Part of the process of running for International Ms Leather was coming up with a “Fantasy” segment. I had a small (dis)advantage as I’d already performed one for my run for Ms. SF Leather, and was satisfied with how that went. I decided, somewhat controversially (and against several recommendations,) to reproduce the performance verbatim for the International competition.
I have the rare (and, surprise surprise) further controversial move of having video of the performance available for those who were unable to join us for this amazing competition. Thanks to Q, who I am proud to stand beside in Leather, and as Chosen Family.
I’m not unfamiliar with the fact that my story, my life, my practices, make some uncomfortable. I also know that I live my life to honor my God and those I love. My intention is to tell a story…my story…in a way that is facilitated by a lifetime of training and practice in performance and storytelling.
Some people have a simple straightforward path to their Leather lifestyle. And some of us have a more…challenging path.
Now isn’t the time for me to backpedal or apologise.
Now is the time to facilitate dialog, stay in transparency, to walk in integrity.
To be honest? I haven’t watched the video. I can hardly listen to the song without my insides curling up and tingling and exploding,
And if you wanna buy the version featured, you can do so here.
And if you want to examine the thoughts of someone who saw the contest and floored me with their analysis, you can read it here.
And if you are a member of FetLife and want to read the very personal process of someone who saw the fantasy, was challenged by it, and honored the spirit of the message by thinking and sharing her thoughts, you can do that here.
Look, I know it isn’t the easiest thing, to see something that mirrors some of the darker aspects of our American history. But I am not in the business of avoiding darkness.
I honor my ancestors, the women and men who fought and struggled and died. I am well aware that I wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms I sometimes take for granted without that which has gone before.
If my worship doesn’t look like yours, that’s OK.
We all have our own paths to walk.