Approximately 10,000 pieces of leather, fetish and S&M history will be visiting Chicago next week courtesy of the Carter-Johnson Leather Library. Organized by Risk-Aware Consensual Kink, LRA and Trident International Windy City ( TIWC ) , the library will let people view books, magazines, photos, art, posters and more dating from the 1700s until the present.
"It's a phenomenal resource," said Larry Glantz, vice-president of LRA and TIWC member. "It gives people a chance to see what was around before the Internet."
RACK, the University of Chicago's BDSM club, came up with the idea to host the library. Glantz said there is a "pretty significant student interest" in the BDSM community, adding that LRA recently changed its age requirement from 21 to 19 to accommodate younger members.
The younger generation is "wanting to connect to the history" of the BDSM community according to Glantz, and he said the library visit is a perfect chance for them to do so.
All of the leather clubs in Chicago have been invited to the event's opening gala, and Glantz would "like to see some younger people get a chance to connect to people who've been involved in the leather community for a long time." ...
... It was the purpose of the recent BDSM open forum here at SUNY Potsdam to bring the knowledge of these fantasies to light and hopefully shed some of the long-standing stigma of the BDSM lifestyle amongst the curious students in attendance. The forum was held on campus on the evening of March 30 in the Kellas 106. It was hosted by Lisa Bates, a student here at Potsdam. Two professional "dommes" by the names of Master R and Mistress Collette fielded all questions.
Rather than present a traditional prepared lecture, the two guest speakers decided to take an approach of an open question and answer forum. This allowed the many students in attendance (Kellas 106 was filled to capacity) to tailor the forum to their personal intellectual curiosities regarding the BDSM lifestyle. The two speakers made it very clear to the audience that the event was an open and free forum and that no questions regarding the BDSM lifestyle were off-limits. This forthrightness led to a wide array of questions regarding specific sexual fetishes, famous clientele served at the chateau, and even the personal sexual lives of the speakers themselves. All questions were answered with highly apparent and utmost honesty by Master R and Mistress Collette. Despite the opportunity to keep the lecture completely outlandish, most students asked questions implying a genuine curiosity regarding the BDSM lifestyle, and why people participate. ...
Behind a nondescript storefront in the city's Warehouse District is what officials are calling a "swingers" sex club, a private place for couples and others to meet and swap partners.
Club 307, located across the street from O'Brien Field - less than two blocks from Peoria Police Department - has operated under the radar and apparently is doing so legally.
Patrons are reportedly charged a fee for membership, which essentially provides a place for people to meet and have sex, city officials say. Alcohol also is provided.
An ordinance going before the City Council on Tuesday would outlaw such a business.
"A lot of the activities that have reportedly taken place there are the activities outlined in the ordinance," Mayor Jim Ardis said Thursday.
Currently, there are no laws on the books prohibiting a business allowing people to engage in or view live sex acts.
"Charging a fee for membership and providing alcohol - that is not legal - and in terms of the actual swapping, and the sex parties and that sort of stuff, we didn't have a specific ordinance on the books," Ardis continued, adding, "We're definitely addressing it."
Danny Laud, owner of Club 307, could not be reached for comment. ...
The wife of a man from southwest Missouri who is accused of keeping a young woman as his sex slave is now charged with participating in a sex trafficking conspiracy. A federal indictment handed up on Wednesday charges Marilyn Bagley, 45, with conspiracy, sex trafficking, forced labor trafficking and document servitude.
The indictment also includes new charges against another defendant, Bradley Cook. Those charges include attempted tampering with a victim and using an interstate facility in commission of murder for hire.
Marilyn Bagley told a reporter last year that she often slept in the same bed with her husband and his sex slave in their rural trailer near Lebanon. She said prosecutors threatened to charge her in the case if she didn't testify against her husband. ...
Rihanna is the latest in a line of pop stars using S/M as an edgy symbol of empowerment. Too bad it doesn't shock
Have you heard? Rihanna likes rough sex. Just in case you didn't get the message from her recent single "S&M" -- which contains the subtle lyrics, "chains and whips excite me" -- she clarifies her position, so to speak, in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone: "Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun." She adds, "I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun."
Oops, sorry, still there? I dozed off for a second. Signaling an interest in mildly kinky sex has become pretty banal. Madonna and Janet Jackson have been there, done that -- and now we have a whole new generation of starlets who are acting like they invented the riding crop. Like the women before them, the latest set of kink-loving pop stars are using it as shorthand for female sexual empowerment -- the kind that, importantly, is still commercial and alluring to straight men. S/M is like the new girl-on-girl makeout. Forget "I Kissed a Girl" -- I fully expect the next breezy summer hit to be something along the lines of "I Was Spanked (And I Liked It)." As with most mainstream depictions of women's erotic power, I find it sad and totally exhilarating, all at the same time.
In case you've missed the recent flood of bondage-themed ephemera, allow me to fill you in. Rihanna is just the latest entrant with her ode to sadomasochism. The song itself is very sexual, of course, but the music video is more TV-friendly. She's shown trapped behind a wall of saran wrap in front of a bunch of tabloid reporters who are wearing ball gags. A nasty journo scrawls "slut" in capital letters in his notebook; a headline about her "daddy issues" scrawls across the screen. She takes bitchy gossip blogger Perez Hilton for a walk -- or crawl, really -- on a leash. It's S/M as a metaphor, a way for Rihanna to punish and humiliate the haters. She's saved the more literal S/M for her lyrics, wardrobe and interviews. ...