BDSM Studies

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This section is to keep you updated on the breadth of my knowledge outside of sessions.  I think it’s good for a sub to have an idea of where their Domme is coming from.  And while I have my master’s degree, I’m firm believer in life-long learning.  I’m an avid reader and also attend BDSM classes and workshops to increase the number of creative ideas and techniques in my toolbox.  Here is just some of what I’ve been up to.

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February 2011 Thanks to my curious nature, but mostly to generous holiday and birthday gift-givers, I have a stack of books almost as tall as my favorite knee high stiletto boots.  Everything from HTML programming (for my new website) and expert cross dressing to advanced male genitorture and slave training protocol. Now I just need to make enough time to read them all!!

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December 2010 I was fortunate enough to snag a spot in Midori‘s sold-out workshop on Military and Interrogation Scenes at Galleria Domain while she was in Chicago.  I also attended her hands on rope class on body harnesses when she visited Early to Bed but that’s one thing I still need some practice on!

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October 2010  I attended Kinky Kollege in Chicago. It was a fantastic weekend long conference with dozens of workshops, speakers and SM-related events!  Some of my favorite workshops were Predicament Bondage, Interrogation Scenes with Hardy Haberman, and Enemas presented by Loki.

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August 2010  Re/search People Series: Vol One, Bob Flanagan Super Masochist –  This isn’t the 1997 award winning documentary, Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist.  It’s actually a 126pg book that consists of seven lengthy interviews done with Flanagan conducted by Andrea Juno & V, Vale in 1993. In addition to those interviews are numerous photos of Bob, his life with his partner Sheree, plenty of BDSM activities, photographs of his performance art and more.   If you can get your hands on a copy of this book I HIGHLY recommend doing so.  It’s not available on amazon.com but if you scroll for a while on the link above you’ll find it.  Bob’s outlook as a terminally ill individual living his SM lifestyle to its fullest is articulated in such a way that not only reminded me to appreciate life but also how therapeutic SM can be.  Rest in peace Bob.

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July 2010  SM101 by Jay Wiseman – it’s a pleasure to read this book again.

Whip Smart by Melissa Febos – I’ll spare you my lengthy critique.  In a nutshell, her writing is beautiful but she treats SM and professional domination like a joke and alternately ridicules and pities her clients.  So I’m not linking this to Amazon.com.  I’d hate to increase her sales.  If you’re curious, listen (for free) to a radio interview that Terry Gross did with her on Fresh Air.

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April 2010 Consensual Sadomasochism by William A. Henkin Ph.D. and Sybil Holiday, CCHT
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March 2010
I attended a 3-day intensive at The SM Arts Academy run by Cleo Dubois in San Francisco: The Professional Course of Erotic Dominance Intensive for Women.
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December 2009
I’m currently reading Family Jewels: a guide to male genital play and torment by Hardy Haberman (with an introduction by one of my favorite kinksters, fetish diva Midori) and loving every page.  My lucky personal sub will get some new treatments as a result before I bring any of my new ideas to session.  Isn’t he a lucky boy?

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