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South City BDSM Club Faces More Obstacles to Opening

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Joe Kriegesmann: "Satan's Master" in his office at The Faciliy
Joe Kriegesmann, a genial fellow despite his nom-de-scene, "Satan's Master," says he just wants to follow the rules. He says he's been trying -- trying to figure out which rules apply to him and how to follow them.

Kriegesmann been working for months to legally open "The Facility," a space in south city for practitioners of BDSM to safely learn and practice techniques. (BDSM refers to bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism or submission and dominance -- it's the consensual, erotic exchange of power and may include restraint, physical discipline or any number of other practices along these lines.)

As we reported back in May, Kriegesmann had hoped to fulfill all his legal obligations to the city in order to have a fully legal and above-board club. He wanted to demystify BDSM.

He'd sought occupancy and business permits. He told us that the club would have strict rules: no sex, no alcohol, no minors, and discretion and consent were to be of maximum importance. At the time, mayoral spokeswoman Kara Bowlin told us that as far as she knew, Kriegesmann was operating lawfully.

Earlier this month, Kriegesmann was optimistic, telling us that "the city is starting to encourage me." He said he'd gotten permits from the city for three events in July.

Yesterday, he testified before a city panel who had questions about his space. The Post-Dispatch reports that Alderman Craig Schmid, who oversees the district the club is in, said "Ostensibly, the application is for educational seminars. But I cannot reasonably ignore what is the actual use of the facilities."

Back in May, Schmid told us his concerns weren't related to kink, but public safety. "I don't deal in speculation," he said back then. "The issue we always have to deal with is health, safety and welfare."

Yesterday's hearing didn't yield any concrete results, but the panel should make a decision in the next week or so. We'll keep you posted.

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corsets
corsets

BDSM actions can often take place during a specific period of time agreed to by both parties, referred to as "play", "a scene" or "a session". Parties involved usually derive pleasure from this, even though many of the practices that are performed, such as inflicting pain, humiliation or being restrained would be considered unpleasant under normal circumstances.

eclipse
eclipse

google this guy and you can find older articles about this place, detailing sex and other things at this clubhttp://www.edenfantasys.com/se...

granted the author is showing the place as a positive experiance, but i think it shows exactly what can be expected

Mike
Mike

Craig Schmidt: Go ahead and give the OK to this place. It's not the kind of place in the City where I'll go to get a blow job. That place is down on North Broadway. Or if I want more than that, I'll go to Club Baths. Or if I want a night of it, I'll go the Larry Flynts backroom theater. This is a place I can go and wear tight clothing to show off my cock, get "painlessly" beaten with a whip, feel up a few dicks or titties....and have a good time. No sex.

Dom_of_pain
Dom_of_pain

So it was ok you had sex with everyone else but one eh?  If you were truly forced (which I truly doubt) that's Rape and can be dealt with. 

brenda
brenda

I have been to the facility, I have played at the facility and yes, we get totally nude, yes, I have been on my back as several people have had me at the same time and yes, SatansMaster knows all about it. He was the one that wanted me to in the first place. I left because I was made to have sex in the dungeon with someone I did not want to.

Guest
Guest

Seriously, you expect anyone remotely involved in the lifestyle to believe no nudity is going to happen.....what we do when we play/scene by it's very nature is very sexual and without clothing. Last time I checked Fire Play with clothing is a big No No but maybe this guy has no true clue.

brenda
brenda

I am now 19, I was 18 at the time. I was told to keep my mouth shut and if you know this person you would to. I moved and won't be back. if you are "the" dom of pain" from fetlife.com then you know what I am talking about.

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