"I ache for the touch of your lips, dear
But much more for the touch of your whips, dear
You can raise welts like nobody else
As we dance to the Masochism Tango"
- Tom Lehrer
Anybody up for a little public sex play?
The New York lesbian leather community hopes there's some flogging in your future. Surprisingly small and looking to expand beyond its friendly bounds, this cadre of women is making a concerted effort to get YOU, the uninitiated, to at least peek into the erotic world of S&M.
On a recent night at Spanktuary, I was chatting up the party's promoter, Karen - a handsome, smiling woman in black, sporting a leather cap on top of her bald pate. She excused herself for a moment from the conversation, stepped across the room, stripped off her shirt, donned a mask, and proceeded to get flogged by a theatrically muscled woman. Yep, that's a conversation stopper if ever there was one.
The bar was filled half with leather women and half with neophytes, like myself. With every stroke of the whip on her bare back, the other leather women ached to take her place, and the neophytes gasped in sympathetic pain and shock. Spread eagle against the wall, leaning over a flickering candle, Karen obediently and eagerly withstood the flogging as her top grunted and administered the leather to her back for a half an hour with ballet-like grace. And then Karen turned around.
Everyone took in a collective breath in anticipation of the next stroke. To the left breast. To the right breast. To the nipples. To the chest. Again and again. It drove me to drink.
Another 30 minutes gone by, and it was over. Karen emerged from the experience to take up the conversation we were having right where it left off. I had left her with the question "When is the demonstration going to start?" She was smiling.
For formal instruction in the ways of leather, there's Strap-On Sundays, a friendly social and dungeon demo for all women who have an interest in safe, sane and consensual S&M and erotic play. Learn hands-on how to tie up your loved one without cutting off her circulation or spank your sweetie without hurting anything essential.
Once you're schooled in the proper techniques, try them out at Glove, a leather and fetish party for women only. This used to be the only game in town, held at the old Vault. Now located in a spacious club, Glove is the hottest (and I mean HOTTEST) place to come together for a little public role-playing fun. Everything is by consent, so if you're only there for an eyeful, that's what you'll get. If you want more, all you have to do is ask nicely...
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