Friday, October 26, 2007

The Future of Kink


Recently, Siege sent me a link to a Flickr photo set: "lee_loves_shoes' photos." The photographs, which, I assume, were taken by "lee," who describes himself as "Male," "Taken," and a lover of "shoes & high heels, female feet, wearing shoes barefoot and getting wet n messy in shoes," feature women making mashed potatoes in open toed shoes. I wrote back to Siege: "OMIGOD THAT'S SO HOT. I've waited my whole life for open toe pump potato porn. Now, it's here." Later, it got me thinking about what's outré in a world where everything is out there. When I launched Reverse Cowgirl 1.0 in 2002, I did so because, as a freelance writer covering sex, there were hardcore subjects that mainstream magazines wouldn't touch. On the blog, I could write about whatever I wanted. And I did. Now, bukkake is a headline, the fetish map is on view in Manhattan, and the LA Times is covering coprophagy. The days of debating whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing are done. Today, we understand that to fetishize is to be human. Nowadays, Warren Ellis is future kink's preeminent virtual coolhunter. From his gonzo-porno explorations of Second Life sex, "Please Stop Doing That to the Cat," to his DON'T LOOK coverage of mind-boggling body modifications, Ellis goes where no man has gone before, exploring the outer reaches of extreme fetishism. Meanwhile, in America, Kink is the new black, and Kink.com is a multi-million dollar business. These days, there's no difference between lee's potato porn and gentleman who prefer blondes, iPhone porn and ponyplay, a woman who wants to have sex with the Berlin wall and a woman's interactive erotic wallpaper. Technology makes all fetishes possible. Which brings us around to another link Siege sent me. The fetishes of artist Bat Tao Lo, another taken male, this one in Barcelona, include bukake snowballs, interspecial copulations, and ActionJourneyMan. Maybe, in a few years, these extreme creations will come to life--and walk among us. For now, our wildest fetishes remain our fantasies.