Ever since the singer Madonna released her pornographic book “Sex” back in 1992, I have witnessed the very methodical and deliberate normalization of BDSM within the main-stream media. Back around the same time Madonna went public with her fetishes, I began performing in San Francisco-based bondage films. At the time, even the gay market was not completely accepting, and much of this material had to be purchased through mail order. Now, sadomasochism is a mainstay, not only in gay pornography, but in straight porn as well. Hence, the recent trend in the popular media to take its cue from the porn world: the biggest selling book of the previous year was the disgusting and poorly-written “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Kiddie-pop has even gotten in on the act with the songs “S&M” by Rihanna and the music video of Hilary Duff's “Reach Out,” both of which explicitly delve into sadomasochist themes. Most recently, Anne Hathaway showed up at her movie premier in a dominatrix inspired get-up, then proceeded to flash the world.
Whats my point? I believe that over the past 20 years, the US populace has come to accept bondage as a viable life-style and sexual alternative. As I have already detailed in this blog, the next sick deviance on the horizon, is child porn or the age of consent. Heterosexual porn has been working on this for years, with the introduction of very young “ barley legal” actresses, who are then dressed-up to look even younger. The rise of HIV cases among our youth, is further evidence, that the brain-washing and mind-blasting effects of pre-teen sex pop-culture is proving extremely effective. Case in point: the above Marc Jacobs perfume advertisement (above), which shamelessly mimics the worst of the illegal child porn photographs.