What happens when you invite a TV reporter to a Dungeon Party?

11/05/12 0 COMMENTS

by Hardy Haberman | May 9, 2012
(Go to the Bottom of page for Mistress Eva’s Comment!)

What happens when you invite a TV reporter to a dungeon play party? You end up on TV and in the middle of a real media circus.

In Detroit, a reporter for the NBC affiliate, WDIV got invited to a local play party as he was investigating a murder. The suspect in the case was a participant in the BDSM community, but the murder was not BDSM related and in fact may be a murder for hire committed by a third party. The story is still developing, but the damage to the local BDSM scene has already happened.

The report which played last night on Detroit TV had little to do with the murder or the suspect other than to lean heavily on his involvement with BDSM. The majority of the piece was blurry video with lurid descriptions of the activities that take place at the party. Now to those in the community, these are almost commonplace, but when sensationalized, and in this case really sensationalized it seems dangerous and scary, especially to vanilla folk.

To make things worse the report gave the address of the party, a local VFW hall. All the footage of the event was shot with a hidden camera, so the participants did not know they were being filmed. Luckily the TV station blurred out all the faces but to the participants it must have felt like a violation of their privacy, and it was just that.

The report added no new information to the story of the suspect murder and was designed specifically to scare people with the “debauchery” going on in the peaceful suburban neighborhood. Never mind the fact that this party has been happening on a regular basis for a long time with no complaints, it is great stuff for ratings and TV news is all about ratings.

Now lots of people who attended that party are frightened, perhaps more than the viewers who saw the shadowy figures and blurred video on TV. They are afraid of being “outed” as kinky. Sadly in this country “kinky” is not a protected class and often people lose their families and jobs by being exposed.

The fears of the BDSM community in Detroit may be unfounded, but the hubbub this incident has caused should give people a few valuable lessons. If you are not “out” as kinky, then you need to make sure any event you attend is really a private party. That means invited folk only and/or all participants have signed some sort of release that assures they are not offended by the activities taking place and agree not to photograph or reveal names and identities of any other attendees. These are pretty standard at most play parties, but apparently in Detroit they were not used.

Secondly, do not invite the press to a play party! News folk look for sensational images, specifically TV journalists and whips and crosses make for sensational images, even if the reality of a play party is far from the imagined images vanilla people might have in their minds. Additionally, once the press splashes something like this all over peoples TV screens, some folks will complain to local authorities and next thing you know, the police are visiting any event that looks remotely out of the norm. In most cases what we do in a dungeon might not be illegal, but police will arrest first and ask questions later. I would not be surprised if a wave of “vice” operations followed closely on the heels of this report in Detroit.

The unintended consequences of this might be very severe for some people and that is what makes this even worse.

Now, to be honest, most cities have some kind of BDSM activity going on, and the police and authorities are not blind to it. I have spoken with law enforcement people about this and to a great extent their attitude is, if no one is getting hurt and there is not any prostitution going on they have bigger fish to fry. The difference in Detroit may be the murder investigation and just how much involvement BDSM may play in the crime. My suspicion is it is completely tangential, but that is for the police and courts to find out.

Meanwhile, kinky folk in Detroit should take a deep breath and then use some common sense next time they get an inquiry from a reporter about attending a party.

We don’t want to scare the Muggles!


Mistress Eva: I am on a BDSM/Fetish Social Network called Fetlife.com and this incident has spread through the site like wild fire. When you go to a public Dungeon party, you are trusting the venue to be discreet. You are trusting the other kinky people there to keep the location and going ons secret. Most of the time it works.

A local Dungeon near me does not allow cellphones or cameras inside the premises for this very reason. If a camera is used, there are rules about only showing the folks who want the picture taken. You must get permission from the owners of the Dungeon. Usually the Dungeon owner takes the photo too. They want you to feel safe and comfortable enough to play and have a good time.

First of all, the Owners of the Dungeon who gave the reporter permission to be there was out of their mind! Did they really think they would produce a fair story in the Dungeon’s favor? Reporters are always looking for a story with shock value and this reporter got it! They got this juicy video and ran with it.

I truly feel sorry for the Dungeon and the people filmed. Yes their faces were altered but their tattoos weren’t. People in their local scene could still recognize people in the video. So they were still outed. Also the address of the Dungeon was posted too. I have since heard that they closed the Dungeon. Some folks filmed have dropped out of the scene. Its just really sad.

So in the future, I will only be going to Dungeons who require no cameras or cell phones. Also ones who NEVER invite the media. Its just never a good idea!

Raleigh, NC 4th Smuttiest City in America??

11/05/12 0 COMMENTS

North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage.

09/05/12 0 COMMENTS

I think its very pathetic when complete strangers can decide who I marry. This world need healing and all the love than it can get. This just made me angry and sad. I voted against this along with a bunch of kinky folk in the NC BDSM scene.

Tonight President Obama said he was in favor of Gay Marriage. I wish he had announced this BEFORE the North Carolina election!

Mistress Eva

Clyde Hobbs Talked Dirty To 911 Operators, Oklahoma Cops Say

09/05/12 0 COMMENTS

(OK, the first thing I thought when reading this was, Is he one of my callers? lol!)

He apparently needed assistance — just not the kind 911 provides.

Police say that Clyde Hobbs, 72, called emergency operators in Oklahoma at least 17 times on Saturday. But Hobbs’ only apparent emergency was his insatiable desire for sexy talk, KWTV reported.

Hobbs allegedly made sexually oriented comments toward operators each time he called, and eventually led cops to come knocking. The Oklahoman reports that when they arrived at the residence, Hobbs’ wife answered the door.

When they found Hobbs, he asked, “Are you here to arrest me again?”

Indeed, this isn’t the first time the Oklahoma City man has made a 911 booty call. Cops said he’s been arrested three times for the stunt, including once in 2007.

Hobbs was allegedly belligerent on the way to jail. He was booked on charges of making false reports and his bail was set at $34,000.


Tom Gabel Transgender: Against Me! Singer Reveals New Name

08/05/12 8 COMMENTS


Against Me! rocker Tom Gabel announced he has gender dysphoria. NEW YORK — Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, says he’s becoming a woman.

The 31-year-old tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria. He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery.

Says Gabel: “Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame.”

Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace. He says he’s not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife. They have a 2-year-old daughter.

Against Me! is best known for the song “Thrash Unreal.” The group will hit the road for its tour with The Cult later this month.

The June issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday.

Mistress Eva: She (he) may be a woman but she has balls to announce to the media that is going to change her gender. A very bold and courageous move. I am very proud of her.

What is even better is that his wife supports him. I talk to so many guys in various levels of being sissies to completely transgendered that have to keep their feminine side hidden from their family. Its a sad and very lonely thing for them.

That is why I enjoy my Forced Feminization line on Niteflirt so much. I like helping them explore their fantasies with me. I like to be caring and supportive of their needs. Their secrets are safe with me.

Mistress Eva
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