As much as I try to explain porn to anyone else, I try to explain it to myself. Earlier this year I was on the set of a production that will probably end up costing a quarter of a million bucks (which is a lot for porn, even though it is just pennies to me, as I am rich, Rich, RICH). Will it be any better than other porn movies? Sure, if you judge porn movies by Hollywood standards, this porn movie will be way more like a Hollywood movie than other porn movies. But if people watch porn movies to jerk off or otherwise become sexually excited and/or romantically inclined, it will probably be as effective or less effective than other porn movies.
Then there’s Julie Simone’s “Fem/Fem Spankings.” This was a delightful movie that I feel could have been financed by cashing in the empties in my garage. Yet it delivers everything it promises.
The premise is that three dominatrices, who talk a big game when telling men what they’re going to do to them (Simone’s monologue, delivered dead-eyed to the camera: “You need your ass to be bvruised and welted and bloody because you have been seriously fucking up. I’ll spank it ’til I’m satisfied. It’s not about you.I hope [the paddle] breaks over your ass, and then you’ll pay for every one you’ve broken”) are themselves taken to task for some bratty infraction.
Simone, for example, is spanked by the hilarious New York I-talian Kelly Payne (Simone: “She’s amazing and has won the AVN award for Best Spanking video multiple times”), who is angry with Simone for eating “12 plates of food.” Payne spanks Simone’s ass until it is a deep pink.
Eden Alexander will also wreck your life as a dominatrix, but when she lackadaisically performs her duties as a housecleaner, Elena DeLuca spanks her most harshly.
The fun thing about the movie is that all of the bottoms are so goddamn bratty that spanking them seems like the right thing to do on a humanitarian level. That each character in the exchange seems to take a deep carnal satisfaction in the proceedings is gravy.
Then Simone washes out naughty schoolgirl Nikki Sebastian’s mouth with soap in front of a Highlites map of the world.
Fetish videos often feature improvised dialogue, and I think the level of physical violence involved really bring out some gems (A Joe Gallant/Julie Simone video a few years ago is a favorite), full of context, humor, personal history, and pain.
Gram: People have safewords when the action gets too heavy. Did you ever have to stop the dialogue?
Simone: I used to have to stop Aiden Starr all the time because she would take scenes in a direction not in line with my vision. I’m really not into potty mouthed vulgar Dommes, it’s such a turn off. I once had to edit a Behind the Scenes interview of a model who said she realized she liked women when her babysitter touched her!
Gram: You spank women and you get spanked. Are there advantages to keeping it same sex? In your pro-dom world, do you ever book sessions domming other women?
Simone: The men that have spanked me have seemed less aware of what I was feeling or where I was in the scene. I rarely felt a connection. Most women seem to be more in tune, though that may be more because I only sub to women I know well and with whom I have a rapport. I have never booked a session where I dommed another woman but Bella Vendetta does them all the time. Women don’t generally need to pay for such things.
Gram: That and drinks. Finally, spanking can be the appetizer or the main course in a relationship where two people love each other very much. Can you think of scenarios where it is better as one or the other?
Simone: It’s a matter of personal preference. For many the fetish activity IS the sex. Having regular sex on top of it would be redundant and probably boring. It’s hard for me to think of scenarios where it would be the appetizer or prelude because I don’t view BDSM and fetish that way. I can only think of two exceptions and the sex and fetish would happen at the same time versus one after the other – smoking fetish and heavy rubber (which I usually pair together for extra intensity).
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: Back to the Apocalypse at the San Francisco Fetish Ball
See also: Julie Simone