Wishing to know more about sadomasochism, I meet with Pierre*, a fulfilled sexual slave. After telling me about his journey to the ecstasy of spanking, he says he found himself “a master”. My curiosity cut to the quick, I ask to meet him. Thanks to the insistence of my new accomplice, the one we will call Louis* finally accepts…

The appointment is set on a Friday evening at their apartment, behind Daumesnil (a plaza in Paris, ed.). A man in a latex suit opens the door… face behind a dog mask.

“It’s me!” Come in, welcome!”

I recognize Pierre’s voice.

“I didn’t expect to see you in your outfit.
– We’re expecting people a little later tonight!”

The apartment is cute, it is a charming two rooms decorated in pale shades. Nothing reminiscent of a dungeon. “For the record, we’re sober.” my host says, handing me a vodka tonic. “We never play drunk, it would be too dangerous… Louis is waiting for you in the bedroom. Go ahead, he’s not gonna eat you…”.

I walk forward and come face to face with an incarnation of Tom of Finland‘s drawings (homo-erotic illustrator of the 50’s, ed.). If my mother knew I was here…

(Credits : Steven Klein for Interview Magazine)
Louis?

Absolutely.

Thanks for seeing me. Was it your idea, asking me to come over just before one of your parties?

What do you think? (pointing at his suit, editor’s note.)

Not bad, not bad…

He’s a tease! (laughs)

And curious, as a bonus! Do you often organize this kind of event?

Once or twice a month. Most of the time, it’s just the two of us, but it’s nice to have some company once in a while…

Pierre was talking to me about the importance of building trust with his partner. Is this the case for all the people who will be here tonight?

Yes, completely. We’ve all known each other for several months, it’s a regular circle.

May I ask your age?

37 years old.

And how did you discover your taste for domination?

There was no turning point, it was gradual. And then, I turned 20 about the time people were all starting to have the Internet. It helped me a lot.

To what extent?

Porn sites often had a pretty active forum, some still do. Thanks to that, I was able to exchange, meet men and women who were determining in the construction of my sexuality. They allowed me to explore who I was and what I wanted.

When did you meet Pierre?

A year and a half ago. It was a leather-themed club night, we’ve never left each other since!

Are your friends and family aware of your inclinations?

Some friends are. Unfortunately, society still sees this as a vice, even though it is beginning to change. Pierre was telling me he mentioned working in a bank. Can you imagine if it got out?

Of course… If you had a message to put across, what would it be?

This whole thing is sexual. Basically, it’s just a game. We’re not bad people, let alone rapists. We have a level of listening that most couples don’t have. We’re extremely respectful! Stay tonight if you want, you’ll see… •

This article is part of the #8 — Hit me hard… series.

* On request of the persons concerned, the first names have been changed.

(Cover photo credits: Steven Klein for Interview Magazine)