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Just to clarify, I truly feel the author of the book in question would FULLY agree with what you have said. I hope he speaks up.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2011 on Switzerland, No More at Leatherati Voices
You know, I think I even KNOW the person who wrote the book in question. He is a friend of yours, as I recall. I have spent time in his home, and considered accepting his collar. I too will refrain from mentioning the name of the person or the book. As neither is really important to making my point (or yours). I will confirm privately if you care to. But, I too agree ENTIRELY with what you said. Each of us is on our own journey. I recently accepted a collar, and my Daddy (or Sir, or whatever)is and was active in our community in roughly the same era as this book describes. Granted not in the San Fran area the author lived in. He doesn't consider himself "Old Guard" because he chooses to create his own protocols. And even he agrees these protocols were different in every city, every club and with every man in our community at the time. My Sir is a Sir because he has proven to me he is one, by OUR standards. I ask nobody else to recognize him or us if they choose not to. We are Daddy and boy for OUR journey. We show respect by default to others who claim to be Sirs, Masters, slaves, Dom, subs, Daddies or boys because we do ask the same. We have all met those who DON'T fit our idea of the described titles. And some we even choose not to associate with because of that. But, we don't impose our ideas on them, nor would we allow them to impose theirs on us. I have educated MANY subs on finding who and what they are. But I have explained to EVERY single one of them, you have to find your OWN definitions of boy, slave and the like. I also explain that they must understand that there are definitely existing "prevailing" ideas of what those terms mean, and that everyone will have THEIR own definition. SO the key is to know your own. If you read my profile on RECON (boychristopher) you will find MY definition of "boy" at least of THIS boy. Much like religious and political beliefs, I respect everyone's right to define these things for themselves. I don't have to respect your definition, or accept it as a part of MY life. I can choose not to associate with you because you are a Mormon, or a Republican. But I don't have the right to claim you are wrong. Our community does seem to be enamored with the IDEA of an era that has long since passed. One that could NOT exist in the current culture. And as we all know, nostalgia tends to gloss over things and make them seem more idyllic than the reality truly was for those living through it. It's human nature to do so. Why else would 80's fashion be coming back into style? As I said, I am PRETTY certain I know the author and book to which you refer. I know that you are also friends with him. You called his home while I was there. He is a good man, and a GREAT Sir. Just wasn't the right one for me. He shares the stories and information in his book to educate people on how he personally experienced our community in ONE city, through ONE persons point of view. Maybe his foreward should do a better job of explaining that. I like the author very much, and it was very hard for me to turn down a chance at serving him. But, I will say this, I recall an instance where I had shared an experience of my own with him about our community. At a later date I witnessed him sharing this experience as if it were his own, nearly verbatim. At first I found this to be dishonest, but I realized that a true storyteller and a good story are always best told in the first person. And I was honored to have been able to contribute to his vast knowledge of our people and our community. This book is a look back, through somewhat rose colored glasses of a bygone era. The absolute truth and validity of it can no more be verified than can the fables of the Bible. But, like the Bible, there are many lessons and wonderful stories to take from it. And, like the Bible, it's up to each of us to interpret the book in our own way. I have read the book. I have met the author. I take the stories and protocols listed within with a grain of salt. Were I to write a book about my journey in this community, I am sure there are some details I would get wrong, embellish or even co-opt a few things from others too. Jeffrey, I encourage you to always provide your own opinion. I agree, everyone's voice deserves to be heard, but it's not your job to be silent. Nor is it your job to make sure they are heard. If they truly valued their opinion, they would express it with confidence. As I have just done. This is a great book. It contains lots of great information. And it is a wonderful guide to protocols that may or MAY NOT have existed at one time. But, we aren't living in that era. We live today, and today we can live any version of this lifestyle we choose. I recall hearing the same critiques of "The Leatherman's Handbook" and the validity of the stories contained within. I myself love "Leathersex" by Joseph Bean, because it spoke to me in a way I understood. But, I have read them all, and I have come up with MY protocols, and I have found the man who shares similar ones. We have joined together to create our OWN. I encourage everyone in our community to do the same. Thanks for standing up, Jeffrey. yours in Leather, boy christopher
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2011 on Switzerland, No More at Leatherati Voices
Amazing article, Sir. I feel much the same way you do/did about the titleholder track. I have been asked several times to run, but always felt it was more about how I looked in a jock strap than the content of my boyhood. Thanks for this. It was truly inspiring.
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