Kinky tea party

Posted at 23:51 on 18 Jan 2012 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: Gender politics, kink, Kink activism

I found these pictures a while back courtesy of Male Submission Art, and thought they were worth sharing. They're from a Flickr photoset called Kinky Tea Party, a concept gallery by Milo Ampersand that "juxtaposes everyday activities and BDSM scenes in order to comment on society's discomfort/unease with sexuality, particularly kinky sex."

With their elaborate costumes, make-up and drag the tea party guests aren't quite "everyday", but the idea of an intense flogging scene being played out amongst chattering guests, instructed to pay no attention to the players or the photographer, is a startling and powerful one.

The idea of people ignoring something that makes them uncomfortable bears a resemblance to the tendency to not look at someone who doesn't fit in; who is ugly, or homeless, or has a disability. We don't look, we walk past, we continue in our comfortable bubble. We surround ourselves with images of people who conform to an idea of acceptability, and everyone else is invisible. The fact that both the domme and the sub in this scene are transgender or genderqueer adds to the impact: in a real life kinky social situation, how comfortable would you be watching this couple play together?

The resulting imagery is surreal, thought-provoking and often beautiful. The whole gallery is well worth a look.

Comments

Pandora,
you will not believe, how easily that kind of event is possible.
A few years ago, we celebrated the birthday of a common friend, all of us members on a spanking forum, some passive others active.
The evening before the birthday we had been out for dinner. Coming back we wound up in a pub for a nightcap, and at midnight the birthday spanking happened without caring about other guests of the staff of the pub. She was bent over a bar stool and got her spanking.
Today, I cannot explain how I got the nerve to do this in public. By the way, nobody seemed to be offended.
The next day, we played in her flat and exactly that happened what you described: A young man got caned by his girl friend, one of us made a video, and three or four women discussed shoe sizes and other very important female things. That was so surreal, that we realized the hilarious dialogue only later on, when we viewed the video.
The icing on this cake was the incident with my very expensive Australian leather hat, which I left on a train shuttling between two cities (around 150 km)for several hours until the whole group entered the same train hours later, and there was my hat!
What a weekend! :-))).
Don

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