Minerva's Breakdown 

Advice for those on the verge


Dear Minerva,

What are your feelings on, shall we say, "alternative therapy?" Recently, I had what was very likely a manic episode that resulted in erratic, obsessive behavior and major sexual compulsions. Thankfully, nothing ended dangerously, but I was posting and surfing in some shady places trying to get a particular fetish fed. Finally, I got it fed, by my significant other. To try to be a tame as possible on the topic, it involved a leather belt and some bruises that I'm definitely feeling every time I sit. The next day, I woke up and felt calm and relaxed. I feel like this says something about my psychological being, and I'm analyzing it. I guess I just want opinions.


Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar

Dear Beat Me:

Some people find solace in a good beating. If that helps you on your path, you will find no one more permissive than me. As long as you aren't hurting yourself or others and you are both capable of consent, let loose. I have known people who actively enjoy and sing the praises of the BDSM lifestyle. However, while the sweetness of the lash has proven fruitful to your own psyche and emotional well-being, I am in no position to give you advice on treatment for significant mental health issues. But I will say, whatever positively augments your life, pursue passionately. Trust me, we all have our fetishes (especially yours truly). Please play safe.

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