"Some people have confused equality with symmetry, making the assumption that everyone should have the same thing . . . Sometimes setting the same rules for both partners simply doesn't make sense because you are different people who want different things. In attempting to give each person equality you could lose sight of what each person actually wants. Work to achieve balance rather than equality." Tristan Taormino
And that is exactly how it works for me. It is about balance. It is about achieving a balance. It is about different people with different needs who want different things and whose needs certainly won't be met by the same rules!I don't want equality.
I don't want superiority.
I want a balance.
A relationship which works by giving each person (or persons) within that relationship the balance that they need. We all have different needs, we all want different things. There will of course be needs and wants that are shared, but it is still quite possible to have those different needs and wants met, even when there is such a big difference.
I do not want symmetry and I think just with how they are established that a relationship with power exchange cannot reflect symmetry, not really. I don't think they are about "equality", but they are about a balance. A balance which is achieved through that exchange of power, a balance which is achieved because there are different rules for each person, but ones which enable each persons needs to be met. That the exchange of power brings about that balance, brings about those needs being met, regardless of how different they actually are.
I need to be in control. For me, it is all about control. I need to dominate because that is who I am. What I am. What I need. The balance within my own relationships comes from being with someone who has quite the opposite needs and it comes with that power exchange.
Of course each relationship will find balance in different ways, according to the needs of each person and in what way they achieve it or indeed perhaps need it. But for me, it isn't about equality or my being superior, it is all about achieving a balance.
And I very much need that balance.
But it comes from an exchange of power.
It comes from being within female led relationships, it comes from aspects of D/s, it comes from my dominating over someone who submits, simply it comes from my being in control. It comes from the bringing together of two different people who are at different ends of the D/s spectrum. But because they do, they naturally balance.
And that works for me!