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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A kinky little documentary.


Ok all you kinksters, raise your hands. I know you are out there! Put down the flogger for a minute, release the nipple clamps, and untie the ropes. No, wait, just kidding, this will probably bore you.

I recently saw a film I thought I would share with you called Fetishes.

A documentary, Fetishes explores the lifestyle inside Pandora's Box, a New York City S&M club. The interviewer and cameraman follow around the Mistresses of the house exploring some unusual and interesting cravings that satisfy sexual and power cravings for both the Mistresses and their clients.
Released in 1996 the documentary is showing some age at this point and is a bit "light" given all the information currently available on the internet.

Fetishes begins with a small bit of background before moving into the club and meeting some of the Mistresses. The ladies at first seem a bit reluctant to be open about their business but soon warm up. Likewise the interviewer feels unsure about the direction he is going with the documentary and appears to "wing it" for the most part. That said, the film does do some mild exploration of a variety of fetishes and what motivates both the giver and receiver. Unfortunately the Mistresses come across as alternating between not understanding the fetishes, not caring about their clients, being very caring of their clients, and satisfying their own urges rather than those of their clients. Add in a couple of scenes that didn't adhere to safety guidelines in the least and the documentary feels incomplete to say the least.

There were a few things I found surprising or dishonest in the film. One was how the Mistresses maintained that fetishes aren't always about pain yet most of the fetishes in the film did involve pain of some sort. Another was how they talked about safety but in a couple of scenes the Mistresses continued administering lashes or didn't quickly release someone even after they had used a safe word. They also seemed to have a fondness for making fun of men in a variety of situations yet didn't have the same interest with their female clients. There were also several verbal slips such as one dominatrix mentioning a "syndrome" then correcting herself with the word "fetish", and indication she feels something may be unhealthy or a psychological issue. At other points in the documentary though she is heard to say acceptance of different fetishes is important.

Overall Fetishes barely qualifies as a documentary and even then, barely brushes the surface of the multitude of fetishes that exist and the motivations behind them. For those with no exposure to fetishes this may be a good start. For anyone with fetish experience Fetishes will likely not provide any new information or much entertainment value other than possibly historical or nostalgic.

Have you seen the film? If so, what are your thoughts?

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