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Netflix's New Show 'Bonding' Is Bold & Funny, But Does It Really Show The BDSM Realm As Is?

The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world

Whenever we think of of BDSM (bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) the first thing that pops up in the mind is Christian Grey and steely eyes looking at Anastasia as a slow, raunchy number plays in the background. Otherwise, it’s that scene from Queen where Kangana’s Rani goes into a sex shop in Amsterdam and remains oblivious to what the object she holds in the hand is.

The concept of BDSM is not open in India as it is in the western countries. But there are some really interesting shows being made on this concept that offer us a tiny peep into the lives of what goes on in the life of a dominatrix. Netflix’s new show Bonding is all about that. Starring Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannel and D'arcy Carden, it is a take on the life of a dominatrix.

While critics have shown their displeasure on the way the series is written, the show is rather interesting and offers a fresh view into BDSM. Ofcourse, most of us who have never really had a brush with this will think of this as completely believable, but this is a sitcom about two struggling people in NYC who are on a journey to entangle their twisted lives.

The lead characters - a traumatized, romantically challenged woman and ‘top dominatrix of NYC’ Tiff and her best friend - a wannabe standup comic who becomes Tiff’s assistant for the money - Pete are trying to find themselves and perhaps happiness somewhere in between all the mess of being a dominatrix and her assistant.

The trailer of this show is interesting but the plot seemed rather scattered. The first scene itself jumps straight to the point. The characters’ journey seems haphazard, but there are also some funny (but awkward) to watch scenes like piss-play, gay man butt-fingering a straight one, and a tickle-play (if it’s called that) that turns on a man, foot fetishes and other kinks that are shot aesthetically. For a show that has to do with BDSM, Bonding has no nudity, just a show of several kinks.

This show needs to watched by Indians to open minds into the prospect of BDSM, which is all about power dynamics and most importantly consent. The clients of Tiff in the show give full consent, but ironically there’s a legit conflict in Pete’s mind about the job. Ironically, Pete says no initially to Tiff, and yet indulges in the clients’ kinks on Tiff’s insistence. That’s perhaps a flaw in the writing, where the character arcs are weak enough for people to lose interest. However, the show is too short for that to happen. Too short is not too great an idea.

We wish it were longer with more defined back stories. Apart from watching kinky incidents turning funny, the second last episode where Pete finally does a stand up act wearing a gimp is actually great. Pete’s character, who is gay, evolves slowly through the episodes, like the overcoming his stage fright, or simply being the sensitive opposite to Tiff’s scarred character with intimacy issues, paying her way through college by being a dominatrix.

The show’s premise takes us through this journey from Pete’s eyes. Right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world, the entire series is a twisted perception of how life can also be. The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, and even has a dialogue from Tiff where she says ‘being a dominatrix is being liberated from shame’. Perhaps it may even apply in India, where if a woman chooses to become a dominatrix, she has to be liberated from the societal norms, fear and shame. We truly wish the show had fuller character arcs, a less catered story as their short run times and incomplete joke writing, the episodes do not end up deliver as expected from promise of their premises.

The idea of Bonding shows a lot of potential. And perhaps we can hope in season 2, the episodes will be longer and we see Tiff and Pete have better adventures, but with some change in the show's writing, and a much, much clearer picture on what the world of BDSM looks like rather than streotypical characters stuck within the loop of their own past behavioural cycles.

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Netflix's New Show 'Bonding' Is Bold & Funny, But Does It Really Show The BDSM Realm As Is?

The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world

Whenever we think of of BDSM (bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) the first thing that pops up in the mind is Christian Grey and steely eyes looking at Anastasia as a slow, raunchy number plays in the background. Otherwise, it’s that scene from Queen where Kangana’s Rani goes into a sex shop in Amsterdam and remains oblivious to what the object she holds in the hand is.

The concept of BDSM is not open in India as it is in the western countries. But there are some really interesting shows being made on this concept that offer us a tiny peep into the lives of what goes on in the life of a dominatrix. Netflix’s new show Bonding is all about that. Starring Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannel and D'arcy Carden, it is a take on the life of a dominatrix.

While critics have shown their displeasure on the way the series is written, the show is rather interesting and offers a fresh view into BDSM. Ofcourse, most of us who have never really had a brush with this will think of this as completely believable, but this is a sitcom about two struggling people in NYC who are on a journey to entangle their twisted lives.

The lead characters - a traumatized, romantically challenged woman and ‘top dominatrix of NYC’ Tiff and her best friend - a wannabe standup comic who becomes Tiff’s assistant for the money - Pete are trying to find themselves and perhaps happiness somewhere in between all the mess of being a dominatrix and her assistant.

The trailer of this show is interesting but the plot seemed rather scattered. The first scene itself jumps straight to the point. The characters’ journey seems haphazard, but there are also some funny (but awkward) to watch scenes like piss-play, gay man butt-fingering a straight one, and a tickle-play (if it’s called that) that turns on a man, foot fetishes and other kinks that are shot aesthetically. For a show that has to do with BDSM, Bonding has no nudity, just a show of several kinks.

This show needs to watched by Indians to open minds into the prospect of BDSM, which is all about power dynamics and most importantly consent. The clients of Tiff in the show give full consent, but ironically there’s a legit conflict in Pete’s mind about the job. Ironically, Pete says no initially to Tiff, and yet indulges in the clients’ kinks on Tiff’s insistence. That’s perhaps a flaw in the writing, where the character arcs are weak enough for people to lose interest. However, the show is too short for that to happen. Too short is not too great an idea.

We wish it were longer with more defined back stories. Apart from watching kinky incidents turning funny, the second last episode where Pete finally does a stand up act wearing a gimp is actually great. Pete’s character, who is gay, evolves slowly through the episodes, like the overcoming his stage fright, or simply being the sensitive opposite to Tiff’s scarred character with intimacy issues, paying her way through college by being a dominatrix.

The show’s premise takes us through this journey from Pete’s eyes. Right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world, the entire series is a twisted perception of how life can also be. The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, and even has a dialogue from Tiff where she says ‘being a dominatrix is being liberated from shame’. Perhaps it may even apply in India, where if a woman chooses to become a dominatrix, she has to be liberated from the societal norms, fear and shame. We truly wish the show had fuller character arcs, a less catered story as their short run times and incomplete joke writing, the episodes do not end up deliver as expected from promise of their premises.

The idea of Bonding shows a lot of potential. And perhaps we can hope in season 2, the episodes will be longer and we see Tiff and Pete have better adventures, but with some change in the show's writing, and a much, much clearer picture on what the world of BDSM looks like rather than streotypical characters stuck within the loop of their own past behavioural cycles.

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Netflix's New Show 'Bonding' Is Bold & Funny, But Does It Really Show The BDSM Realm As Is?

The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world

Whenever we think of of BDSM (bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) the first thing that pops up in the mind is Christian Grey and steely eyes looking at Anastasia as a slow, raunchy number plays in the background. Otherwise, it’s that scene from Queen where Kangana’s Rani goes into a sex shop in Amsterdam and remains oblivious to what the object she holds in the hand is.

The concept of BDSM is not open in India as it is in the western countries. But there are some really interesting shows being made on this concept that offer us a tiny peep into the lives of what goes on in the life of a dominatrix. Netflix’s new show Bonding is all about that. Starring Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannel and D'arcy Carden, it is a take on the life of a dominatrix.

While critics have shown their displeasure on the way the series is written, the show is rather interesting and offers a fresh view into BDSM. Ofcourse, most of us who have never really had a brush with this will think of this as completely believable, but this is a sitcom about two struggling people in NYC who are on a journey to entangle their twisted lives.

The lead characters - a traumatized, romantically challenged woman and ‘top dominatrix of NYC’ Tiff and her best friend - a wannabe standup comic who becomes Tiff’s assistant for the money - Pete are trying to find themselves and perhaps happiness somewhere in between all the mess of being a dominatrix and her assistant.

The trailer of this show is interesting but the plot seemed rather scattered. The first scene itself jumps straight to the point. The characters’ journey seems haphazard, but there are also some funny (but awkward) to watch scenes like piss-play, gay man butt-fingering a straight one, and a tickle-play (if it’s called that) that turns on a man, foot fetishes and other kinks that are shot aesthetically. For a show that has to do with BDSM, Bonding has no nudity, just a show of several kinks.

This show needs to watched by Indians to open minds into the prospect of BDSM, which is all about power dynamics and most importantly consent. The clients of Tiff in the show give full consent, but ironically there’s a legit conflict in Pete’s mind about the job. Ironically, Pete says no initially to Tiff, and yet indulges in the clients’ kinks on Tiff’s insistence. That’s perhaps a flaw in the writing, where the character arcs are weak enough for people to lose interest. However, the show is too short for that to happen. Too short is not too great an idea.

We wish it were longer with more defined back stories. Apart from watching kinky incidents turning funny, the second last episode where Pete finally does a stand up act wearing a gimp is actually great. Pete’s character, who is gay, evolves slowly through the episodes, like the overcoming his stage fright, or simply being the sensitive opposite to Tiff’s scarred character with intimacy issues, paying her way through college by being a dominatrix.

The show’s premise takes us through this journey from Pete’s eyes. Right from episode one where Pete takes up the job as a dominatrix’s assistant and is introduced to a whole new world, the entire series is a twisted perception of how life can also be. The show explores the difference between sex and sexuality, and even has a dialogue from Tiff where she says ‘being a dominatrix is being liberated from shame’. Perhaps it may even apply in India, where if a woman chooses to become a dominatrix, she has to be liberated from the societal norms, fear and shame. We truly wish the show had fuller character arcs, a less catered story as their short run times and incomplete joke writing, the episodes do not end up deliver as expected from promise of their premises.

The idea of Bonding shows a lot of potential. And perhaps we can hope in season 2, the episodes will be longer and we see Tiff and Pete have better adventures, but with some change in the show's writing, and a much, much clearer picture on what the world of BDSM looks like rather than streotypical characters stuck within the loop of their own past behavioural cycles.

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