The World’s Sexiest Dungeons

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Ever wondered what a real, professional BDSM dungeon looks like? Well, from personal experience, I can say that some are very elegant and ornate, while others are far trashier, and tend to be located in unassuming office buildings in gross areas of midtown, on a floor just above, like, a pottery class, and just below an insurance company. Random.

Generally, what most professional, “for-hire” dungeons offer is a selection of rooms, each decorated to create a different mood, and to cater to the differing tastes and fetishes of their Dommes and clients. Often, each room has a theme, for instance: medical room, boudoir, chamber, prison, “red room,” mortuary, classroom, or simply your classic bondage dungeon. Each room will generally have a variety of BDSM furniture to suit the theme, for instance: cages, spanking benches, morgue tables, bondage beds, thrones, isolation rooms, dentist chairs, mummification benches, suspension frames, etc. Dungeons will often have pro-Dommes working on site, and some allow independent Dommes to hire out rooms for sessions. I recently went into an internet black hole researching some of the world’s most glamorous dungeons. Below is a selection of images of some of my favorites. Enjoy!

1. A dungeon in Astoria, Queens (NYC), that shares a building with a dance academy for young girls–something that doesn’t make their parents very happy, weirdly.

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2. A dungeon-for-rent in Logan Square, Chicago:

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3. This is dungeon is of unknown location–it’s kind of sterile, but it’s funny that at first glance it sort of just looks like a gym:

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4. This uber chic dungeon is in LA, and owned by Mistress Justine Cross:

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5. This super cute dungeon was created by some freak on Second Life. Wish it was real!

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6. Be tortured in style in this fetish bed and breakfast in London:

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7. Below is a photo of a bondage room in the love hotel, Hotel Adonis, in Osaka, Japan. Sadly, it no longer exists.

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8. And I saved the best for last. Below are photos taken inside the original Pandora’s Box in NYC, one of the most infamous BDSM dungeons in the world. All photos are by Susan Meiselas, taken in the 90s. A couple weeks ago I posted the amazing documentary Fetishes, by Nick Broomfield, which was filmed inside this dungeon. If you like the below photos, and haven’t watched Fetishes yet, I highly recommend it!

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How This London PhD Student Became a High Class Escort… by Accident

anitsOne minute Lula was having an innocent conversation with a stranger at an art gallery, and the next a circle of European businessmen was sending her designer dresses, paying her to party, and feeding her glamorous junk food.

It’s like a modern-day Cinderella story—minus the part about being a servant. Read my latest Sugar Babies column for Vice HERE :)

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Slutever’s 5 Recommendations for Life

tumblr_l44lvs6LfD1qzzxybo1_1280A few weeks ago I wrote a post where I recommended 5 wonderful pieces of internet that I felt had made me a smarter and/or happier person, or at least someone who’d be more interesting to talk to at a dinner party. You guys seemed to like it, so I’m doing it again. So, if you’re looking for a way to spend the precious final hours of this winter holiday, I suggest you watch, read and/or listen to the below:

1. Nick Broomfield’s Fetishes

Fetishes is a film made by the famous British documentarian, Nick Broomfield, in 1996. Personally, it was one of my first extensive introductions to BDSM. It was filmed at Pandora’s Box, the most elegant and infamous S&M parlor in New York, and it’s extremely informative–you will learn about everything from Domme/slave relationships, to rubber, to infantilism, to asphyxiation, to mummification–and it’s also beautifully shot, and incredibly funny. And it’s important to be informed about this stuff because duh, everyone is going to be talking about BDSM in 2015, aka the year of the 50 Shades movie! And lucky for you, the film is now fully available to watch on Youtube, yay!

2. The Happy Hooker

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This is one of my fave books ever, obvi–it makes the perfect birthday gift for your slutty friends!  It was written in 1971 by the amazing Xaviera Hollander. The book is Hollander’s memoir, and talks in amazing and hysterical detail about everything from her first sexual experiences, to becoming one of New York’s highest paid prostitutes, to eventually becoming the madam of New York’s most upscale brothel… until she was eventually deported from the USA on the grounds of “moral turpitude” (tragic). Hollander also wrote a famous advice column for Penthouse magazine called Call Me Madam, which ran for 30 years. The Happy Hooker is considered a landmark of sex-positive writing (my hero!). I suggest you run out and buy it now!

3. Radiolab’s “Patient Zero”

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Most of you are probably familiar with the podcast Radiolab. I admittedly only started listening to it regularly a few months ago, but in my recent bing this episode was definitely my favorite. “Patient Zero” explores the single figure at the genesis of an outbreak–the person who sets it all in motion–by looking at some of the most iconic Patient Zeros of all time: Typhoid Mary, the genesis of the AIDS epidemic, the origins of the Ebola outbreak, and it also asks: who invented the high-five?

4. Camille Paglia interviewed by Bill Maher

Camille might be the most controversial feminist of all time, and some of her ideas are insane and kinda nonsensical, but I can’t help but love her. This interview she did in 1995 with Bill Maher on the show Politically Incorrect–about feminism, and many other things–is one of my favorites she’s ever done.

5. “Prey,” an essay by Kathleen Hale

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This incredible essay is an upsetting but important read. In it, writer Kathleen Hale describes the incident of her college rape, the ensuing two-year-long rape trial, and how she went from prey to predator. Hers is an incredibly important story, especially now, in light of the current backlash against colleges for their continued mishandling of rape cases. You can read here essay HERE. 

p.s. If you want to buy one of my lovely Slutever Vaj T-Shirts (featured on me in the Happy Hooker pic) you can still do so. Details on how to buy one HERE.

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