Wichita Instructional Leather Doms (WILD) is a subsidiary of the Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes, Inc. (WOOLF).
Guidelines: Leather Protocols
Disclaimer: This document is intended to be used as a set of guidelines only; it is not considered by the Wichita Tribe to be the final word in leather protocol and etiquette. These guidelines may not work for every individual, family, or tribe for any number of reasons. Also, because protocol and etiquette vary widely from one coast to the other, these guidelines may serve no purpose whatsoever to some clubs, tribes, or families. It is the hope of those who penned this document that the reader will take the following into consideration before reading the balance of the document:
1. Many years of military background have been earned by some of the authors. The impact on the leather community, especially by WWII veterans, was taken into consideration.
2. The document is ever-evolving. Watch for updates.
3. No one is capable of following this entire document to the letter, because it is impossible to do so. That is why these are guidelines rather than requirements.
4. Any tribes considering this document should take from it what they want to implement. They should modify it to fit their own accepted protocol, and practice it as they see fit.
The leadership of the Wichita, KS leather community (hereafter known as the Wichita Tribe) has met monthly since October 2009 to determine the basic guidelines for operating protocols. Topics covered in those meetings: Covers, collars, household movement, mentoring, and boy/girl/slave protocol.
WILD exists to preserve tradition, provide instruction, and offer mentoring. Founding members of WILD, a pansexual group, are senior members of the Wichita Tribe who have a desire to return to a more traditional form of the leather culture. Once a month, they meet to share their knowledge, offer the results of research, and make decisions about the protocols included herein.
Members of WILD who have agreed to endorse this document are: Master Larry, Master Richard, Master C, Daddy Matt, Sir Bill, Sir Darren, Sir Psilence, Sir Butch, and Sir George.
Much of the information in this document may appear to be common knowledge. However, some of the information regarding covers and covering protocols may not be. It is the hope of the Wichita Tribe that any information within this document which may serve the greater leather community be considered as available for such an honorable purpose.
A boy or girl has a voice; they have the right to a safe word and to use that safe word. They have the right to say “no” to their Dom in private only. In a public setting, “no” should only be said where the boy’s or girl’s Dom can hear it – no one else. A slave should be contracted with the terms of the contract being negotiated fully before the Dom and slave sign the contract. A boy or girl does not require a contract, but the Dom or boy/girl may request one in the negotiation. This will vary from one relationship to the next. A slave has no voice in the running of the household or any matters, once the negotiations have been agreed upon and the contract has been signed.
Cover for a Submissive
A leather ball cap is appropriate for a boy or girl. A Senior boy may wear a motorcycle-style cover with no adornment (no eagle, no strap, etc) with a shorter bill and peak. It should be made of softer (garment) grade leather so that the sides lay over slightly vs. the stiffer leather used to make a Dom’s cover. This cap is harder to find and may require that an attached chain be removed. The family Dom should take care of this within the household vs. within the tribe. This cover is optional; it is purely a household preference. Those who enter the community already owning a leather ball cap, or other leather, should wear it as it is a matter of personal pride.
A collar indicates ownership. When and where a collar is worn is strictly up to the owner of the collar. However, the collar is recommended at formal, community, and family events. It is also recommended that ownership of the collar be retained by the Dominant if the collar is removed permanently. Except for issues of safety for the submissive, the key should be in the possession of the Dominant.
Within the household, the Senior Dom controls the movement of a family member through the ranks, i.e., new, Alpha/Senior, Junior Top, and Senior Top. A Jr Top does not flag and has no title or cover as a part of their transition from being a submissive to a Dominant. This gives the tribe time to make the mental and visual shift regarding the new Top. It is the responsibility of the family Dom to announce clearly to the community that this movement has taken place. Ideally, the family Dom should consider notifying the Tribal Elders of his or her intention to make such a change in their family. This is done out of respect for the Elders, and it allows the Elders an opportunity to show their support of the decision. It should be announced that the individual is to be addressed as a Dom. Mister, Ma’am, Lady, and Daddy are personal preferences of “personae” within the level of Sir, which only includes Senior Top. After an individual has reached the point of being moved from a Junior to Senior Top (which is the 1st stage of Sir), the tribal elders assume responsibility for any and all future elevations. The elevation referenced is to the level of Master. It is recommended that the local tribe take responsibility for the elevation of a Senior Top to Master.
A Sir's cover shall be predominately black leather with a high peak, black strap, and no other adornments. The brim is frequently (and should be) patent leather. If the brim is edged in silver vs. black, it is strictly a personal preference.
A Master’s cover shall have a high peak with a black strap and a large Army officer’s hat insignia. Masters who served in a branch other than the Army may choose to wear a different insignia. A chain on the cover is for future elevation of the Master. If a Master relocates from one tribe to another, it is not expected that they make changes to their cover.
Wearing of a Cover
It is recommended that a Dom, having attained the level of Senior Top, wear a cover to club gatherings, functions, or formal group settings. The wearing of the cover is one way for a Senior Top to present himself or herself as a Senior Dom in the tribe. It also is a show of respect to the Dom’s mentor(s). Ultimately, it is up to the Dom if and when they wear a cover.
Additions to the Cover
Possible additions to covers include: Chain, strap, eagle insignia, and brim edging (over the top or top edge of the bill). It is recommended that those Senior Tops who have not attained Master status but have earned their cover should not use any insignia.
Women have played a vital role in the leather community since the mid 1980s. Many women cared for and learned from the gay leather men who were stricken by AIDS. Since that time, women have been an increasingly active part of the community and should be considered as equals. While they were not as readily recognized in the post WWII days, the modern tribe could not and would not exist without them.
The Tribe acknowledges that there are variations to the spelling of Sir, Daddy, boy, and girl. It is recommended that the more traditional spelling of these titles be used. It is recognized that some may already carry modern variations, and tribes are encouraged to honor and respect those variations. Those who have such variations should wear them with pride.
Agreed upon and signed this 6th Day of June, 2010:
Master Larry Peters Master Richard Pape Master Nolin Christensen
Daddy Matt Ritchey Sir William Keith Sir Jessie Watson
Sir George Calleo Sir Darren Willard Sir Butch