England’s dirty secret

Turns out it is dominatrixes:

It’s been described as England’s dirty secret, and was once the gleeful preserve of the most outré outings by tabloid newspapers: the visiting of a dominatrix. But the desire to be whipped into submission has arguably moved from seedy to high street, with an Ann Summers on every corner, “dominatrix chic” fashion editorials and pop hits such as Rihanna’s “S&M” offering a bubblegum take on bondage.

Kate Peters spent a couple of years photographing real dominatrixes, during which she began to realise how very common it is: “I would end up going a mile down the street, to a house with a converted dungeon in it.”

While not tempted herself, Peters has a broadly positive view on the BDSM (bondage, discipline, submission and masochism) scene.

“At one event, I put a drink down on a table and then realised it was a cage with a man inside. But the people all seemed comfortable – so it’s like, ‘Why not?’

“I actually thought it was nicer than going to a normal nightclub.”


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