Media Update – June 4, 2003

1. Me, Myself and 'Oh, My!'
2. Lakewood fetish club officially closed
3. Wine me, dine me, Cat-o'-nine me
4. State mixed with S&M, mob
5. Slap leather, S&M lovers: 'Thunder' to peal soon
6. Possible sex change means new credits on 3rd 'Matrix'

1. Me, Myself and 'Oh, My!'
2. Lakewood fetish club officially closed
3. Wine me, dine me, Cat-o'-nine me
4. State mixed with S&M, mob
5. Slap leather, S&M lovers: 'Thunder' to peal soon
6. Possible sex change means new credits on 3rd 'Matrix'


Me, Myself and 'Oh, My!': Students celebrate the art of self-love

By William Johnson
Citybeat (Cincinnati)
May 28, 2003

…The Masturbation Celebration did, in fact, make room for people who enjoy games other than sexual solitaire.

Cathy Sines of Power Exchange and Erotic Roleplaying (PEER) Group was on hand to dispense information about fetish activities. PEER Group was established in 1995 for adults interested in erotic forms of expression including role reversal, bondage and discipline.

"We have an adult group for those 35 and over and we have the New Generation for those 18 to 35," Sines said. "PEER Group is a place where people can socialize and learn that they are not alone. We also get together for safe play."

The group's idea of safe play includes waxing — dripping hot candle wax on another person for erotic pleasure. Also popular are caning and flogging, according to Sines. [cont.]

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.citybeat.com/2003-05-28/news3.shtml
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Lakewood fetish club officially closed – Owner agrees to injunction

By Ann Schrader
Denver Post
May 29, 2003

Lakewood officially closed The Labyrinth sex and fetish club on West Sixth Avenue on Wednesday after its owner agreed to a permanent injunction.

The club had offered dungeon space for people to whip, pierce, burn and tie each other up since at least February, undercover officers said.

"So ends the case of The Labyrinth on West Sixth Avenue, not with a bang but a whimper," said Jefferson County District Judge Leland Anderson.

Anderson agreed with Lakewood officials, who contended that The Labyrinth did not meet the city's zoning requirements for operating an adult business and that the owner, Trenton Gary, had failed to obtain an adult business license. [cont]

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1421312,00.html
To respond, write to: openforum@denverpost.com


Wine me, dine me, Cat-o'-nine me: S&M in Atlanta goes semi-mainstream

By Scott Henry
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)
May 29, 2003

…And yet, "kinky" is a less-than-clinical term that can be confoundingly inclusive. It embraces people whose sexual relationships involve a "power exchange" in which one partner yields dominance to the other. It spans both folks who like pain and those who get off on inflicting it. Also covered are people who get randy only when engaged in fantasy role-playing. (OK, you'll be the U.N. weapons inspector and I'll be the naughty unmarked metal drum … )

And, by definition, it extends to the seemingly innumerable hordes whose carnal tastes are governed by some fetish, from foot fiends to enema enthusiasts to pathetic middle-aged men whose idea of foreplay is wearing diapers and shaking a rattle.

Nailing down the early childhood influences responsible for leading people to the S&M lifestyle is usually a pointless chicken-or-egg exercise, explains Deloris Roys, director of Atlanta's Highland Institute for Behavioral Change.

The mere fact that a person is aroused by pain or being tied up rarely tells us anything meaningful about that person's upbringing or personality type, she says.

"What we're talking about is an involuntary physiological response to physical stimuli. It just is," contends Roys, a prominent criminal psychologist who heads clinics in Atlanta, Columbus and Macon.

Kink expert Gloria Brame couldn't agree more. "Your public persona and your private sexual needs are not the same thing," she says. "People want it all now — you can lead a moral, mainstream life and practice S&M." [cont.]


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http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/cover.html
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State mixed with S&M, mob

By Greg B. Smith
New York Daily News
May 30, 2003

When the state paid $5.22 million for a West Village property, it got far more than it bargained for – including a kinky S&M club.

…At the time, The Vault – then on 10th Ave. and Little W. 12th St. – was a kinky mecca. Some nights the club held "slave auctions" run by a dominatrix. There were "Tie Me Up" nights and "Over the Knee Spanking Tuesdays."

On July 30, 1996, the state took over the property and building by eminent domain. After three years of negotiations, the state agreed to pay $2.37 million for the land and building and $1.85 million to buy out the lease.

DOT spokesman Peter Graves said they paid for "any fixtures or structures in the building, including bar fixtures, staging, lighting, stuff that couldn't be taken out of there." He did not elaborate on the "stuff." [cont.]

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/88087p-80163c.html
To respond, write to: voicers@edit.nydailynews.com


Slap leather, S&M lovers: 'Thunder' to peal soon

By Ann Schrader
Denver Post
June 1, 2003

For three days in mid-July, up to 1,000 people from across the country will gather at the Holiday Inn-Denver International Airport to learn, practice and enjoy bondage, dominance and sadomasochistic sex.

The national leather event July 11-13, called Thunder in the Mountains, will offer speakers on alternative sex techniques, demonstrations, dungeon play parties, Ouchy the Clown, and a Saturday morning guided meditation service.

"This is an outlet for people who practice this lifestyle," said Rich Dockter, director of Thunder in the Mountains. "We want to do what we do without affecting anyone who is not a member. We are not seeking publicity."

The entire 256-room hotel and 70,000 square feet of meeting space have been reserved for those planning to attend Thunder in the Mountains.

…Access is limited to people who agree in writing to attend as members and promise to follow an extensive list of etiquette rules, he said.

ReMine said the event offers education, with dungeon parties giving opportunities for conference participants "to exhibit their proficiency or to try out new techniques learned in seminars."

Susan Wright, spokeswoman of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, said people need to learn how to perform sadomasochistic techniques "safely and sanely."

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%7E53%7E1426206,00.html
To respond, write to: openforum@denverpost.com


Possible sex change means new credits on 3rd 'Matrix'

By Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun Times
June 3, 2003

Following all the stories about "Matrix" co-creator Larry Wachowski allegedly taking hormones to prep for an upcoming sex change operation come reports from sources that say distributor Warner Bros. may be doing an alteration that will take a lot less work. For the upcoming third "Matrix" film (due in November), it seems the writing and directing credits for Chicago native Larry and his brother and partner, Andy Wachowski, will merely be listed as "Th Wachowskis."

"That certainly would solve any gender issues that might be pending," a "Matrix" insider said Monday.

An in-depth story in the current National Enquirer goes into all the gory details of Wachowski's split from his wife, Thea, the onset of an S&M relationship with a dominatrix (who reportedly calls him "Lana"), his penchant for wearing women's clothes and lingerie and his recent appearance at the Cannes Film Festival–wearing earrings, full makeup, etc. [cont.]

To read the rest of this column, go to:
http://www.suntimes.com/output/zwecker/cst-ftr-zp03.html
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