How did dominants, submissives, those into bdsm etc connect before the internet? I wandered this after my daughters display of horror after talking to her about my childhood and that i didnt have the internet when i was her age or mobile phones come to that...so anyway yes it got me thinking how did they connect?
My Master first discovered this lifestyle when he was at university so aged about 17 i think and he is 50 now so yes well there was definitly no internet then umm was there even computers! he got involved with a women (i seem to recall he said she was quite a bit older than him but i might be mistaken) and she opened his eyes to it all. Im going to have to interrogate him about back then a bit more, he says that it was very much word of mouth, knowing the right people in the know, knowing where to go...it all seems a bit vague to me. He has travelled to a fair few countries in the past on business and has had 'experiences' in some of them, i mean how do you know where to go or what is the right thing to say to the right people?
Of course now we have the internet which makes bdsm and meeting people more accessible, for people like myself it was where i discovered this whole lifestyle and helped me to realise that im not abnormal. Its just so different now i guess besides from the internet you have munches, clubs etc that are more accessible for those that have an interest and want to learn more....but i do wander if just because its easier now does that make it necessarily better? i dont know and i cant say whether it was better then or now.
So if there are any 'mature' readers reading this who were in the lifestyle pre internet i would love to hear your opinions.