- Did any one woman do more to popularize fetish fashion than Diana Rigg, who passed away on September 10, 2020? The Guardian looks at how she became a fetish style icon as Mrs. Emma Peel on the cult UK TV series The Avengers.
- Though just about everyone has heard of the term “masochism”, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch himself is a largely forgotten literary figure of the 19th century. I found a couple of articles, from Forgotten Galicia and The Wave of Things, that reveal a few tidbits, such as he had a desert cake named after him, and there is a Café Masoch theme bar in the Ukrainian city of L’Viv.
- Dangerous Minds has a feature on Possibilities! an art book (with more than 1,300 images) and biography of fetish/BDSM pioneer John Willie, aka John Coutts. It includes a short summary of Coutts’ life. Published by Belier Press.
- The BBC has a quick look at the history of latex in fashion.
- Another Man magazine has another history of leather in fetish fashion.
- The BDSM culture has a knack for adapting to and eroticizing social anxieties. For most of 2020, we’ve been anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, and naturally that fear has been eroticized. Insider talks with pro-domme Victoria Rage about how she has catered to new requests from her clients, such as kinky “CDC inspections” and even mock executions.
- The famous Hedonism II adults-only resort in Jamaica has also adapted to the times with branded masks and hand sanitizers, social distancing markers, regular temperature checks, on-property quarantining rooms, and banning the foam party and “human car wash” events.
- In the UK, a new domestic violence bill has been hailed as “ending the rough sex defense”, which may also mean that even mild, consensual “actual bodily harm” – such as bruising or scratching – could be seen as assault.