About the Author
Deborah Addington is an author, teacher, writer, activist, journalist, 18year practitioner of the BDSM arts, pornographist, sexualist and artist. She has a degree in English Literature and a credential in Women's Studies. She is an ordained cleric in the tradition of Modern Mysticism and author of Fantasy Made Flesh (Greenery).
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For some, the term play piercing has the ring of an oxymoron. How could having a needle slid beneath the skin be playful How erotic or transcendent can it be to get punctured Doesn't that hurt For many of us, our only exposure to hypodermic needles is in a medical context, and usually unpleasant. Getting a shot or having blood drawn are hardly erotic, sensuous experiences leading to an altered state of perception. For people who were traumatized by needles at a n early age this negative association can be difficult to break. Difficult, but far from impossible: play piercing can dramatically change one's relationship to needles from something fearful and unpleasant to something delicious and sensual. When we surrender to sensations we're not sure we can manage, we get bigger in order to make room for them. When we take the reins of control from another, we get bigger in order to hold and guide our travels with them. At the end of a journey that makes us bigger, we experience a unique type of pleasure; that pleasure extends itself to include the instruments of pain that helped us to get out of our own way. We learn to love difficult things for the lessons they can teach us, and that includes needles.