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Thursday, November 8, 2007

“The elves are dressed in leather and the angels are in chains” S&M is popping up all over

I guess I’m noticing S&M, BDSM D/s, whatever you want to call it, references everywhere now-a-days because our WIP is an Erotic Historical Romance in the vein of early Susan Johnson books and it has some Dominate elements in it. But honestly references are everywhere!

It’s on mainstream radio. Every hard rock station play’s Nickelback’s Figured You Out (I like your pants around your feet/and I like the dirt that's on your knees/and I like the way you still say please/While you're looking up at me/You're like my favorite damn disease.) And now that it’s almost Christmas the local College station will start playing Judith Owen’s version of Spinal Tap’s Christmas with the Devil (The elves are dressed in leather and the angels are in chains).

TV too and not just skin-a-max and Late night on Oxygen. Two songs in the hour of VH1’s top 100 songs of the 80s I watched referenced S&M; the piece on Whip it by Devo of course but only to say it’s not about S&M and in the piece on the only Depeche Mode song I don’t like, everyone interviewed talked about how much cooler the band got when they went all S&M. Even a public service announcement on the V-chip features a Dominatrix. And don’t get me started on how uncomfortable it can be with the Dog Whisperer on TV if you’re just listening and not watching and then start taking all the constant talk of Dominance out of context. Whew.

Believe it or not I’ve noticed it at work. Once during a team “huddle” the assistant manager joked about someone needing a ball gag. Humm what does he do after hours in his Coach brand loafers?

OMG the other night at my daughter’s high school, I’m not joking.
One of the three one act plays by Tennessee Williams, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, had a strong S&M theme. The plantation owner carries a kind of whip and tells the tenant framer’s wife he bets she liked it when her husband bruised her arm and he bet she’d like it if he used his whip to swat the flies away hard. Then at the end after the wife has obviously slept with the plantation owner her reaction is not completely as if it was against her will. To which my own child said “I don’t like the way she played that, either she liked it or she didn’t she needed to decide” I need therapy after that conversation!

Where was I? Oh yea back to the thought that S&M is popping up all over.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

... and just the other day I listened to a song on the radio - not that I really listen to the radio a lot when it's on, it just caught my attention when the guy sang about how the room was small and the bed was wide and the night was young and she swallowed it whole (that's when I perked up my ears) and he fell on [his] knees and then he watched [himself] in the mirror and what she did. She had black hair and black eyes and then he watched [himself] scream... and he watched [himself] fall... I still kinda pretend not to know what this song was about. I try to at least...