Hard to Swallow

The debate surrounding choking as a sexual practice

The video includes a disclaimer which begins: "Contains scenes of extremely dangerous acts with possible permanent side-effects, up to, and including death," and ends with "Do NOT attempt any of these acts under any circumstances at any time!" Cohen believes that covers his bases: "Last time I checked unprotected sex was an extremely risky activity, too. We're in the fantasy business just like our legitimate Hollywood counterparts. In this day and age I'm surprised that superheroes are still allowed to scale buildings and fly. What if someone tried doing that?" He's also quick to point out that he only cast women who "enjoyed this behavior in their personal lives." I know three of the four stars of So Low and they indeed do it in their real lives (plus none of them strikes me as stupid, irresponsible, or whacked out on drugs). After shooting, Ariel posted this report on her blog: "I got to choke myself with my belt while I bated with a magic wand . . . it was pretty much the best day of my life. I really like working with this company. They make sure the girls have fun and get off."

Sex is risky in many ways, and many of us like to challenge the limits of our bodies. Everyone I spoke to acknowledged the inherent risk involved in breath play; the BDSM educators say that's the reason they teach people about it. But what about all the non-pervy people who don't have access to such a class? What about an inspired but naive viewer of So Low? There is enough information online—more anti than pro (see autoerotic-asphyxiation.com)—to make a person with common sense stop and think. Perhaps this video will spur more discussion among people in different circles.

Starlet Mika Tan with TightFit CEO Oren Cohen
photo: Courtesy of TightFit Productions
Starlet Mika Tan with TightFit CEO Oren Cohen

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