Have you ever thought, “Why do I want to be spanked?” Pam did. But she kept thoughts like these to herself throughout a 43-year happy marriage complete with kids and grandkids. Pam met her husband Doug, a war
“I was raised in a super-religious environment, and I was a virgin when we got married. I never masturbated before then or anything like that,” she says. And Doug, who has written over 20,000 pages of nonfiction history, was equally as conservative. It wasn’t until after reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that Pam felt her fantasies were validated. She soon asked reluctant Doug to treat her like he was Christian Grey, the handsome billionaire dom from the erotic novels.
“I’m old-school,” Doug says. “I’ve never hit a woman in my life, and the idea of hurting Pam was absolutely abhorrent to me.” At the time, what Doug misconstrued about BDSM is that the sessions are not so much about pain as they are about sensation, Pam says.
“Fear triggers adrenaline, so that introduces the adrenaline rush into your playtime, which really heightens your sensation of everything else,” Doug says. “The pain factor gets the endorphins going and leads to what they sometimes call subspace, a total euphoria. ... [Endorphins and adrenaline], they are the body’s natural high.”
After some education and coaxing, the once timid Doug transformed into Sir D, a confident dom who uses torches to get his wife off. He told
The Colorado couple’s personal Red Room is inspired by Christian Grey’s room in the books and movies. Red fabric lines the walls. Large vibrators sit on a table under a peg board stocked with paddles, whips and a Wartenberg wheel, a tool with tiny spikes used to roll over the skin.
Sir D and pam released a book, The Reluctant Husband’s Guide to Becoming Christian Grey, the story of their transition into the culture and a treasure trove of BDSM tips and lessons. The comprehensive guide uses humor to educate the reader on a world that may be taboo but is rooted in communication and consent, since
“Most couples think that honest communication is the key to a happy relationship, but they don't understand that honest communication does not mean just talking honestly," Doug says. "It means talking completely, being unafraid to be vulnerable enough to each other and admit that you have thoughts, desires, fantasies that some people might think are strange, but you need to have the comfort level with your partner to not hold anything back.”