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No Pain, No Gain?

Glo's writer explores the world of BDSM. Find out what she discovers about slaves, sexuality and herself.

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  • A month earlier, I'd been (mostly) joking when I suggested to my editor that she send me to Dominatrix school. The ubiquitous popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, coupled with memories of The Story of O and 9½ Weeks, was driving me batty. Why was society assuming that every woman—myself included—secretly yearned to be submissive? I dislike anyone telling me what I prefer or who I am. Dominant or submissive—I have to explore for myself.

    Once I got over the shock of my editor taking me up on my offer, I assumed I'd sign up for a workshop or two at the local adult toy store. Classes like "Talking Dirty to Enhance Intimacy" or "Spank Someone Happy" are offered almost everywhere.

    But as I began to dig a little deeper into the world of BDSM, I found something more authentic than fur-lined handcuffs and leopard-print blindfolds: Mistress Tara Indiana and her Dungeon, The Den of Iniquity (DOI). Unlike the images on other BDSM sites, clichéd pictures of black-leather-clad, grim-faced Dominatrices, the photographs of Mistress Tara look like '40s Vargas paintings. However, the services offered are clearly hard-core BDSM.

    In the future, DOI will offer classes and parties, as well as one-on-one Mistress training, but for now it doesn't generally cater to the BDSM-curious.

    DOI is located in a deserted corner of downtown Los Angeles. Originally a fish-processing factory, the building later became a home for Dungeons and adult video- and filmmakers. Its current incarnation is as an artsy building of live/work lofts, with only a few Dungeons remaining.

    When I arrived earlier this evening, Mistress Tara answered the door with a friendly smile and a firm handshake that immediately put me at ease. Mistress Tara is attractive but a far cry from her glamorous photos—she's dressed comfortably and wears no makeup. Gray roots are visible against her red hair. (Full disclosure: Gray roots are visible against my brown hair.)

No Pain, No Gain?
Glo's writer explores the world of BDSM. Find out what she discovers about slaves, sexuality and herself.
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