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Green as a safeword

The BDSM community uses safewords to indicate how the various participants perceive their personal safety during a session. The three primary safewords mimic the primary colors of traffic lights throughout most of the world. Safewords allow the participants to tell their partners how they are feeling without breaking the rhythm of a fantasy.

  • Red - you are exceeding my personAL limits, or I do not feel safe - so stop everything
  • Yellow - Please slow down - check-in with me
  • Green - Everything is fine ("Faster, Master. Faster")

Green as a color

Green is the color between blue and yellow on the visible spectrum. It is evoked by light which has a dominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm. In subtractive color systems, used in painting and color printing, it is created by a combination of yellow and cyan; in the RGB color model, used on television and computer screens, it is one of the additive primary colors, along with red and blue, which are mixed in different combinations to create all other colors. By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage. Several minerals have a green color, including the emerald, which is colored green by its chromium content.

During post-classical and early modern Europe, green was the color commonly associated with wealth, merchants, bankers, and the gentry, while red was reserved for the nobility. For this reason, the costume of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the benches in the British House of Commons are green while those in the House of Lords are red. It also has a long historical tradition as the color of Ireland and of Gaelic culture. It is the historic color of Islam, representing the lush vegetation of Paradise. It was the color of the banner of Muhammad and is found in the flags of nearly all Islamic countries.

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