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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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  • I had followed along, curious and intrigued, as Mistress Tara gave me the grand tour. DOI has three rooms for "scenes," the official name of a session between a Domme and a slave. (Domme is a female Dominant, Dom is male.)

    The first room, by far the biggest and most well-equipped, is simply called the Main Dungeon. There are wooden stocks and heavy iron cages hanging from the ceiling or peeking out behind chairs. Everything is clean and neat, though admittedly neither shiny nor new. Duct tape covers patches on some of the cushions.

    Next is the Victorian Room, also referred to as the Sissy Maid Parlor, with red velvet drapes and overstuffed chairs. (I later learn that a Sissy Maid is a heterosexual man humiliated by being forced to cross-dress and mimic stereotypical female behavior.) Behind the drapes are rows of extra-large dresses, shoes and wigs for men to wear.

    And then there's the third room, the one tucked away by the bathroom: the Medical Room. Inside, it looks like a Damien Hirst installation, with pristine glass cases holding a frightening array of invasive tools and sharp instruments. There's a cage beneath an exam table, and a throne with a narrow seat. According to Mistress Tara, there's a psychological aspect to BDSM: the Medical Room is terrifying because of the mental associations.

    After the tour, I met the women working that night—Dominas, as they're called, not Dominatrices. "'Dominatrix' has come to mean doing this as a job, just for the money and not for oneself," said Mistress Tara. "'Domina' indicates that this is your lifestyle as well as something you enjoy and take pride in."

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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