The acronym BDSM is powerful in its ability to convey vivid thoughts and imagery. The practice, being as intimate and sensory-driven as it is, can bring to mind visions of handcuffs, whips, leather, and even the cheesy dialogue of a Fifty Shades book for those who are conservatively exposed to the culture.

In Mercy Mistress, a new semi-autobiographical web series based on the real-life experiences of Yin Q, the world of BDSM is explored with an educational approach in an attempt to demystify the intricacies of the practice, and expunge the social stigma around it. The series follows Mistress Yin (Poppy Liu) and her life as a professional dominatrix in New York City, with each episode centering on a different client and their particular kink. At play is the larger story about Yin’s own sexuality and her emancipation from cyclical abuse and a path toward self-destruction.

Out reached out to Q ahead of the series’ New York premiere to talk about the aspects of BDSM present in Mercy Mistress and, most importantly, to become educated.

 

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New web series ‘Mercy Mistress’ explores the crosswords of BDSM & Asian Femininity by Dennis Hinzmann

OUT – May 16, 2018