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The Suspension Accident: It Finally Happened...

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Kinksters talk quite a bit about the inherent risk of bondage and other kinky play. They learn the proper procedure, to mitigate that risk — but rarely do you hear about the stark reality that no matter what precautions you take or how safe you play, people can still get hurt.


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Contributor: Scootah

The part that really bugs me about this story isn't that the knot slipped. That shit happens. It shouldn't lead to a fall, a sensible rigger should build enough redundancy into their tie that a single human error doesn't send someone to hospital. But people make mistakes. I'm not sure how such an experienced rigger, in the full light of sobriety makes that big a mistake - but shit, it's forgivable.

The part that really bugs me is this 'dancing off the stage' business. Because the accounts from people other than Midori, it sounds an awful lot like she tried to save the show. Like she tried to scoop up the dropped bottom and waltz it away like it wasn't anything for the audience to worry about.

That bugs the fuck out of me. And not just because it's stupid, and ignores the risk inherent in moving someone after a fall like that without even checking to see if they have a back or neck injury. It seems a hell of a lot like salvaging the performance was your first impulse, and the well being of the person you were performing with was an afterthought. And that's not something that I'd see as being terribly forgivable.

I acknowledge that haters gonna hate. The internet is full of that. But frankly, I don't think I'm even a little bit of a hater. I really like Midori's published works. I've spoken well of them to a lot of people and I've always regretted that I never got to see her workshops. My friends who have speak very well of them and I've recommended them on that basis to people who were considering going. But I'd have a bloody hard time letting anyone who's priorities are more about the performance than their partners safety play unsupervised at any event I was responsible for.

Contributor: Sunshine Love
Sunshine Love  

One thing I'm seeing is that people are viewing this in two distinctly different ways: play versus performance.

The person who was injured repeatedly referred to herself as a bottom, playing in scene. But this wasn't play. It wasn't a scene. It was a paid performance by two supposed professionals in a public venue - not a scene between friendly amateurs at a sex club, private home or dungeon. As such, different sets of best practices and obligations apply.

If this were any other sort of live performance, the fellow performers would not be the ones expected to do the medical assist off stage. Why is that the expectation for Midori? Is it a reasonable expectation?

I feel that judging a paid performer based on play party standards is inappropriate and it leads me to wonder if ANY riggers who perform for pay bother to have spotters on hand for their performances or if they just rely on their skills to handle everything on their own if the rope hits the floor. If so, that's kind of crazy and is something that should perhaps be discussed.

What -is- standard best practice for kinky paid performers regarding having a backup team of sorts? Whose job is it to get injured performers off stage? I've never heard of ANY other kind of event where their co-performers were expected to do so.

Technical mistake aside, I think Midori reacted professionally within the context of the event whereas the language of the injured performer's testimony seems more like a reaction to a personal scene gone wrong, which simply isn't the case.

Contributor: Hebari

Apparently it was a quick trip back to the drawing board

Contributor: badk1tty

I agree completely with Scootah.

Contributor: Teacookie

where does it say the knot slipped? =/

Contributor: Teacookie

wait a minute. Scootah your comment on the dancing off stage is ill informed. do you even know how people react to a situation like this? Dancing off stage was the best thing she could of done. Else there whould of been alot of yelling and a crowd of pointless are you okay do you need help quick let me crap which would of made matters worst. Also as a preformer of any type of art, you take on a responsibility for not only your safety and your co workers but the crowd and that inculdes keeping them out of the show and away from the participants. -__-

We where not there we do not know how she fell so can not judge if it was a bad idea to move her. She checked her movements. From experince if you break something can't move it, go figure. The other option would of been to kick all of the audience out of the room while waiting for medical help. Hysteria of a large group is annoying. Also since she was conscious which means she was able to help make the decsions. Then I also want to point out the military training. I am trained for NA, CPR and first aid response, I respect military training. So unless you have medical training as well, do not put down others actions that are directed by their training.