[internetworkers] somewhat bizarre comment

matusiak dave at matusiak.org
Tue Sep 14 14:38:25 EDT 2004

hey everybody, this has nothing to do with nothing, but i happened upon 
it recently and thought it quite interesting.  please note that the 
comment was NOT written by me.


  Language Malfunction

  As a practitioner of bondage, discipline and sadomasochistic practices 
for 25 years, I am perplexed by the phrase "S&M-clad," which is how 
Frank Ahrens chose to describe Janet Jackson's dancers in the infamous 
MTV-produced Super Bowl halftime show [Business, Sept. 4]. "S&M" is not 
a style of dress but the acceptance of a set of sexual fetish 
activities as "normal" and "healthy" when performed appropriately.

  Would dancers acceptable to fundamentalist Christians have been called 

  -- David Phillips


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