Whip Team

Elizabeth Ann remembers when her social circle disbanded. They were a group of women into bondage, domination and sadomasochism, but the politics of running a sex club ruined the fun. After all, why apply mainstream identifiers like job titles and bylaws to kinky sex practices?

Elizabeth's new social club, the Women In Power Society (WIPSociety), has been going strong for five years, and she's yet to elect a board member. Club meetings are treated as parties, and they're getting bigger. That's thanks, in part, to the WIPSociety's inclusive spirit. Bondage and sadomasochism are playful and consensual forms of sexual intimacy, so why not invite the whole town? At the club's "pan-sexual" party celebrating its fifth birthday, you can be sure the WIPSociety won't be at a loss for spankings.

The action starts at noon with an open vendor market on the patio at Mary's, where guests can buy paddles, leather items, blindfolds, harnesses, whips and floggers. "But we will not be selling dildos," says Elizabeth (that's a no-no).

Bondage and S&M workshops follow, with demonstrations of practices including hot wax dripping, rope bondage, flogging, spanking, "cock and ball torture" and anal play for both men and women. Curious yet? "We invite voyeurism," says Elizabeth. She assures that all practices are safe, monitored and "very legal, no bodily fluid exchanges." Well, all right, then.

In the evening, after a smoked turkey dinner cooked by Elizabeth, things get down and dirty in the dungeon. Partygoers are invited, for a fee, to be whipped (or caged, restrained or flogged) in a 30- by 40-foot tent equipped with 20 kinds of torturous technology. They can even experience mummification, the sensory-deprivation technique involving plastic wrap.

According to Elizabeth, first-timers tend to jump right in. "They're already predisposed to it," she says. "They're already curious. People are always glad they came, and they walk away very happy." And, we'll bet, damn sore.

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Troy Schulze
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