W – glossary

wannabe: A derogatory term, often applied to a Dom, but sometimes a sub. (1) One who claims to be knowledgeable and experienced in BDSM, but is not. (2) A person who ignores accepted BDSM practices, particularly in the area of SSC. (3) A troll who is posing as a Dom or sub in the hope of picking up dates. In either case, this person can be dangerous, and should be avoided.

Wartenberg pinwheel: A small implement consisting of a short handle to which is affixed a small wheel with a number of sharp needle-like projections around its outer edge. Used by neurologists to test nerve function in the skin and by people in the BDSM community for sensation play.

waterboarding: Is a form of torture that consists of immobilizing the victim on his or her back with the head inclined downwards, and then pouring water over the face. Through forced suffocation and inhalation of water, the subject experiences a sensation akin to drowning. Psychological edge play.

Watersports: any play that involves urination, usually involving one person urinating on another for sexual gratification. Sometimes referred to as a Golden Shower.

wax play: The top drips hot wax on the bottom. (See “fire and ice“) Safety note:It is important what kind of candle is used, as some have a much higher melting temperature than others, and can cause second-degree burns (blisters). Plain paraffin is best; for example, most ’emergency’ candles (which are also quite cheap). Scented, colored, “long burning”, “dripless” and beeswax candles can burn very hot.

White Knight: A Dominant who has a desire to “rescue” “‘damsels’ in distress”; submissives who have serious emotional problems, usually caused by traumatic experiences such as an abusive childhood, relationship, or rape. While the White Knight’s motives are certainly commendable, often such problems are too serious to be dealt with by a well-meaning partner. Good motives could be (or become) codependent behaviours, harming the White Knight and enabling, rather than helping, his or her partners.

wooden horse: An implement consisting of a wooden plank supported edgewise between two upright fixed posts, or of two sheets of wood coming together at a sharp angle, to which a submissive is bound with her legs off the floor. The goal is to place pressure on the genitals, and/or to position her for activities such as impact play or penetration.

worship (cock/pussy/strap-on): Play in which the bottom worships the cock, pussy or strap on. This often involves oral stimulation, but can be done gagged. Think caressing and nuzzling.

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