"This is a mirror site of the original Rosie Archives which are maintained
on the Submissive Women
Speak Web site. Please visit that site to see additional writings by
and information for submissive women."
Who was Rosie?
"Rosie," an on-line personality also known as an36376,
posted to the USENET news group alt.sex.bondage (ASB) from approximately 1993
to 1995. She was one of the first submissives in a longterm absolute-power
relationship to speak up agressively and persistently about her
life of slavery with her master, Donald, and her love of helplessness and
lack of control. Rosie's messages met with mixed reactions on ASB. Some
loved her witty way with words and her ability to describe things that they
also thought and felt; others disliked her aggressive "take no flak from
no one" style: they did not think it becoming for a submissive to speak in
such a direct and strong way, especially to dominants. Whether they liked
her or disliked her, most people reading ASB at that time will admit that
she changed the tone of the news group: she helped readers to see absolute power
exchange as less of a dirty word and more of a serious alternative to the
kinky-swinging, playparty world.
Why collect her messages here?
Rosie was an exceptional writer. Her ability to communicate serious personal
experiences and emotions about sadomasochism in an entertaining, witty
manner was matchless. Many of the things she was saying four years ago are
quite relevant to submissives and dominants attempting to make power
relationships work today.
What ever became of Rosie?
Rosie no longer posts to alt.sex.bondage, and there are some good reasons
for that. As time went on, reactions to her in the news group became increasingly
hostile. Rosie wrote messages that were challenging, difficult, that asked
hard questions. Many people became defensive. Many more people
felt threatened by her insistent message that extreme power exchange is
not only OK but is an essential and necessary life choice for some
people. Posting to an increasingly hostile
news group is hard, it wears down the best of us, and Rosie eventually
gave it up and went on to greener pastures. While we don't exactly know
what happened to Rosie, we've heard rumors that she became one hell of a
With Rosie's permission, we have collected some of
her best messages and reproduced them here. Each message begins with the
original title of the message thread and the approximate date upon which
it was posted. Very little editing was done, as
we wanted to retain the original flavor of the pieces, typos and all
(although, in a few cases, where
an irrelevant paragraph or two were snipped, this is indicated with
elipses [...]). However,
in the change from ASCII text to HTML code, we did notice that most of her
angled-bracketed "smiles" and "grins" disappeared. As you read these pieces, try
to imagine her laughing and chuckling at herself. We're sure that's how she'd
like you to rememeber her.
Rosie wrote a lot of messages. Sorting through them takes
time. We'll add messages to this archive as quickly as we can.
When new material is added, we'll change the date, below.