The Dildo Gag Scene:

A Very Special Xena Bondage Remembrance

copyright 2005 by Pat Powers

The stereotypical view of DiD scenes is that they're for wimps. Soft, weak women whom the bad guys easily capture and who are useful to them only as bait to lure the hero into a deathtrap. And who are useful only to the heroes as, erm, love interests. Sex toys. Recreational opportunities.

But the way things actually tend to work out is, the stronger the female lead, the more likely she is to show up in strong bondage scenes. By "strong" we mean, more stringent bondage with more intense perils. Cases in point: Emma Peel of the Avengers, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Sydney on Alias and Wonder Woman, among many others.

Most of all, case in point: Xena Warrior Princess. It took bondage imagery to places most shows dared not go. There was the ships' anchor chain hogtie with rat gag that occurred in one episode, but the one I most fondly remember was the scene with Gabrielle tied in a wrist-ankle tie with a pole under her knees and what appeared to be a dildo gag sticking out of her mouth. Well, it wasn't actually a dildo gag. It just looked a lot like one. Some cannibals had smeared Gabrielle's body with mud and tied her to the pole preparatory to roasting her over an open fire, and the dildo gag was actually a hollow breathing tube allowing her to keep breathing as she cooked (for a time, anyway) thus maximizing freshness.

What you saw if you just tuned into the show and saw the image without putting it in context is a half-naked woman in bondage, smeared with mud, with a big dildo gagging her. I'm sure quite a few people tuned into this scene in the middle of things and went, "What the hell? I can't be seeing what I think I'm seeing!"

Which I think was pretty much what the people who set this scene up had in mind. Damn, I miss this level of ballsiness. Damsel in Distress scenes are not for wimps. They're for action heroines! I don't think anybody, even male sexist pigs, misses the wimpy femmes who couldn't run ten feet without tripping and wore high heels in the woods at night. The action heroines are a lot more fun.