The lure of the dominatrix
is like that of the mythological creatures known as sirens. Beguiling
victims with their beauty and strength, the dominatrix transforms
her victim as though it has been killed, bones crushed, skin
shriveled -- only to be reborn worthy of her presence. The Goddess
Athena has assembled her own cast of beautiful bewitching Sirens.
She has been gracious enough to let us in to her world, a world
of magic, mystery, and mythology. A place only a goddess like
Athena could inhabit.
I am joined by the Goddess Athena, originator of Sirens, a San Francisco-based
collective of professional dominants. I'd like to begin with your background
and how you came to the BD/SM scene. .
Athena: I got into the scene because I
was trapped in an awful marriage. It began on-line where I was approached
by three men who were desperate to be dominated. I went into a channel
that said, "Red Tom looking for young goddess." Coincidentally,
I used the name 'Goddess' on-line because my real name is Athena. After
that, they started following me around the web. It was sort of annoying
but I wasn't going to change my online name. After awhile I became somewhat
excited about the whole thing and it became a lot of fun. I began seeking
out all the channels, and I ended up with Gore. It's basically an alternate
reality where men rule and females are all slaves. I thought it would
be fun establishing myself as a female dominant powerhouse in an all-male
dominant channel. I did that. After about two months, I actually started
having men in the channel say, "Oh, you're a male sub? Go to Athena."
I thought that was quite a compliment.
How did you transition
into a professional dominatrix?
That was kind of easy. I found
a real-life slave on-line. We established a relationship on-line
and then finally met in-person. He was quite knowledgeable about
the scene and he recognized me for what I was -- a dominant.
I thought, 'This is my chance to really learn a lot right away.'
Within a half a year or so after I collared him, I found that
I really liked the lifestyle and I went pro to learn more, to
be exposed to all these fetishes, all these fantasies, all these
eager people who already know what they need and what they want.
And I just kind of soak it all up. (laughs)
Was this here in San
I started in Mountain View
at Backdrop. It was a good start for me, but it had a
strong male essence. I'm extraordinarily feminine so it wasn't
a very good match. It gave me the chance to learn without any
pressure, learn without being too exposed. I became more assertive,
more powerful, more flamboyant as I grew more confident.
I went to your website
and found it very informative. One of things that intrigued
me personally was your use of semi-hypnosis and power
of suggestion. Yet it was interesting to read that you
want your partners to be fully conscious. Can you tell
me more about this?
I want them to be fully aware that
they're giving themselves over to me. I'm not into forced scenes.
The hypnosis comes from my love of vampirism. Like in old movies
where you see these men falling in thrall with women. I see the
Vampiress as the ultimate dominatrix. She's seductive,
she's powerful, and she's irresistible (laughs). How does
she do that? She does it through the use of her voice, the use
of her body, and the use of her eyes. She stalks in an almost
predatory way where she hardly says anything. It's as though
she were giving off a vibration and luring from afar. This is
something I've practiced. I call it projection. It's extending
your aura and projecting it away from your body. When you walk
in a room, a fun little trick to do is see how many people you
can get to look up. I also teach people breathing techniques
in session, as well. Sometimes I actually steal their breath.
I come close to them and I [makes inhaling sound] take
their breath from them. And then I give it back from my own body
and push it into their body, so they're being emptied and then
they're being filled by me. Penetration, without sex,
is something I love. The biting and nail pressure where you get
that feeling of danger and possible penetration. It's very arousing.
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