HISTORY OF FEMALE DOMINATION
Female Domination -
13th century: Henri d'Andely writes "Le Lai d'Aristote" about greek
philosopher Aristoteles who is ridden like a pony by Mrs. Phyllis who
has a whip in her hand. The story inspires painters: Hans Baldung
Grien "Phyllis Riding Aristotle (1513) and Bartholomaeus Spranger (who
lived 1546 -1611) "The Woman and the Philosopher" (The Lay of
Source: Gilles Neret "Erotica Universalis", published by Taschen ca.
English poet Christopher Marlowe writes this epigramm: "When Francus
comes to solace with his whore, / He sends for rods and strips himself
stark naked; / For his lust sleeps, and will not rise before / By
whipping of the wench it be awaked. / I envy him not, but wish I had
the power, / To make his wench but one half hour."
(D�hren, Eugen (Iwan Bloch) "Englische Sittengeschichte", 2. new
edition, Berlin, Louis Marcus Verlagsbuchhandlung 1912, Band I, S.
1676 In the theatre play "The Virtuoso", written by British dramatist
Thomas Shadwell, old man Snarl wants to be whipped, which is done by a
young prostitute. He likes it because it reminds him of his schooldays
(D�hren, Eugen (Iwan Bloch) "Das Geschlechtsleben in England") 1682
Premiere of theatre play "Venice Preserv'd" of British dramatist
Thomas Otway. Drama contains a scene, where prostitute Aquilina
fulfills the wish of Senator Antonio and spits on him, treats him like
a dog, kicks and whips him.
(Noyes, John K. "The mastery of Submission", Cornell University Press
1997, S. 85f.) (Website www.britannica.com)
1704 Edward Ward, author of "London Spy", describes a scene in a
whorehouse. A sixty year old man asks for whipping equipment, because
he wants to be whipped. This was the first time Ward heard of the
flogging cullies, male lovers of passive flagellation. (D�hren, Eugen
(Iwan Bloch) "Das Geschlechtsleben in England")
1748 John Cleland "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" ("Die Abenteuer der
1765 Famous French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau writes his
autobiography "Confessions", which is published in 1781. There he
describes the excitement he feels by thinking of dominant women. Since
he was a child and met his thirty-year-old governess, Mrs. Lambercier,
he has this fascination for dominant women. Rousseau is ashamed ofthis
obsession and hides it from the public. (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
"Bekenntnisse", Insel Verlag 1985, S. 49ff.)
1786 Painter James Gillray publishes a scene of flagellation: "Lady
Termagant Flaybum going to give her stepson a taste of her dessert
after dinner". (D�hren, Eugen (Iwan Bloch) "Englische
Sittengeschichte", 2. new edition, Berlin, Louis Marcus
Verlagsbuchhandlung 1912, Band II, S. 257) 5. April 1837
British author Algernon Charles Swinburne is born in London. He didn't
hide that he was a masochist and wrote many poems about the joy of
passive flagellation ("If you were queen of pleasure / And I were king
of pain")(Leather History TimeLine, 4th edition, Februar 1999)
1869 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch writes the novel "Venus in Furs", which
becomes a bestseller.
2. February 1882 Irish author James Augustine Aloysius Joyce is born
in Dublin. There is a letter which Joyce wrote to his beloved Nora
Barnacle. There he describes his passionate wish to get whipped by
(Wallace, Irving u.a.: "Rowohlts indiskrete Liste. Von Kleopatra bis
Elvis Presley. Ehen, Verh�ltnisse, Amouren und Aff�ren ber�hmter
Frauen und M�nner", Rowohlt Verlag, Hamburg 1981) 12. July 1892
Polish Novelist, Painter and Kafka translater, Bruno Schulz is born in
Drogobytsch, Galizien. Most of his poetic stories describe weak men
and dominant women. His paintings in black and white show submissve
men at the feet of dominant women. Bruno Schulz was murdered by the
Nazis on 19th of November 1942. (dtv Lexikon M�nchen 1999)
23. October 1893 In "Zeitgeist", a part of newspaper "Berliner
Tageblatt", is an article written by Otto Brandes with the headline
"Die Auspeitscherin" (The Whipping Woman). (D�hren, Eugen (Iwan Bloch)
"Das Geschlechtsleben in England")
1893 Robinson, Julian: "Gynecocracy, a narrative of the adventures and
psychological experiences of Julian Robinson (afterwards Viscount
Ladywood). Under petticoat rule, written by himself.", Paris and
Rotterdam 1893 ca. 1910 books
Hallerer, R.: "In weiblicher Peitschenzucht. Nach
Tagebuchaufzeichnungen einer Amerikanerin bearbeitet", Hamburg and
Ramberg, Else: "Die neue Gouvernante. Ein hochinteressantes
Erziehungsbild", about 1910
1913 Under the title "Die Weiberherrschaft" three books are published
in Munich. These books contain descriptions of dominant women,
collected by Eduard Fuchs. (Noyes, John K. "the mastery of
submission", Cornell University Press 1997, S. 98) ca. 1922
German artist Otto Dix paints "Sadisten gewidmet", which shows two
dominatrixes in a dungeon. (Muthesius, Angelika (Hrsg) "Erotik in der
Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts", Benedikt Taschen Verlag 1992, page 191)
1927 Artist Rudolf Schlichter paints aquarell "Domina mea". It shows a
woman in boots in a victorious pose above a man who is on his knees.
(Muthesius, Angelika (Hrsg) "Erotik in der Kunst des 20.
Jahrhunderts", Benedikt Taschen Verlag 1992, page 195)
50s Eric Stanton begins his work as SM-cartoonist. He also publishes
many paintings about dominant women.
("Eric Stanton Taschen Diary 2000", Benedikt Taschen Verlag K�ln 1999)
Mechler, Ulrich: "Sadistinnen und Masochisten", Lischer Verlag, Basel
1954 Performance-Artist Bob "Supermasochist" Flanagan is born in the
1963 Klinger, Franz: "Des Mannes H�rigkeit. Eine sexualpsychologische
Studie f�r �rzte, Juristen, Seelsorger, Erzieher und psychologisch
Interessierte", Albert M�ller Verlag, Z�rich / Stuttgart / Wien
1983 Robert van Ackeren realizes the movie "Woman in Flames" about a
female student who begins a job as a professional mistress. The movie
is a hit.
1985 book Sellers, Terence: "Der korrekte Sadismus. Die Memoiren der
Angel Stern", ikoo Verlag, Berlin
1986 Tomi Ungerer releases the book "Schutzengel der H�lle" with
interviews and paintings, as a result of a two year long stay with
professional mistresses in Hamburg, Germany. (Ungerer, Tomi
"Schutzengel der H�lle", Diogenes Verlag Z�rich 1995)
1986 Cleo Uebelmann directs the lesbian bondage-movie "Mano Destra".
(Uebelmann, Cl�o "The Dominas", Verlag Claudia Gehrke T�bingen 1988)
1988 Uebelmann publishes the fotobook "The Dominas" with fotos of her
film "Mano Destra" and of fotoseries "Museum of Modern Art".
(Uebelmann, Cl�o "The Dominas", Verlag Claudia Gehrke T�bingen 1988)
1988 book Koschorke, Albrecht: "Leopold v. Sacher-Masoch. Inszenierung
einer Perversion", Piper Verlag, M�nchen
1991 book Martin, Gigi "Die Herrin", ikoo Verlag, Pullenreuth
1994 Dutch filmmakers Maarje Seyferth und Victor Niewenhuijs realize a
black-and-white-adaption of Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs".
Graham Scott, Gini "Dominanz und Unterwerfung" (Erotic Power), Knaur
Verlag January 1996
Bob "Supermasochist" Flanagan dies at the age of 42 because of illness
"zystic fibrosis". 1996 books
Antoniou, Laura (Hrsg): "Lederfrauen" vbz Verlag Bernd Zeun, Gie�en
Sacher-Masoch, Wanda und Leopold von: "Szenen einer Ehe", Wiener
June 1997 In czech village Cerna the "Other World Kingdom" (OWK,
www.owk.cz) opens it's gates. It becomes an important meeting place
for the femdom-scene. The matriarch house publishes femdom movies,
books and magazines.
June 1997 British movie "Preaching to the Perverted" is released in
the US. The film shows a dominatrix that runs fetish parties in
23. October to 1. November 1998 In Amsterdam for the first time Women
At Leather Pride (WALP) meet with 85 participants.
Aril 1999 In Berlin for the first time the International Women's SM
Leather Conference took place with about 50 participants.
Autumn 1999 115 women meet at Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride (WALP)
1999 book Schneider, Sabrina (Pseudonym von Cagliostro) "Ausbildung
zur perfekten Domina - Ein Lehrbuch", Erotex Verlag
April 2000 At second "International Women's SM Leather Conference"
Play! Mate 2000 in Berlin 70 women meet.
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