National No Bra Day | Breast Cancer Awareness

NATIONAL NO BRA DAY

National No Bra Day is observed annually on October 13. This is a day to leave your bra at home.

National No Bra Day is meant to promote breast cancer awareness and to help raise money for research. Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and National No Bra Day should serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer.

Serafina and Sinnjara Samadhi (photo by Michael Samadhi)

Help Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Go Braless ~ Today is National No Bra Day!

Friday, October 13th, is Boobday too!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, as a part of that effort, today has been declared National No Bra Day. Since Boobday is a weekly meme honoring breasts, it seems natural to combine it with a touch of activism today.

If going braless works for you, please do! I went out braless myself today. If going braless isn’t for you, that’s ok too. Since the day is about awareness, there are lots of ways to participate.

No matter your gender identity, whether you have breasts or not, you can help spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and No Bra Day. If you have a blog, perhaps you could create a post? Maybe you are posting on social media and have a large following? How about using the #NoBraDay or #NationalNoBraDay hashtags?

If you have the financial means, please consider making a contribution to the American Cancer Society, or Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations sponsor international efforts. Also, consider Race for the Cure, which is now held in 26 countries – another way to participate.

Most of all, if you have breasts, please make an appointment for a mammogram!

Today is just my second BoobDay. I hope you enjoy the view again. And, I hope you will join me in any way you feel appropriate, in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National No Bra Day.

Boobday is a weekly meme for us to honor breasts of all shapes and sizes belonging to all types of folks.

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It’s Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day.

If you’re not sure, or simply don’t know what that means, follow the (above) link to find out.

To do my part for the event, I’ll make a little announcement of my own.

I’m a Dominant/Master/Owner/Leatherman – take your pick among those titles, any will fit. Anyone who reads the blog even a little should have figured that out by now.

I am also pansexual. This you may not know about me.

The day is running out, so I’ll just leave it there for now…

National Coming Out Day is celebrated annually on October 11 to remember the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights. The goal of National Coming Out Day is to promote a world in which it is safe for LGBT people to be open and honest about their identities.

Jessica Stahl, Ph.D., guest contributor

Psychology Today

It’s International Rabbit Day

International Rabbit Day ~ 9/23/2017

Well, my friends and dear readers, it’s International Rabbit Day.

It’s not a holiday I’d planned for.

Maybe next year…

I first heard about the event earlier this morning.

Sinnjara looked at me with a knowing grin, and said, “Master, it’s International Rabbit Day today.  Maybe you should create a post?”

I mean it sounds like fun.

Who minds a good reason to party?

Am I right?

So I started this post.

What can I say?

I’m a good Master…

Bunny Samadhi – circa 2005

When I showed Sinnjara the draft of this post, written and illustrated up to this point, she reacted with exasperation…

“MASTER, I didn’t mean THAT kind of rabbit!!!”

“Well then slave,” I replied, “Whatever kind of rabbit do you mean?”

“You know…” She said.

“Do I?”  I made a face at my slave, my ‘innocent’ face.

Sinnjara has a bit of Tinkerbell in her, I think at this point she stomped her foot.

“You know, the kind that vibrates and swirls and has really fun ears,” she stated.

Looking rather sure of herself, Sinnjara crossed her arms and sort of ‘harrumphed” at me.

“O.K., but you do know that Bunny Samadhi vibrated and swirled as she hopped around the room.  And come to think of it, her ears really were a lot of fun to pet and play with…”

Facepalm.

Yes, at this point my slave gave me the facepalm gesture.

Then I got links, on my Facebook, from places like Jezebel and Cosmopolitan.

“Oh, THAT kind of rabbit,” I said.  “Let me create some art for that kind of rabbit…”

So, I updated the post, as you can see.

But when I showed Sinnjara, the face I got didn’t look too much like joy.  No, it wasn’t joy for sure.

Her eyes kinda bugged out…

“Rabbits are supposed to be fun, but your’s looks scary.  It’s evil!”

“Ya, it kinda does have a special look, doesn’t it?”  I broke out laughing, lost my straight face entirely.

More links arrived in my Facebook.

Fun Factory Miss Bi, a high-tech rabbit

I hope that’s a more aesthetically pleasing tribute to the International Rabbit (of the high-tech kind) Day.

BTW – In case you wondered, International Rabbit Day (not a marketing gimmick) is a real thing.  According to the House Rabbit Society (not dedicated to the high-tech kind of rabbit – but wouldn’t that be fun) …

“International Rabbit Day is an international day which promotes the protection and care of rabbits both domestic and wild… On International Rabbit Day, we think about the many ways that rabbits bring joy to our lives, and also the many ways in which they are harmed, by hunting, eating, medical experimentation, product testing, fur-farming, and living isolated lives in outdoor hutches.”

At this point, Master does the “told you so dance” as we walk out the door to pick up supper.

Walking out the door, my slave says, somewhat curtly, “Guess who’s going inside to pick it up?”

“I guess I am…”, I replied.

At least I got that one right!

Nap time for bunny – no doubt tired out from Rabbit Day celebrations…

I don’t know what the word ‘rabbit’ means to you.

But, I do know that today is the day to protect / celebrate / commemorate / vibrate your rabbit.

It’s also not a bad day to remember your favorite bunny.

Bunnies need loving too…

Ya know?

Today is Women’s Equality Day

I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

Malala Yousafzai

Woman’s Equality Day

In case the post title, etc., hasn’t already tipped you off – today is Women’s Equality Day.

This particular date was chosen to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

Women’s Equality Day is more than just a celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

It is also meant to call attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

Unlike Go Topless Day, this is an official event, sanctioned and proclaimed by Congress.  This year the two events happen to fall on the same day.  But, they are very much separate from each other.

Women’s Equality Day is largely the creation of Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY).  Back in 1971, U.S. Congress passed a resolution proclaiming August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

It was Congresswoman Abzug (aka “Battling Bella”) who sponsored the resolution and shepherded it through the legislative process.

We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.

Bella Abzug

Congresswoman - feminist - civil rights advocate

Women’s Equality Day for me…

I do believe very strongly in equality for all.  Equality regardless of gender, race, sexual preference, faith, etc.

For folks who know that I am a Master in a consensual power exchange, that might raise an eyebrow, or two.  I am not Master because I am inherently superior.  Any partners I might have are not slaves because of their inferiority.

Far from it…

Mastery is a role I’ve chosen.  It is a lifestyle I live.  But, it’s not a belief in my own inherent superiority.

So I heartily celebrate Woman’s Equality Day.  Obviously, I am publicizing the event here on my blog.

I honor the women who have been part of my life today.  As much as any man (with the exception of my father) they have helped me to become the individual I am today.

It’s hard to imagine the world in a time where women could not vote.  Yet, that was literally true only 100 years ago.  We’ve come a long way in the last century.

Yet, we need to go further still.  I hope that 100 years from now, our ancestors will look back and be amazed that there ever was a time when equality was even a question.  I hope that by then, life without equality is simply unimaginable…

Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary

Saturday is 10th Annual Go Topless Day

In true equality, either everyone has it or no one has it.

Nadine Gary

Celebrate Go Topless Day

Perhaps you have heard the news of the next celebration coming up this weekend?

In case you aren’t up to speed on this one, Saturday is 10th Annual Go Topless Day.

No, this isn’t “fake news”.  Despite the rumors going around Chateau Samadhi, this isn’t an idea I came up with to see more boobs.

It’s the real deal. Well, sort of…

That’s not to say it’s an official National Holiday.  Go Topless Day isn’t likely to become the new Thanksgiving. (Although, most of us should probably give thanks for boobs…)

It is one of the many unofficial holidays which seem to proliferate these days.  Obviously, it’s a celebration that has caught on.  Sustaining an effort of this sort for a full decade isn’t simple.

In all honesty, I haven’t seen this advertised as heavily on social media as Steak and Blowjob Day.  Perhaps that says something more about the quality of my being social, then it does on the relative merits of the different celebrations.

Go Topless Day Protest

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t prominently feature the fact that Go Topless Day is really a protest.  As much as I’d like to pretend the event is just about bare boobies, it’s not.  Well, it is, but it’s not…

The event is a protest.  Laws are unequal. Men are free to bare their chests in the US. In most locations in the US, women do not share that same privilege.

So, I must confess.  I write this article from a position of privilege.  I already have the right to bare my chest.

I’m a big man.  I’m not young either.  Perhaps there are neighbors who earnestly wish I would not run outside in just my shorts to something from my car.

Regardless, that’s my right.   The women who live here at Chateau Samadhi do not share that privilege.  That, at least to my eyes, is wrong.

GoTopless Day 2017:  Saturday Aug. 26.

This year, GoTopless Day falls precisely on Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26. It is indeed on Aug 26, 1920, that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made Aug 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. The president of the United States is summoned to commemorate this date each year.

It is only logical that GoTopless Day protests (or celebrations depending on the legal status of your city) would fall on Women’s Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. Please contact us if you would like to organize an event in your area so we can list your venue on our “Boob Map” 2017. (Please refer to our legal map in our section topless laws to know the topless status in your state and call your DA to know what your city’s is)

GoTopless.org

Women’s Equality Day

If you read the quote, you already know Saturday, August 26 2017 is also Women’s Equality Day.

Isn’t it a great piece of serendipity that the holiday and the protest coincide this year?

For the record, I don’t believe I’ll be able to make any of the official protests.  I’d have loved to travel to one of the cities where official protests are happening.  But, It’s just not happening this year.

Regardless, I do support the cause.

sponsored by aliens

Go Topless Day is sponsored by the Raelian Movement.  In fact, the event was originally created by the Raelians.  That’s the one detail I hadn’t yet disclosed.

Without going into too great detail about the Raelians, their beliefs are based on a series of alien encounters experienced by a man named Rael.

They expect future visitations by those extra-terrestrials.  And, their ongoing efforts are centered around preparing humanity for those visits.

To be honest, I’m not sure I understand the connection between future close encounters and the right to bare breasts.  Perhaps if I studied their belief more closely…

But, I’m not sure I care.  As far as I can tell, their beliefs are not harmful.  They don’t wish to oppress anyone’s rights, nor to discriminate.

I can live with that.  As long as the Raelian Movement does not infringe on my beliefs and practices, they are welcome to theirs.

And, if we can find common ground on equality issues, all the better.

Who Won the MLB All-Star Game?

my vote's for Bettie Page

The MLB baseball game was played a few nights ago.  I missed it.

I’ve been a huge baseball fan my whole life.  Still, I missed the MidSummer Classic this year.

I played a lot of baseball when I was young.  I was pretty good too.

Got to be part of a tryout for a Cincinnati Reds scout when I was 15.  Well, me and 20 other boys.

Still, it was one of the most exciting days of my youth.  Back before I truly discovered the joys of the bedroom.

I could make excuses about the game … In all honesty, I just forgot.  Perhaps I’m getting old? Yes, I suppose I am.

It may be July 14th on the calendar, but I’m still celebrating the 13th.  “Today” was my birthday.

I’ve got everything I might want.  Have been blessed with experience.

I’ve lived my life without many of the compromises other men make.  Perhaps I’ve made a few of my own that other’s didn’t.

That’s the cost of being individualistic.  It’s a price I’ll gladly pay.

And that’s my gift to you, dear reader.  Some birthday advice.

Endeavor to live your life without regrets.  Don’t be afraid to truly march to the beat of your own drum.  The things (and people) who stand between you and being authentic are likely not the most important things.  If they are, perhaps it’s time to re-examine your path.

And don’t forget to vote for Bettie Page on next year’s all-star ballot.

Happy Independence Day – Please Be Safe and Sane

holiday or not - always keep it consensual

It’s the 4th of July, which equates to Independence Day here in the USA.

The 1st of July was Canada Day. That’s a similar celebration without an armed revolution to motivate the festivities.

Fireworks are stunning displays.  Parades can be great fun.  Backyard barbecues are my favorite way to entertain, not just on holidays.

But, my thinking today is less about the holiday itself, and more about the tradition of telling folks to have a “safe and sane” 4th of July.  Yes, the BDSM community motto has been taken over by the holiday safety police.  Or perhaps, it’s vice versa.

My own memory seems to indicate that wishing folks a safe and sane 4th of July predated our community’s adaptation of the safe and sane motto.  But, I’m also aware of the frailties of human memory.  It’s easy to convince ourselves something happened a certain way, especially when it’s convenient for our own psyche and worldview.

On the topic of safe and sane, I personally believe that Safe, Sane and Consensual (SSC) is just as good a motto as Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK).  I tend to say I go by the latter, but it’s really a case of macht nichts, a German expression my Dad taught me that translates to mean – it doesn’t really matter.  One’s as good as the next.

Sanity and safety are both relative things.  So is responsibility.

Personally, I find fire play, knife play, suspension, and other edge play activities to be quite sane.  I’ve studied and practiced, those are techniques I am quite comfortable using.

But, you wouldn’t find me becoming a snake handler.

Snakes bite.  Some of them include poison as a part of that bargain. To me, handling snakes is neither safe, nor is it really a sane activity.  At least not to my way of thinking.

Obviously, though, your mileage may vary.

Awareness is a relative thing too. What I consider to be informed and aware may, or may not, meet your personal standards.  Your standards may not meet mine.  Who’s to say?

The one word in both definitions that should be without room for interpretation is consent.

Sadly, the human condition is full of frailties and greed.  Even a concept like consent is full of attempted interpretations designed to justify what is really nothing more than thinly disguised rape.  Like I said before, it’s easy for some to convince themselves that events happened a certain way, especially when it’s convenient for their psyche and worldview.

It’s rare to met a submissive woman in our community who’s consent has not be violated.  It’s a tragedy that stories of consent violations are rife within our community.

So please, have a safe and sane 4th of July.

And always remember – Consent Matters!

NOTE – A version of this post was originally from a previous date, July 4, 2014, on a version of MichaelSamadhi.com that no longer exists.  It’s been edited and amended for 2017.  The material may be rewritten, but the message is just as valid today as it was 3 years ago when the original was posted.

 

June is Pride Month

Celebrate with Pride!

June is Pride month!

It’s a time for celebration, education, and fellowship in the LGBT community . . .

It’s time to remember.   A time of remembrance for those lost to hate crimes and to HIV/AIDS.  A time to recognize the accomplishments of LGBT individuals from history, as well as the present.

And, it’s a time for parades!

Believe it or not, the Library of Congress provides one of the best succinct descriptions I’ve found of the history and meaning behind LGBT Pride Month.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.

 

LGBT History Month is also celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBT community during LGBT History Month.

So, today’s post comes on the traditional “Gay Pride Day”, the final Sunday in the month of June.

Pride Month is celebrated here in the Samadhi household as an important part of both our heritage and identity.

The history of the modern Leather and BDSM communities in North America begins with a generation of post-WorldWar, leather clad, hard riding, hard playing, and (presumably) hard fucking gay bikers.  These are the only folks who can accurately be called “Old Guard.”

This time in history was immortalized most famously by the movie The Wild One starring Marlon Brando.  Considered to be the original outlaw biker film, The Wild One offered a glimpse of some aspects of the biker subculture that bred modern Leather.

I also consider myself to be pansexual. In case you are not familiar with the term pansexual, a simple definition reads; not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. To my way of thinking pansexual is a more inclusive term than bisexual, but it has a similar meaning.

Pansexuality is an important part of my sexual identity. Perhaps it’s not as essential to my core identity as being a Master/Owner in the BDSM lifestyle, but it is still a critical portion.

Michael’s Annotated References

Symbols by ALGBTICAL – Listing of the various symbols adopted by the LGBT community to express pride and activism. By the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).

About LGBT Pride Month – A Library of Congress resource. I took an extensive quote from the site, it’s practically the whole page.  So, I should warn you that if you read my post, it’s really only worth visiting the Library of Congress page to follow the links. Perhaps my quote was more than typical “Fair Use” might prudently allow, but being a Library of Congress resource, it’s real owner is We the People.

It’s International No Panties Day

celebrate today with style

Today is International No Panties Day.

Seriously.

I couldn’t make this stuff up!

Consider, if you will, that No Panties Day has a Facebook event page.  

It must be real!

Yes, I know some might consider it to be a crass and sexist “holiday”.

To a great extent, I’d agree with them.

But really, who am I to argue with an internationally celebrated event?

Especially one that brings such great joy to so many!

Anyway, I’m not the kind of person who waits for holidays to celebrate.

I”ve never waited for birthdays or other holidays to give presents. I’ve never needed Thanksgiving as a reminder to give thanks.

Our life on this mortal coil is just a brief ephemeral blink in time.

If we wait to express joy, share fellowship, or give thanks, the day we’ve waited for may never arrive.

So, using that philosophy, throwing caution (among other things) to the wind, I say let’s celebrate everyday!

I hereby decree that every day will be “No Panties Day” here at Samadhi Haus!

Michael’s Annotated References

Women as Commodities? | by Beverly Lopez — “First, it was “No Panty Day”. Then, it’s “No Bra Day”. Now I see circulating photos of “Naked Women Day” . . . Don’t you feel offended that women are easily discarded to fake “holidays” to what?” – I wanted to start my annotated references with this link, as my way of acknowledging that some folks are offended by fake holidays of this sort.

I’m not.  Neither is my nesting partner (and whether or not she’s my lifestyle submissive, her opinion does matter.)  I can be irreverent, my sense of humor is twisted. I openly admit who I am, and make no apologies. I just hope no one has told Beverly about “Steak and Blowjob Day” . . .

June 22nd Is ‘No Panty Day’ – If KLAQ 95.5 FM “El Paso’s Best Rock” says it’s news, it must be!

June 22 is ‘No Panty Day’? –  ABS-CBNnews.com MANILA, Philippines – “Don’t remove your underwear just yet, ladies.”
No Panties Day – June 22nd – “Official” Facebook page for No Panties Day.

 

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