BDSM Thrones That Go Beyond BDSM: Dutchie’s Maledom and Femdom Chairs 2.0

Reviewed: Dutchie’s Furniture’s Maledom Chair 2.0 and Femdom Chair 2.0, (L$3999 each or L$5999 for the pair; 10 solo and 80 couples animations; L$44.44/animation.) See the chairs at Dutchie’s Furniture: http://slurl.com/secondlife//41/49/22/

Dutchie’s Furniture continues to impress with the release of two very erotic and unusual Dominant’s thrones. The Maledom Chair 2.0 and the Femdom chair 2.0  are ostensibly for D/s play but don’t let that fool you. Once yuo get past the Dom/sub animations at the start, they’re just as suitable for vanilla, capturing the passion and excitement of D/s sex without the power-games and degradation. These chairs should not be overlooked.

I’ve never been big on Dominants’ thrones previously, because I never found the idea of sitting in some overwrought gothic monstrosity while someone grovels and prostrates herself before me to be especially erotic. But Dutchie’s chairs go way beyond the groveling and hard-core humiliation. There’s enough here to satisfy the typical Dom/me, but there’s also a lot that qualifies as just good, hot, passionate sex too. In fact, the chairs’ great accomplishment might be that they meld the heat of BDSM with the respect and affection of vanilla in a way that can satisfy both.

Designwise, the chairs thankfully do away with the red-and-black High-Gothic/Spanish-Inquisition styling. Instead they’re presented as a pair of handsome and substantial armchairs are suitable for any modern décor, but still massive enough to impress and dominate a room. This update on the old red-velvet-and-wrought-iron styling cliché should come as a relief to those looking to bring their kink out of the dungeon and make it more a part of their living-room life.

The 80 animations (I’m not counting the 10 solos) are lovely to watch, hot and arousing. They’re all original, with varied and creative poses, and they cover the complete sexual spectrum (or at least that part of it that can be done in a chair), from initial embrace to tender aftercare, with plenty of foreplay and fondling in between before they get to some very passionate and inspired sex. And as stated, they do it in a remarkably tasteful manner. While Categories 2 & 3 (see below) have traditional BDSM themes, Categories 4 & 5 are mixed D/s-Vanilla, and 6-10 are entirely vanilla-suitable.

The chairs use Dutchie’s ball-less system, so all the lovers have to do is right-click on the chair and sit in it and they’re off. Menu design is clean and exceptionally well-organized and easy to understand, so the chairs are easy to use straight out of the box.

The animations are organized by category, ten animations to a category. The categories and a brief description (D = Dominant) are:

  1. Solo — the master alone in the chair reading or relaxing, etc.
  2. His — sub bows and kneels; D inspects his property.
  3. Serve —  sub massages D and serves food and drink.
  4. Amuse —sub entices and tempts D; D fondles and teases sub.
  5. Humiliate — sub begs, grovels, masturbates, and displays themselves.
  6. Use — sub orally services D in a series of powerfully erotic and detailed animations.
  7. Sex — sub rides D. Again, there’s some beautiful stuff here.
  8. More Sex — D on top. Includes doggy and anal. More great stuff.
  9. TLC — Tenderness and cuddling after the storm of passion. A nice way to end.

All scripted sex furniture in SL lives or dies on the strength of its animations, and again, this is where Dutchie’s chairs really shine. The lovers don’t just boff like two manikins. You can tell what they’re feeling. That brings them to life so that they’re more than just an illustration of sexual love; they’re an inspiration for it too. They provoke passion and excitement, which is what good animations should do.

There’s another reason I’m so enthusiastic about these chairs. Too often BDSM is presented as little more than sadism, degradation, and cruelty: egomania and misogyny trying to pass themselves off as eroticism.

There’s another kind of D/s though, that’s more about taking passion and desire to their extremes, pushed to the dark places where most people won’t go. This kind of D/s is more about exploring the limits of sex and physical love, searching for a deeper and more meaningful and fulfilling sexual experience. In this kind of D/s and BDSM, submissives are valued and treated with respect, and Masters and Mistresses serve more as guides and enablers than as jailers and executioners.

The practice of Dominance and submission, with its sacrifice, surrender, conquest, and control, can be a powerful sexual metaphor for loving another person in the deepest sense possible. As such, whether you agree with it or not, it’s really a rather noble endeavor. Two people seeking greater intimacy through conquest and surrender. Degradation and gratuitous cruelty have no place in it.

That may be a lot to be reading into a piece of SL sex furniture, but Dutchie’s chairs seem to me to be significant in this light. The chairs certainly have their kneeling and foot-kissing moments, but there’s nothing especially degrading once the serious sex starts. It’s very clear that whatever dominance and submission are occurring at that point are motivated by desire rather than the politics of gender superiority/inferiority. The chairs present a nicely elegant treatment of a much misunderstood practice.

Maledom vs Femdom  Chair

Our testing was confined to the Maledom chair for obvious reasons, but we did look at the Femdom chair and found it comparable overall , albeit with animations modified for female Dommes and male submissives. The animation Cctegories were mostly the same, but with Hers in place of the maledom’s His (obviuousy), and Maledom’s Amuse and Humiliate replaced by Feet and Play.

The Femdom chair preserves that sense of affection and respect or the sub that we so noted in the Maledom chair, however. There’s no humiliation, degradation, or gratuitous cruelty in the Femdom chair, just a Dominatrix intent on enjoying her male sub’s body and sexuality.

 


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About Aiden Swain

Editor/Publisher, Humm Magazine: Journal of Cybersexuality

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