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Why The Addams Family Gets BDSM Right

Wyatt Otero November 2, 2016 November 2nd, 2016

It’s gonna take a while for the BDSM world to recover from their depiction in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The film successfully turns an abusive relationship into a twisted kink, justified under the title of BDSM, but without actually representing its true nature. It’s a fantasy that many call dangerous, and an idea of feminism, that many feminists reject.

But what we tend to forget, is that “50 Shades” wasn’t BDSM’s first round in the pop-culture ring. In fact another film in particular perfectly represents the idea of the love-style, and the irony here…

Its a family film.

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Right away, let’s take a look at the family. Just try to think of any other fictional husband and wife in popular culture that hold such a mutual respect and tenderness for each other. This is a Dick Van Dyke Show level of closeness, but so much cooler.

This on-screen relationship was revolutionary, but it took time before it really came to fruition.

“The Addams Family” Movie was based on both the original comic series by Charles Addams and the cheesy 1960’s TV show that came out of it. Many scenes in the film are ripped directly from the two source materials. Dumping a pot of steaming liquid on Christmas carolers for example, is directly from an original strip. Or cutting off the heads of all the roses, that’s right from the show.

But what the movie does best, is perfectly illustrate (in the 90’s) the relationship that the show could only manage to hint at (in the 60’s.) Of course, the dynamic was always there, but the show had to cater to the audiences of the day. An audience that wants to see a woman hold herself in high regard as some man slobbers over her.

But not a man and woman, both holding themselves in high regard, as they slobber over each other. 

Although they did do their best to sneak it in:

In the colorful ninety’s however, “The Addams Family” movie has more freedom to explore what was there from the beginning: a clear case of a mutual, respectful, BDSM lifestyle.

Here’s the first time we hear Morticia speak in the film, and she’s talking to her husband:

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What makes 90’s Morticia so cool is that she is just as unhinged, just as flirtatious, and just as intense as Gomez. Maybe even more.

It’s very apparent in the dialogue. While most films of the time wrote categorical lines for women, Morticia constantly forces the audience to stop and listen to what she has to say before the plot moves forward. And it’s her who confronts Fester to initiate the climax, only to be taken to the famous torture room…where she enjoys every minute.

In fact, in the original series, she refers to the torture chamber as “the playroom.”

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The franchise has always capitalized on the fantastic relationship between the two, but it’s evident right away that they aren’t cutting corners here. It isn’t just some fake horror trope of theirs, it’s a real intimate connection, and one that pushes boundaries in a time when it wasn’t always talked about.

Remember that although this isn’t the 60’s, it is 1991, and that’s a very different world than 2016.

If were gonna take lessons in BDSM from anyone, it’s gonna be from the most powerful couple ever to take the sexual reigns of popular culture:

Morticia and Gomez.

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Source: OffBeatHome

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