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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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  • Like Mistress Tara, the Dominas also dress in casual, everyday clothes; they change into their work attire when a client—er, slave arrives.

    My whip trainer, Miss Cybill B. Troy (whose initials, CBT, indicate her specialty—and, no, it's not cognitive behavioral therapy) favors latex and military uniforms.

    Ms. Elena De Luca, an independent Domina visiting from New York, with waist-length auburn hair that gives her an otherworldly, fin-de-siècle look, prefers to play in old-fashioned foundation garments: slips, corsets, bullet bras, body shapers. "We wear what we love," she says. It's worth noting that getting naked is not usually a part of a BDSM scene, though Ms. Elena might take off stockings and garters to let a slave enjoy some foot and leg worship.

    I come to find out that, for as much as BDSM is unconventional, there are rules and conventions that govern its practice. At DOI, for example, house rules include no drop-ins (appointments only), no sex (this one's for legal reasons), and no alcohol or drugs. If a slave arrives drunk, s/he is turned away—though I'm told that one of the Mistresses, new to California driving laws, once tied an unruly drunk to an examining table and made him read her the DMV manual for hours until he sobered up.

    It's also standard practice to have a safe word for scenes, a word the slave uses to mean "STOP!" At DOI, it's "Mercy," or three grunts if you're gagged.

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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