Kinky Merit Badges

Posted at 15:38 on 5 Nov 2010 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: kinky merit badges, making a scene

Some friends of mine have recently launched an awesome new concept: kinky merit badges. I'm sure they're not the first to think of the idea, but as far as I know they're the first to actually implement it. Their initial range features 20 beautifully designed, embroidered cloth badges with gold trim to be earned or bestowed for excellence in the field.



Simple concept, but I'm really proud of where they've taken it. The badges are of as high a quality as any official scouting or guiding badge - gorgeous colours, pleasing to hold. The designs are brilliant - all designed to be as flexible and egalitarian as possible, with a range of skin tones, and without any gender prejudice. The Cross-dressing badge in particular is a work of genius, and could just as easily depict a man dressed as a woman or vice versa. Not an easy feat - I'm impressed. The only gender-specific badges are Deep Throat (in which the deep-throater could be male or female, but the recipient definitely has a cock), Shibari (in which the bondage bunny is obviously female-bodied) and Voyeurism (in which the voyeur is unspecified, but they're watching a heterosexual couple).

Not all of the initial range are ones I would be interested in owning, but well over half of them are. I was in the middle of trying to decide whether I should buy any of them to award to my Dom/mes, when my friends at Pernicious Deeds pre-empted me. They gave a full set of badges to D gratis, as a thankyou for his involvement in helping them set up the business, and suggested he award them to me one by one, and they thought I might like to blog each badge as I earned it. This way I get all the badges I'm interested in, some hot scenes and some material for the blog, and they get some publicity - which I would have given them anyway, but I'm not going to turn down an offer like that. :)

Because we're poly, of course, it immediately got much more complicated as D and I tried to work out which badges we were interested in earning together, which ones I might want to earn with Penny, and he and Tom colluded on which ones Tom was going to give me, bearing in mind factors like health and time constraints as well as which kinks I indulge with which partners. I still haven't negotiated any scenes with Tom or Penny, although I have ideas, and while I can guess which badges D and Tom have each claimed for themselves, I have no idea when or how I'll be asked to earn them. And none of us get the chance to play as often as we'd like, so it might take a while to work through them all. But that's no bad thing.

D has just awarded me the first Kinky Merit Badge of my collection. You can probably guess which one. But you'll have to wait until the next post to hear about how I earned it...

Comments

Your "domestic service" badge is deliciously on the boundary between kink, anti-feminist blowback, and what for lack of a better term I'll call "class play".

When I say "class play", I mean as described in the book "Imperial Leather..." reviewed in this post on El Tercer Ojo: http://www.eltercerojo.net/2007/05/academic_fetish.html

What a brilliant idea! The armchair military historian in me is delighted. Why did I not think of this myself? Oh well.

Someone needs to do a video clip using these, a Monty Python-esque military spoof. Kinky field exercises followed by an award ceremony. How about we shoot that the next time Kaelah and I visit you and Tom?

LOVE THEM!

I can't wait to hear how you earn them. :)

And where exactly would you wear them?
TC

I LOVE these...I would also like a special one made for some of the more extreme play I have done...

BRILLIANT idea!!!!

i like the badges and as you get them maybe you can put them on an old brownie uniform that would be nice.love simon.

Karl - surely it could only be described as "anti-feminist blowback" if it was M/f, though? Which isn't at all implied by the badge! Would you say the same of F/f domestic service, or domestic service performed by a man?

FWIW, I don't see any "anti-feminist" implications in my enjoyment of negotiated service. It's much more about finding a way of looking after a dom who needs it without damaging their pride ;)

That post is absolutely fascinating, though. Talk about reclaiming power imbalances! I'm not sure it's an angle I'm comfortable with, though. For instance, I'm only happy doing housework as play in a relationship where the housework is not a point of contention and is usually divided equally. But I can see how someone brought up in a strongly unequal class society might want to reclaim that imbalance in a consensually negotiated power relationship - similar, I think, to someone with chronic pain reclaiming their pain experience by engaging in consensual BDSM. The Munby/Cullwick relationship seems to be far more complicated than that, though. Fascinating!

Ludwig - I think I'll be earning all the badges I'm going to in private play, and doing a commercial video with them would feel a little crass to me, in a "product placement" sort of way. Of course you're welcome to order some and make your own non-commercial clip, though!

Caroline - Aren't they awesome? Post should be going up later today :)

TC - I'm thinking a plain black sash in the style of my Guiding ones, with a suitably kinky pin at the bottom, which I can then wear over any uniform I want to - school, military, Guiding :) Other people sew them to shirts, bags, epaulettes and hats, though...

Leia - Hoped you might! The Pernicious Deeds people read this blog, so do let me know any ideas you have - they are planning to expand the range over time if they get enough interest :)

Simon - I'm thinking a sash I can wear over different uniforms, for authenticity and versatility. Doubt I could find a Brownie uniform in my size, but I'm planning to replace my old Guide one at some point!

J here from kinkymeritbadges.com. It's wonderful to hear that people like our badges and we're already planning our next set to have made.

Leia-Ann, if you have something specific in mind, please do email us and let us know, or leave a comment on either our Facebook page or on our Fetlife page http://url.ie/82wk This is just the first set of what we hope will be a much bigger line of badges and, as we're a part of the kink world, we very much want to make the things we and others like us would want to earn/bestow. We're very much open to ideas and suggestions.

Pandora - Actually, I was joking when I mentioned that video clip idea. :)

maybe you could put the badges on some school knickers as they are very big so there would be a lot of room to fit the badges.love simon.

Ludwig - my apologies, your sarcasm indicator wasn't flashing :)

Pandora - I wasn't being sarcastic, which would presuppose some kind of bitterness on my part or the intention to taunt. That was not my state of mind. I was merely, as I would call it, jesting in good fun.

Sorry for being so nitpicky on semantics, but I don't want my reputation for sarcasm to get out of hand...

I have just bought badges for a few friends to send as small Christmas gifts. I suppose I should warn them not to open in front of their family. Though that might be fun.

[...] on the bed in a blissful haze when he jumps up and starts digging through a drawer. He gives me a kinky merit badge and I don’t guess until I’m holding it in my hands which one it’s going to [...]

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