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Monday, 20 October 2014

Bettie Page: Bondage Queen

[Continued from Bettie Page and Religion]
Bettie Page: Bondage Queen
betty_page_corset_iconBettie Page was becoming one of the most sought after pin up models of the 1950. Her innovations in 'sexy clothing' including basically inventing the modern bikini as well as posing nude and, of course, posing in the revolutionary magazine of the day: Playboy, secured her place in the hearts of red blooded American men.  So where could she take her career to make herself into an icon remembered and adored 60+ years afterwards? Bondage. This media savvy minx knew what really gets our hearts pumping and praise Allah, she went there.

Bettie Page  looked at doing bondage and BDSM scenes as good fun and great acting. She enjoyed pretending to be scared or being a domme. And soon she was getting requests from all over the country. "Mostly from doctors, lawyers and businessmen" who could afford paying to see Bettie realize their fantasies.

bettie_page_whip_corsetBettie Page became a bondage supermodel who enjoyed fetish
shoots. Soon, she created an unforgettable body of work that helped define exactly what fetish meant. She'd wear leather, corsets, boots, opera gloves, high heels, garters and stockings. And be tied up in all manner of positions. Or tie girls up too. She was involved in spanking video, wrestling, girls fighting, and girls ganging up on each other and trying up a victim.

Artist Olivia De Berardinis said of Bettie, "She makes it accessible and fun. You know you're not gonna go to hell for it."

Again, this was super taboo in the 1950s and Bettie approached it with passion and yet always brought her innocence and playfulness to every shoot. And America went wild for it.

Back in the 1950s it was highly illegal to have any sort of leather,
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fetish or bondage combined in any with nudity. If a nipple was showing, the FBI would arrest you. In fact, the feds asked Bettie Page to testify against Irvin Claw. She was called to testify before a congressional hearing in May 1955 because a 17 year old killed himself with rope and looking at bondage pictures. This was allegedly a case of bondage pornography corrupting youth but was most likely an early case of accidental death caused by autoerotic asphyxiation. I've read accounts on the net claiming that this boy was involved in a Bettie Page shoot but I've heard a recording of Bettie saying, "This boy was in Florida and what in world did I have to do with that?" So I'm gonna go with: she wasn't present or involved in any way. Still, they tried to get her to testify against Claw.

Bettie, being a tigress said, 'Those creeps! They can't make me testify...I don't care. You can't force me. I won't do it."

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It didn't matter. The court ordered that all the photos and negatives should be destroyed. But Claw's wife managed to smuggle a few photo to safety.

[To be continued]

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Side note: She knew about foot fetishes too ;)
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