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FREAKY Friday: Rihanna – a BDSM connection?

Freaky Fridays is a new feature at the Passions – Why not mix things up a little bit?

Today’s Freaky Friday Lovely is the young, Bajan beauty Rihanna.  Why, you ask?  Well, since the Passions has her own personal relationship with, well, let’s just say the darker side of sexuality – I have a keen sense and hyper radar on all things relative to BDSM.  And if you haven’t noticed, the darling, sweet, Little Miss Rihanna has a penchant for the, well, let’s just say the dark and racy side of fashion.  Now as a person with a fair amount of experience in this area, it was not all that surprising that she would become a victim of domestic violence in light of the fact she might be attracted to the power of pleasure and pain through bondage, dominance and sadomasochism.  To some, the line between fiery passion, phenomenal/rough sex, BDSM and straight up violence is a slippery slope – one not easily navigated (especially among the inexperienced).  The fact that this possibility has not really been brought to light – that there might be a connection to Rihanna’s “taste” in clothing and perhaps a hidden, private  lifestyle, is compelling and definitely begs for closer examination.  I suspect you might look a little differently at this media darling from now on.

Back in September she did a fashion spread for Italian Vogue that highlighted her in an entire BDSM theme.  I’ve also included some other shots that might make you go, “hmmmmm”.  We can get academic here, psychoanalyzing these images imposed on her – black female bodies – being displayed as symbols of abuse, persecution, sexual promiscuity, domination and bondage – but, I do want to keep things light here.  I don’t want to do a thesis on the intricasies of black female sexuality – although for obvious reasons, it is something I care about very deeply.  I just wanted to give us all a little something to think about on the First Freaky Friday.  The Passions Likes to keep it Real, even when its real heavy.

Otherwise, she sure is a thing of beauty – despite the complexities.  Look, it might be her handlers, her stylists projecting some trendy image and I might be way off.  But I also believe, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  Any comments you might have on this topic are encouraged.  

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2 Responses to “FREAKY Friday: Rihanna – a BDSM connection?”


  1. April 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t do all that much in the celebrity gossip arena save for occasionally snarking.

    But a recent high-profile abuse case is straddling several areas of thought in my brains today.

    I know you may know this, but let me reiterate: simply because someone is masochistic, one cannot assume that they would also tolerate abuse.

    A recent discussion on Twitter underscored this issue. It was an intense debate, but I think it underscored a difference in opinion that I’ve been pondering.

    I know that not everyone feels that there is a bright clear line demarking abuse.

    And I know that some people who are survivors of abuse are among the people who believe that it is solely the business of the abuser and the abusee to decide how it goes.

    And I am well aware that there are two fucking sides to every goddamned story.

    But I also know that I am so not a fan of the idea that it isn’t our business when someone is in the grip an abusive relationship.

    It is kinda everyone’s damned business.

    Abuse impacts children in the home, therefore impacting them AND the next generation.

    Abuse impacts the friends of both parties, who may feel helpless in the face of a person stuck in that cycle.

    Abuse impacts the workplace, as the abuser probably isn’t just abusive at home and the victim may lose work time, and is not going to be bringing their “A” game to the table.

    I could go on and on…

    Abuse impacts other people, period.

    It is NOT ONLY THE BUSINESS OF THE VICTIM AND THE PERP.

    YES, only the person involved can take the steps to walk away. But sometimes they need help, a positive example.

    I know that, when I was killing myself with alcohol, and knew it, the fact that I had people to turn to when I finally reached my tipping point (I don’t believe in the concept of “Bottom”) saved my life. Yes, I had to make that decision. But the people who had cautiously and softly stood by wringing their hands and occasionally making some cautious, caring comment were among the people to whom I turned when it was time.

    What does this have to do with kink?

    Yeah Robin Thicke can spank my butt ANY day.

    A lot.

    See, BDSM isn’t legal, really. And I cannot legally consent to being whipped and slapped. But when I play,  I DO consent. Explicitly, over and over and over.

    People who are abused do not.

    Even if Rihanna was the most profoundly masochistic painslut bondage bottom on the planet   (stop drooling you fucking perverts. Srsly. I’m being serious here.) the MOMENT her fucking chickenshit douchebag partner struck her in anger and threatened her safety, it violated consent.

    Can a husband rape his wife?

    Used to be no, he couldn’t. She was his property to do with as he wished.

    But that is not the case, and spousal rape is prosecutable.
    What kinky people do is about consent.
    It isn’t about “asking for it” and it isn’t about anger and retaliation.
    Ever.
    And the fact that she is reconciling with this fuckholio DOES impact girls who look up to her.  THEY may not have the resources to get therapy and counseling and all of the support that these people do, and it may well set an abysmally shitty example for impressionable women.

    And do not step to me with this “They have a right to her private life.”  Bullshit, because they gave that up the vast majority of that in exchange for fame.  That is part of what being famous is. Stepping from obscurity into a glass box on a pedestal. You have to know that is part of your job as a Modern Day God: radical scrutiny. I’m not even one thousandth as famous a person as she is, but even I have some level of authority and responsibility as an educator in the BDSM community. I take that seriously.  I would not be true to what I teach if I, for example, were in an abusive relationship, if I sold myself short.   It matters to me that other kinky people listen to what I have to say. It therefore matters to me that I live my life in a way that tracks what I yammer on about in classes and articles and documentaries and blog posts.

    Having choices, money, fame, glamour, all of those things, cannot protect you. The only than that can, is yourself. The mental and emotional state of a person who is the victim of domestic violence has nothing…NOTHING…to do with status, money, wealth or power.

    If you are in an abusive relationship, get help. If you are in an abusive BDSM relationship, get help.

    Don’t be afraid that your kinkiness means that you can’t be hurt. Because you can.


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