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THE SUBCULTURES OF BDSM IN “AMERICAN HORROR STORY”

Jan 19,2024 | HCBD

In the world of BDSM, there's a fascinating subculture centered around latex and leather. In the TV series American Horror Story, latex and leather elements often feature prominently. The unexpected but intriguing connection between BDSM and horror might be due to the uncontrollable and thrilling nature of BDSM activities, making them alluring additions to horror narratives.

 

Today, I would like to walk you through few of the epoxides from American Horror Story that are addressed deeply on BDSM. If you are also interested in something to kill time or simply curious how the BDSM culture be brought to the bigger scene, please keep on reading. 

Since its debut in 2011, American Horror Story has become one of the most popular shows under the Fox. What sets American Horror Story apart is that its horror isn't crafted out of thin air; instead, it draws inspiration from a plethora of real-world terrifying events. The first season, centered around the Murder House, was based on the real-life story of the infamous 112 Ocean Avenue in New York, the site of a well-known murder-suicide case that has inspired numerous horror films and shows.

 

But the question of whether it's truly a haunted house or if the people involved had ulterior motives remains one of the biggest mysteries in American history. It's a debate that continues to this day: Was it genuine supernatural phenomena or the result of malicious intent?

In the 1st season's "Murder House", the show combined these real-life events with BDSM elements. The latex and leather elements were particularly evident in the season's promotional materials, with its striking red background and latex-clad figures. Characters with strong BDSM undertones often appeared as the most dangerous and mysterious, embodying themes of sensuality, desire, and elusiveness.

The character known as the "Rubber Man" symbolizes the sin of lust from the seven deadly sins, and the female lead gave birth to a demonic child with this enigmatic figure.

The 3rd season, “Coven”, drew inspiration from the real-life Salem witch trials of 1692 in American history.

The 4th season, "Freak Show", is set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, capturing the fascination with freak shows that swept through America during that era.

The 6th season, "Roanoke", is presented as a documentary-style interview program called “My Roanoke Nightmare.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Horror_Story:_Roanoke

The 7th season, “Cult”,  explores the theme of cults and religious extremism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Horror_Story:_Cult

The 8th season, "Apocalypse", expands the story to a global scale, with the core element being the apocalypse, a concept derived from the Bible and closely tied to religious themes. The apocalyptic scenario in American Horror Story results from nuclear devastation, depicting a post-apocalyptic world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Horror_Story:_Apocalypse

In recent years, the demand for bunkers and shelters among global elites has been rapidly increasing. These are not fictional; they are real-world preparations for various apocalyptic scenarios.

 

The 8th season's story revolves around the survivors who hold the fate of humanity in their hands within these shelters. The shelters have strict class divisions, with purple representing the "elite class," gray representing the "labor class," and the management class dressed in black, wielding the power to make life-or-death decisions and enforce strict rules, including "unauthorized sexual activities." Punishments for rule violations involve whipping, but it's noticed that some rule-breakers surprisingly seem to enjoy the punishment.

Out of all the seasons, the 11th season, "American Horror Story: NYC", features the strongest BDSM elements. Unlike previous seasons that left viewers deeply disturbed, this season doesn't have the usual supernatural horror elements or monstrous symbolism. Instead, it focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and the spread of a deadly disease. 

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