Suspension bondage
Crash and Burn
with Madame Butterfly

Friday, Nov 19, 2010

How do you know you will survive a suspension intact? People have gotten hurt in suspension, some of them quite badly.

Each suspension is different as is each rigger and each victim (er, bottom) Every person suspends differently and every bottom has different physical attributes. Since I cannot tell you exactly what will be needed each and every time I can only point out some things to watch for. Suspension is very edgy play, whenever you bring gravity into the mix things happen and they happen fast. We will be looking at trying to think ahead to avoid nerve damage and other injuries.

When to cut the ropes? or not to cut? What might be and might not be a safe “hard point”?

About the Presenter:

BIO- Madame Butterfly has been playing with string for decades. As a spinner, knitter and weaver, the jump to tying up people with one string at a time was very easy. She has been hanging people from the ceiling for 6 years and using her fiber skills Madame Butterfly makes and sells handspun custom silk and bamboo bondage ropes and is now making metallic ropes for use with Violet Wands.

Madame Butterfly will have some of her handcrafted ropes available for sale.

Program Meeting Info

? Programs are on the third Friday of the month at the Women’s Building in San Francisco (3543 – 18th Street at Valencia) [map]
? All women (and those whose gender self-identity is other than male) who are over 18 are welcome.
? We have sign language interpreters at all of our meetings.
? Door fees are $4 for members and $10 for non-members. Please have your membership card or ID ready to speed entry.
? The program runs from 8:00 – 10:00pm and the doors open at 7:30pm.

Directions to The Women’s Building

Public Transit
BART: The Women’s Building is close to 16th street BART. Special note: one side-effect of gentrification in the Mission is that there are a lot of people on the streets between The Women’s Building and the BART station – all nice safe people going to one of the many new local restaurants. You’ll probably feel safe walking the few blocks from 16th Mission BART and The Women’s Building.

The 22 Fillmore runs down 16th Street. Get off at 16th & Valencia and walk two blocks to The Women’s Building.
The 14 Mission runs along Mission Street. Get off at 17th or 18th and walk 1-1/2 blocks to TWB.

Driving Directions
Driving from Marin County –
Take the Golden Gate Bridge (101 South) to Lombard Street.
Turn right on Gough (if you get to Van Ness, you went 2 blocks too far).
Take Gough all the way to Market Street. Stay in the center lane.
Turn right onto Market, then a quick left onto Valencia.
Go to 18th Street and look for parking, or continue to 21st for the parking garage. (For fewer hills but more stop lights: from Lombard Street, turn right onto Van Ness instead of Gough, and follow the directions above.)

Parking Garage
Street parking is difficult in this neighborhood. There is an inexpensive locked parking garage available on 21st St. between Valencia and Mission and 16th and on Hoff St between Mission and Valencia.