Last week my friend Tamara lamented what she termed the vanillification of BDSM. Her theory essentially states bondage and discipline is losing it’s sting (pardon the pun) as it goes mainstream. Her indie music comparison is valid and her argument has merit but being the proponent of sex-positive feminism that I am my position is if women are exposed to alternative sexuality they’ll have more options in the bedroom. So even if young women are introduced to S&M via popular culture and not through alternative culture, it’s still all good. That brings me to a product I want to talk about – the rubber whip from Babeland.
I knew a fledgling fashion designer in college who loved adding dominatrix elements to her clothing designs. One hot little outfit she came up with came complete with a mini hot pink cock whip that attached to a black latex belt. I bring this up because this rubber whip reminds me of that one though a bit bigger. And like the one my college friend wanted women to wear with her clothing designs, this one is also hot pink and could easily pass as a fashion accessory. But it feels like a whip you could find in a bondage shop. It whistles through the air before landing on skin just like the ones experienced dominatrix’s use. And it stings, leaving pink welts on bare asses just like the ones the big girls use. The difference is it looks cute instead of menacing.
So if pop divas like Britney Spears, Rhiana, and Christina Aguilara are young women’s first exposure to female domination, that’s fine with me. And Babeland’s pink rubber whip is the perfect starter toy for the pop singer with dreams of stardom and the beginner dominatrix.