Netflix’s new show ‘Bonding’ is being dragged by sex workers

30 April 2019, 15:37 | Updated: 30 April 2019, 15:59

The series was based on the experiences of writer, producer and director Rightor Doyle.

Netflix’s new series Bonding is being criticised by sex workers and viewers for not accurately showing how the dominatrix community actually works. The show hfollows the real-life story of a gay man who becomes a dominatrix’s assistant.

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Mistress May (Zoe Levin) is a student in New York City that acts as a dominatrix in-between her classes. Her BFF Pete (Brendan Scannell) reluctantly keeps her underground life ticking over by becoming her right-hand man and bodyguard whilst she meets clients, all while growing more confident in his own sexuality.

The NSFW series hit Netflix earlier this week, but some members of the dominatrix community are calling the show out for not appearing to have consulted sex workers on the storyline and the accuracy of the script.

A scene from Netflix show Bonding.
A scene from Netflix show Bonding.


Some have said it can be considered problematic to portray sex work in this way.

Others have noted even more issues, including how consent is handled in the series, the lack of ethnic diversity, and the way it has dealt with sexual assault.

Another serious gripe for views is how Netflix has been allowed to have a Twitter account run by the dominatrix character Mistress May, while real-life sex workers have had their accounts removed or restricted.

Nonetheless, some people have actually enjoyed the series and thought it was a refreshing insight into the Domme world.

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