, at least among hetero couples. (And once again, there is a divide between online and real life, which I’ll touch on later.) Online, it’s common to see women looking for men to do their housework. When they don’t find what they’re seeking, they rail against submissive men as being a bunch of wankers, not really submissive, etc. Then when you look at the dominant men, they take the approach of, “I got this, I’ll take care of my stuff and you take care of yours. Now suck my dick.” And you don’t see many subs of any gender clamoring to do housework. They exist, but they are far more rare.
One obvious part of the equation is that women in our society aren’t allowed to own their sexuality. If you like sex, you’re a whore. If you make the first move, you’re a skank. Men on the other hand are encouraged to own their desire for sex, and being the aggressor is pretty much a requirement in dating. All this gender-based baggage clearly carries over into how much a particular dominant person is pushing for sex to be part of it.
It’s important to break things down further. There is a difference between sex, play, and service. Sometimes the lines between them can get fuzzy, but most of the time they’re pretty clear-cut. Some people enjoy casual play; others don’t. Same goes for sex and service. Out of those three categories, I know lots of people into casual play and sex, but not service. Those types seem to be in far shorter supply. We all have to get something out of what we do, whatever that “something” may be. Those who get something out of doing someone’s housework aren’t exactly the most common people out there. Dominant men seem to understand this; yet many dominant women will bash male subs who don’t fall into this category because they’re “selfish” and “thinking with their dicks.”
In that light, when a submissive woman offers casual play or casual sex, the dominant men don’t make fun of her and say she’s not a Real True sub™. Yet this is the treatment submissive men get frequently. Is it any wonder so many men have trouble coming to terms with their submission? Not only do they have to overcome all the crap society shoves down their throats about being a “real man”, but then they get into this community and are told their desires are not valid, that sadists don’t exist, and that if they want anything kinky, they’ll have to pay for it either in housework or in cash. And forget sex; real dominant women never have sex with submissive men.
All the behavior I mentioned so far in this post occurs almost exclusively online. In the real world, service hardly ever enters into our community’s vocabulary. You see it sometimes, but it’s a fringe interest. Many people, like me, just aren’t wired as service-oriented. (I’m prone to feeling taken advantage of and developing resentment if we’re not both pulling our weight.) In our community, casual play and casual sex are all over the place. Service, not so much. Especially casual service. Yet all the things that submissive men online are told don’t exist (casual play, casual sex) abound.
How do we correct this misrepresentation so common online? Lots of people (including me when I was new) are discouraged from getting involved in the BDSM community because of the way it’s portrayed online. Getting in arguments with random internet strangers is rarely productive. From my experience, correcting misconceptions is more similar to erosion than demolition. Live your life, lead by example, and slowly wear away at fallacies. It’s not a quick or easy path, but it’s one of the most effective processes we have.