Welcome to Elust 139.
The only place where the smartest and hottest sex bloggers are featured under one roof every month. Whether you’re looking for sex journalism, erotic writing, relationship advice or kinky discussions it’ll be here at Elust. Want to be included in Elust #140? Start with the rules, come back August 1st to submit something and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates!
Books and Movies
Thoughts & Advice on Kink and Fetish
Before there was Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa, there was Audrey Campbell as Olga.
The Olga films were a series of exploitation “roughies” or “kinkies” released in the 1960s, all directed by Joseph P. Mawra, and starring Audrey Campbell as the sadistic mob boss, Olga. These films were released under several different titles and release dates.
- The Leather Archive & Museum in Chicago celebrates its 30th anniversary.
- In the 1960s, sculptor Nancy Grossman started a series of head sculptures covered in black leather, zippers and buckles, and later made larger works. This forerunner of the BDSM/fetish aesthetic talks about her career with Interview Magazine.
- An English translation of an article on the birth in the early 1950s of the Japanese SM magazine Kitan Club, said to be the first “abnormal” (hentai) magazine.
- The Rialto Report has the second half of their interview with Porsche Lynn, a big star in the VHS era of American porn, who talks about her transition from exotic dancing and vanilla porn to bondage movies and pro-domme work, and working with Leonard Burtman and Jutka Goz, major producers of BDSM magazines and videos.
- A report from the US General Accounting Office says that the SESTA/FOSTA law, passed three years ago, has resulted in just one federal prosecution, and definitely had a chilling effect on free speech. The New Republic.
- Now that Tumblr has been scrubbed of adult content and Youtube keeps changing its policies, video platform TikTok may be new new platform for BDSM education online.
- Ezada Sinn, a pro-domme, talks about her experiences at the famous femdom/malesub Other World Kingdom in the Czech Republic, and how it has fared after the financial crisis and the pandemic.
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (IMDB) is a 2019 Finnish drama, directed by J.-P. Valkeapää and co-written by the director and Juhana Lumme, based on a story by Lumme.
A depressed widower finds relief in breath control sessions with a pro dominatrix.
- The Leather Archive & Museum in Chicago celebrates it’s 30th anniversary, as told in the Chicago Reader, which talks about staying operational during COVID and being more diverse and inclusive.
- Sleek magazine talks about the costumes Karl Lagerfeld designed for the 1976 film Maitresse (previously discussed), and says that the men in the BDSM scenes were real-life members of Paris’ Scene.
- The new British TV biography, Ann Boleyn, not only progressively casts black actors in a historical story, but includes hints of bisexuality and BDSM sexuality in the title character’s relationship with King Henry VIII, says Radio Times.
- It’s June, and that means Pride Month, which means another round of the perennial debate over the presence of kink in Pride events, as XTRA magazine shows. VICE magazine says that the debate needs to be retired in favor of community solidarity against rising transphobia. The Atlantic says “the discourse is a strange sign of progress“.
- The SF Gate examines the history of the landmark Armory building in San Francisco, once the home of Kink.com’s adult video production facilities and the company’s trademark. “The idea that a deviant sexuality would exist in plain sight was anathema to the growing movement for queer respectability.”
- Though it doesn’t touch on black as the fetish colour par excellance, Nautilus’ “The Reinvention of Black” does cover the technological history of producing black dyes and paints, striving for the elusive true absence of reflected light, and how that affected the arts.
Welcome to Elust 138.
The only place where the smartest and hottest sex bloggers are featured under one roof every month. Whether you’re looking for sex journalism, erotic writing, relationship advice or kinky discussions it’ll be here at Elust. Want to be included in Elust #139? Start with the rules, come back July 1st to submit something and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates!
Body Talk and Sexual Health
Thoughts & Advice on Sex & Relationships
Books and Movies
Maîtresse (IMDB) is a 1976 French romance film, directed by Barbet Schroeder and written by Barbet Schroeder and Paul Voujargol. (All dialog quotations are from the subtitles.)
Maîtresse concerns Olivier (Gerard Depardieu), a young petty criminal, who tries to burgle an apartment and instead enters the dungeon of a professional dominatrix, Ariane (Bulle Ogier). They start an unlikely and troubled romance.
“You should not work to make the audience comfortable with what they are witnessing at all.”Notes on style, Pg.4
Slave Play by Jeremy O Harris is a 2018 three act stage play. Three modern interracial couples (two straight, one gay) attend a retreat to work out the issues in their relationships via slavery-based roleplay. This reveals and strains various faultlines in their relationships and their psyches.
Growing Up Femdom: Mass Media Reflections I
By TammyJo Eckhart, PhD
When I was a little girl, I was already dominant leaning. TV shows, books, movies, and even the stories I made up, that were girl-led, woman-led, or populated by Amazon-like societies, were filtered by my mind, so I only remember what strongly appealed to me. Today I’m a published kink author who has a PhD minor in the History of Gender and Sexuality. I know that I will still filter what I see and hear through a personal lens, but I have the tools to try to be objective. I’m glad that I’m finally able to write about some of the mainstream images of kink I remember liking when I first encountered them. I’m going to talk about some of the TV shows, TV clips, and TV movies from the tape you see a photo of, though this is an artificial limit for this post and not even close to everything I could write about. It has been over two decades since I last recorded on this tape. Do I think these are still examples of woman-led relationships, or do they play into stereotypes that harm women, relationships, and kink in general?
- Pat Bond, co-founder of the Til Eulenspiegel Society in 1971 and arguably one of the founders of the modern BDSM culture, died on February 31, at age 94.
- The History section of the New Books Network podcast has an interview with Stephen K. Stein, author of Sadomasochism and the BDSM Community in the United States: Kinky People Unite (2021, Routledge). (Previously reviewed)
- Evie Lupine has a video on Jeffree Star’s use (appropriation?) of BDSM imagery to sell mascara.
- On Shibari Study, you can watch Midori’s talk on the history of Japanese bondage for free until June 1, 2021.
- CVLT Nation profiles 1960s BDSM paperback publisher Satan Press and its striking covers.
- The Woodhull Freedom Foundation continues to lead the struggle against SESTA-FOSTA.