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Internal Enslavement Essays

Before reading these essays, it might be worth reading the Frequently Asked Questions about IE which serves as a general introduction. Additionally, our Glossary provides brief definitions of the terms we use, and pointers to relevant essays.

Most of the recent writing related to Internal Enslavement has been in the IE and O&P blog posts and the O&P Wiki rather than in the form of new essays here.

Male submission, Evolution and Enslavement (5 April 2004)
  We suspect that different forces are at work in men and women, just as we subscribe to the existence of the more "vanilla" gender differences identified in Evolutionary Psychology and other fields. Consequently, we have limited the size of the field we're trying to understand at this stage. This essay is a departure from that policy and is the result of a recent discussion on the interplay between genetics and D/s, and outlines some ways in which one candidate theory about D/s - that men are genetically predisposed to submission - fails to measure up ...

Finding Enslavement (4 June 2002)
  In this essay I aim to deal with some of the issues involved in finding a dominant or submissive with which to build an Internal Enslavement relationship. I will start by describing the landscape in which your search will have to take place, talk about some of the places in which you might look, and then suggest ways of managing consent in the early stages of the relationship ...

The Natural Slave (6 April 2002)
  I'd like to discuss the ancient concept of the Natural Slave, and how it may be updated and applied to Internal Enslavement. To be a Natural Slave - to be a slave by nature - implies that the individual has some inherent, innate or inborn character trait which predisposes them to slavery in some way ...

Maslow and the Actualized Slave by Carolyn Vakesh (5 December 2001)
  It seems to me that Maslow's hierarchy and theory of self-actualization has a great deal to commend it to us for consideration of where it fits within the M/s relationship. Before I go any further, though, let me review the idea of Internal Enslavement. My understanding of the use of the term is that Internal Enslavement occurs when the following conditions are met ...

The Troubled Submissive by yaldah tovah (added 27 September 2001)
  In an earlier paper, I highlighted the developmental line that produces a healthy adult heterosexual submissive female. I highlighted the role of temperament and environment and how they interact to influence the personality development of girls destined to have a submissive orientation in adulthood. In doing so, I alluded to problems in development that can occur, and in this paper, will expand on those ...

So you want to be a slave? by miria hunter (added 19 September 2001)
  I decided to write this article because I have seen so many submissives come into the lifestyle expecting everything to be dream-like and perfect. I don't wish to ruin anyone's dreams, or turn them from the activity, but what I wish to do is to explain how things really are ...

Ego States by lili (5 July 2001)
  Many people talk about the child inside the submissive. Their "inner child" or the "little girl inside." So many, infact, that there must, undeniably, be something in it. I know that I have had far more experiences in a "child-like" state since entering the process of Internal Enslavement than I ever had previously ...

Coexistence (12 June 2001)
  It's not so hard for the mainstream BDSM scene to get more public tolerance, since they can come up with slogans like "Safe, Sane and Consensual" or say that safewords are always used. This isn't much good for us though, because M/s and Ownership relationships embody the concept of alienable rights that can indeed be removed. ...

Polygynous Enslavement (12 June 2001)
  Personally, I'm attracted to a pragmatic view of things, and to look at the practical consequences of, say, a Master trying to own two slaves at the same time. In particular, what obstacles does this present to the whole Enslavement process? ...

Five point scale of bottoms (14 Feb 2001)
  This is a scale of how much authority over the "bottom" is acquired by the "top". It is an attempt to describe a system of terms which will be useful in discussing the various phenomena associated with SM, D/s and M/s ...

Laura Antoniou's "The Marketplace" (29 Jan 2001)
  This essay review of Laura Antoniou's book "The Marketplace", concentrates on two topics: contrasting the Marketplace culture with the BDSM Scene, and with Internal Enslavement ...

The phrase "Total Power Exchange" (28 Jan 2001)
  "Internal Enslavement" and "Total Power Exchange" cover much of the same ground. However, we feel that there are some marked problems with the term TPE ...

Reactance to Enslavement (12 Oct 2000)
  The theory of "Psychological Reactance" was first proposed by J.W. Brehm in 1966, and has become a well established tool in the academic study of persuasion and related psychological processes. This essay briefly reviews the theory, and then applies it to Internal Enslavement ...

Techniques of Enslavement (12 Oct 2000)
  One question that is often asked by people who've read the Internal Enslavement website and Frequently Asked Questions, is about the practicalities of Enslavement. What does it actually involve doing? I believe the answer to that question is simple to state, although it involves a lot of work ...

Opposition to Enslavement (31 Aug 2000)
  In talking about the ideas of Internal Enslavement (IE) we've noticed that it often provokes strong emotional reactions in public forums, mailings lists and discussion groups. This should be no suprise, since IE is a radical but largely unfamiliar theory in most parts of the M/s subculture and the wider D/s scene ...

The Significance of Fantasies by yaldah tovah (May 2000)
  I believe that some people have particular kinds of sexual fantasies that hold enormous power to shape not only their sexuality, but also their lives. I call these fantasies "signal fantasies" because they call attention to an overriding psychosexual need, which can be so determinative of behavior that they define identities and shape lives ...

The Healthy Submissive by yaldah tovah (May 2000)
  So often, women who are newly aware of their submissive needs endure a period of self doubt around the troubling question: "am I sick?" I've seen women read the psychiatric diagnostic manual and then ask, "Do I have borderline personality disorder?" ...

The Process of Enslavement by yaldah tovah (May 2000)
  A Master takes away his slave's free use of time. Her time no longer belongs to her. She rises in the morning when instructed, and her use of time is at Master's will ... When you take away a woman's free use of her time, it no longer belongs to her, but becomes Master's time. I think there is no more powerful psychological experience than that of not owning your own time ...

Roles (July 1999)
  It is often said that Master / slave relationships contain aspects of the Teacher and student relationship, as well as that of Master and servant. Following the Internal Enslavement approach, I would like to add a third pair of roles: Counsellor and client ...

Discipline: rules & punishment by yaldah tovah (July 1999)
  The first step in thinking through whether and how to punish starts with the command. What is being controlled, and why? ...

Three Principles (March 1999)
  1. Do no harm. 2. Know your slave. 3. Build on foundations. ...

Slave Development (March 1999)
  I believe that the attraction to being submissive very often emerges during childhood and in many of the slaves we see around us this has continued to grow during adolescence and adulthood, perhaps in relationships, perhaps only through fantasies ...
 
 
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