BDSM GLOSSARY – W

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Wannabe: A derogatory term, often applied to a Dominant, 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 Dominant or submissive in the hope of picking up dates. In either case, this person can be dangerous, and should be avoided. ( see Red Flags )

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.

Wax play: A type of Sensation 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” a “damsel in distress”; that is, a submissive who has serious emotional problems, usually caused by an abusive childhood or relationship, or a traumatic experience such as rape. While the White Knight’s motives are certainly commendable, it is often the case that the problems are too serious to be dealt with by a well-meaning partner; he must be very careful to evaluate whether she may need professional counseling, or simply more time to overcome her trauma, before she is ready for a meaningful relationship. Otherwise, he risks making matters even worse.

WIITWD: "What it is that we do." A broad term referring to all forms of alternative sexuality.

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.

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