Celebration of Power Fetish & BDSM Club

Address: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Email: celebrationofpower@gmail.com
Website: http://www.celebrationofpower.net/about.html

Welcome to Celebration of Power

Celebration of Power is a private club based in Colorado Springs, formed in 2000, to give the Community a safe place to learn and explore the lifestyle. We currently have a few functions such as members only play parties and our “First Friday Munch” that is open to anyone and everyone. We are a pansexual organization and we take great pride in being open to all of our brothers and sisters in the lifestyle.

The first step to becoming a member of Celebration of Power is to attend one of our munches and meet the board members. The munches are designed to give folks a non-threatening and casual way to get out and meet people in the local BDSM community. There is more information about all the events and functions in the Colorado Springs area available at the Colorado Springs BDSM Group.

We hope you will find this website to be a valuable resource as you travel down your chosen path.

Please feel free to email us with any feedback you might have about our organization or any CoP events.

Membership

So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Member?

The first thing you will probably want to do is get on the mailing list. This will give you an opportunity to get to know some of the current membership and our board members. You can do this by joining our Yahoo group. You’ll also be able to post messages, questions, and get a chance to better understand our group and how we operate.

After you have had a chance to become familiar with us via the internet, you’ll want to think about coming to a munch. There, you’ll meet the board and other community members, in person. The munches are designed to give you a non-threatening and casual way to get out and meet people in the local BDSM community. You’ll find information about this and other functions in a variety of places including the events page of this website, the CoP Yahoo Group, and the Colorado Springs BDSM Yahoo Group.

Once we have had a chance to get know each other, you will probably be invited to come to one of our monthly parties. From there it’s just good times with good friends.

The next thing you will want to do is to complete a membership application. You can download the membership application.

All members must complete the application and bring it to us in person at any of our public events. The Board will review and approve your application at the monthly Board Meeting.

Celebration of Power membership is $10 annually and all dues go towards various educational events we put together and outreach such as First Friday.

If you have any questions about membership in CoP that remain unanswered, please feel free to e-mail us with them and we will get back to you with an answer as soon as we can.

Etiquette

All of our play parties happen at Voodoo Leatherworks. In order to attend a play party you will need to go through orientation. This happens at 6:30pm the evening of our play party. Our play party is the 3rd Saturday of the month beginning at 7:00pm.

First, please let us reassure you of a couple of things. You will not be expected to play, nor will you be expected to do anything you don’t want to do. That said, let’s go over some basic dungeon etiquette, and please remember…this is CoP etiquette. You may attend other organization’s functions that have different etiquette requirements.

  1. Do not make assumptions.
  2. Negotiate all scenes.
  3. Do not assume that the presence of someone at this party means they are available.
  4. Do not involve yourself in a scene without an invitation.
  5. Never touch anyone, their equipment, or belongings without permission.
  6. Privacy and discretion are to be respected. All information about party activities, attendees, etc. is to be considered confidential.
  7. Treat everyone with equal respect — Doms, subs, and switches. Do not assume if someone is submissive that they are there to serve you.
  8. Drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden at play parties.
  9. Smoking will be allowed in established smoking areas only.
  10. Please agree on safe words for scenes. “Red” will be a default safe word.
  11. Respect scenes. Limit conversation and screaming in the play area. Don’t crowd the playing areas.
  12. Respect the play space. Clean up after all scenes. Use a drop cloth when waxing. No scat play in the dungeon.
  13. Dungeon Monitors have the final word on everything including the right to stop an unsafe or abusive scene. Check with the DM before any fireplay such as waxing, cupping, flash paper, etc.; piercing; or bloodsports
  14. Photo and video equipment and cell phones are strictly forbidden in the play space.

Safe Sex and Safe Play

Safe sex is a must, not only from an HIV point of view. Generally speaking, an erotic power exchange scene is not more dangerous than any other form of sex, provided you take sufficient precautions.

Condoms

Always use a condom when penetrating, either vaginally or anally. Using condoms when having oral sex is generally advised (you can buy mint or menthol flavored condoms for this purpose). This may sound silly, but if you have never bought condoms before, please avoid the vending machines in dance clubs, bars, etc. The problem is that you never know how old the condoms are when you buy them. A condom with an expired maximum vending date is unsafe to use. Do use condoms when penetrating with vibrators, dildos or other toys. When in scene, it is very possible your toys will lay about and attract dust and germs. Using condoms on your toys will keep them in a better condition as well and makes them easier to clean afterwards. Some women will show allergic reactions to the lubricant that is standard on most condoms. If you are not sure, buy non-lubricated condoms with a separate, water based lubricant.

Dental Dams

It is a must to use dental dams when rimming (licking the outside anal area) and it is generally advised for oral-vaginal contact. Outside the USA, dental dams are sometimes hard to get. Contact a Center for Information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases for addresses.

Gloves

Gloves will protect yourself and your partner from all sorts of things. When penetrating either the vagina or anus, wear gloves. Especially when you are fisting (including vaginal fisting).

Lubricant

Lubricant makes it easier to penetrate, both vaginally and anally. Buy only water based lubricants. Oil based lubricants will ruin your condoms and other protective gear in seconds (this goes for your valuable latex clothing as well!!). Be aware of the fact that massage oil, baby oil and butter will have the same effect on latex. Some lubricants content Nonoxynol 9. Some women have allergic reactions to this. If you want to be on the safe side, buy a lubricant without it. On the other hand, Nonoxynol 9 makes it a lot more difficult for the HIV virus to survive.

HIV Risks

All the general stuff about HIV infection (direct blood and sperm contact) of course goes for erotic power exchange as well. Take extra precautions when you are whipping and (accidentally) draw blood or when you are into needle play. Nipple clamps sometimes may cause bleeding of the nipples, especially while your sub is having her period. Intense stimulation of the nipples – clamps, binding and piercing(!!) – may incidentally cause the nipple to lactate slightly. Even some men will start to produce small amounts of lactate sometimes! Lactate may very well contain the HIV virus. Extra precautions should, of course, be taken if you are into edge play situations.

Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)

Alternative sexual games open new possibilities for STD infection. Most of these are caused by viruses and are easy to catch if you allow them to enter a body opening (sex organ, mouth or small wound). We will give some short descriptions here:

Viral Infections

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are different forms (A and B are the most common), caused by a virus. Symptoms may vary from relatively harmless flu type reactions to fatal liver diseases.

Herpes (also around in different forms) causes small fluid filled blisters. It is a virus. The blistering will not be triggered by the disease but by external factors like exposure to the sun, emotional stress or another illness or fever. The blisters may appear on and around the mouth, the genitals or other parts of the body, depending on the type. Herpes is not fatal, but may cause complications with other infections and sometimes can be painful. Herpes simplex, that may cause blisters on the mouth and/or genitals, cannot yet be cured.

Syphilis in modern society is rare, but still around. It is caused by an organism and causes swellings on the body that will leave a scar after healing. Unrecognized syphilis will eventually ruin the vascular and nervous systems and cause death.

Genital Warts (small swellings in and around the genitals) are caused by a virus. They may cause the development of cervix cancer and should be taken seriously. They need early and repeated treatment.

Bacteria

Gonorrhoea has been around for ages and still is. It may cause sterility (men) or inflammation of the Fallopian tube (women). An infected woman may pass it on to the eyes of a newborn child when the infection occurs during pregnancy.

Chlamydial and Ureaplasmal Infections are the most common group of STD’s. They are likely to cause all sorts of diseases. Treatment and interruption of sexual contacts is advised. This group spreads easily and rapidly. Having dirty hands or fingernails when penetrating or dirty toys are the most common causes.

We have mentioned only the most common STD’s here, there are a lot more around. When in doubt, always check with your doctor. You may be embarrassed about it. This is only natural and the doctor will understand this. Remember, it may the first time you are confronted with STD, but the doctor has seen it all before. Not seeing the doctor in almost all cases leads to trouble.

Toy Transmitters

Most of the STD’s will not go away by themselves and some are nasty and persistent. Some BDSM techniques may be responsible for transmitting STDs. Unprotected toys are the most common transmitter of bacteria and are likely to cause one of the infections, mentioned above. Even if it has just been laying around for a while it may have picked up bacteria. When you penetrate, always use a condom and do not forget your wonderful penis-shaped whip grip.

Bondage Ropes, when used in the genital area, are another transmitter of disease. The general advice is to wash your ropes regularly, disinfect them and reserve marked ropes for these areas. When just hanging on the wall and not being used for some time germs and bacteria may find a nice nest inside your bondage ropes. Nipple clamps are another well known toy in this area. Again regularly clean and disinfect them.

Leather is a living material and germs and bacteria will nest in it, especially if these toys have not been used for some time.

Whipping causes the small veins in the skin to open up and send blood to the whipped area. This creates an expressway for viruses and bacteria to infiltrate the body and not only the STD-related ones. You should be aware of this phenomena, especially when whipping the genital area. Extra attention to hygiene and regular cleaning and disinfecting of whips is required.

First Aid Kit

This entire section may scare you a bit. There is no need for that, but it is always advisable to be aware of possible risks and to take precautions when necessary. This goes for having a first aid kit around as well. Mishaps always occur. Any general first aid kit will do, with two extras: first of all a pair of bandage scissors. These will enable you to quickly and safely cut ropes and even leather straps when you need to. Bandage scissors avoid harming your partner unintentionally. Next to this it is handy to have freeze spray (or cold spray) around for muscle treatment (makes a wonderful toy as well).

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