My interview with Evie Lupine.
- Fernwood Books just published the anthology Dis/Consent: Perspectives on Sexual Consent and Sexual Violence, which includes an essay co-written by Andrea Zanin called “The Bogus BDSM Defence: The Manipulation of Kink as Consent to Assault”. Hopefully this will contribute to the discussion and keep kink from being used to excuse assault, as in the Jian Ghomeshi case from a few years ago.
- Case in point: the trial of Keith Raniere, founder of the “sex cult” NXIVM. A high-ranked member of NXIVM ordered $900 worth of sex toys from Extreme Restraints. “Raniere’s attorney, Marc Agnifolo — who has consistently argued that all sexual activities between his client and female NXIVM followers was consensual — took issue with the prosecution’s classification of the BDSM sex toys as inherently degrading….” Rolling Stone
- Zetsu Nawa on Kinbaku Today writes about the rapid growth of Japanese-style rope bondage in North America and Europe over the past decade.
- Race Bannon explains why gay men aren’t turning out for heterosexual/pansexual kink events. “What turns us on is not democratic and never will be, and gay men typically want to have sex with other gay men in a gay environment.”
- A new documentary covers the life of a pioneer of feminist porn, the late Candice Vadala, better known as “Candida Royalle.”
- Psychology Today asks if BDSM is a leisure activity or a sexual orientation.
- Speaking of, should a K for kink be added to the increasingly-unwieldy LGBTQIAP acronym? MTV thinks so. See the discussion on Quora.
- The Cannes film festival includes Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, a BDSM-themed drama from Finland, directed by J-P Valkeapää. It’s about a grieving widower who stumbles into an encounter with a pro domme.
- King Edward VII’s custom made sex chair. From the Smithsonian via Jezebel.
- NPR’s All Things Considered has a piece on what the vanilla world can learn from BDSM about consent. Podcast & Transcript
Crimes of Passion is a 1984 erotic thriller, directed by Ken Russell and starring Kathleen Turner. Russell is known for his sexy and hallucinatory filmmaking (see Tommy, Lair of the White Worm, Salome’s Last Dance, et al.) so this should be interesting.
Kathleen Turner plays a woman with two sides: one is Joanna Crane, uptight clothing designer, and the other is China Blue, cheerful hooker. Joanna is being stalked by a private detective, Bobby (John Laughlin), hired by her boss. China is being stalked by an unhinged street preacher, the Reverend Shayne (Anthony Perkins), who may want to save her or kill her. The worlds of Joanna and China start to bleed into each other.
Eating Raoul is a 1982 black comedy directed by and starring and co-written by Paul Barte
Set in a squalid, pre-HIV Los Angeles, Paul and Mary Bland (Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov) are a married couple who want only to leave the city and open a country restaurant, so they can get away from the swingers that have taken over their apartment building, driving the rent up. When one of the swingers gets into their apartment by accident and attempts to rape Mary, Paul kills him with a cast iron frying pan. This gives them an idea: place sex worker ads in newspapers, lure swingers (Mary: “Horrible sex crazed maniacs that no one in the world would miss.”) to their apartment, kill them and rob them.
My interview with Tristan Taormino on her Sex Out Loud podcast went well. It’s on all the podcast services now, such as Google Play, iTunes and Spotify.
Body Double is a 1984 psychological thriller directed by Brian DePalma.
Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) is a struggling actor who loses a job in a vampire movie because of his claustrophobia. He’s then kicked out by his girlfriend who’s with another man. Down on his luck, Jake agrees to house sit for a friend. The luxury house comes with a view of a beautiful woman in another apartment, who dances nude every night.
When Jake witnesses the woman’s murder, but he suspects he has been set up as a witness. He infiltrates the LA porn scene to find the body double of the murdered woman
The Piano Teacher (2001) is a drama about the relationship between a sexually repressed middle-age woman and an aggressive younger man. This is what happens when an incautious masochist encounters a real sadist.
Lasting Marks is a short documentary on the infamous Operation Spanner case, in which gay men in 1980s Britain were arrested and tried for consensual sadomasochism. I should point out that the documentary is mostly scans of newspaper articles and legal documents, with a voiceover interview with one of the accused.