Further to my last post, on which I have received a number of interesting comments. I think I failed, in my last post, to accurately specify why the brief scenes in the first few episodes of The Sinner are so significant. I will now bang on!
It is about a depiction in a mainstream fiction programme or film of female sadism by an everyday female. She taking pleasure in inflicting pain, just for her pleasure – her sexual pleasure. Enjoying her dominance for her sexual pleasure. Not for revenge or power or money. Not a dominatrix.
There is and always has been so much in mainstream fiction programming depicting males doing this. But I think The Sinner may be the very first showing a female indulging. Not a lifestyle documentary, not masked by comedy or farce, not a woman controlling a man for financial reasons or political reasons, not a revenge tale where there is cruelty but no sexual pleasure. It is, and always has been, just fine for everyday males to be shown indulging. But clearly, it has been just too socially offensive to think everyday females could ever have these desires. As though everyday women are too weak or too unsophisticated or too boring or can only be nurturing or are too passive.
By mainstream I am excluding films intended for the BDSM market such as Venus in Furs, My Mistress, etc. I am also excluding documentaries.
Can anyone point to another example in a TV or movie mainstream work of fiction – of an everyday wife or girlfriend indulging? And indulging with an addicted submissive male who when not being dominated is assertive and successful in his life. Billions came close but there was no real sadism like that shown in The Sinner. If a submissive man is shown as addicted to a female, he is nearly always depicted as a sad loser.
It is important to me because if more dramas and thrillers unashamedly and explicitly showed such women and showed the addiction to these women submissive (and successful) men feel, then perhaps more women might think it acceptable to try it. This is always my aim. To have more women enjoying the life it can bring, and more submissive men living their dream life with them. Helping change the apparent balance of 100 submissive men to each dominant woman.