Review: Midori’s Expert Guide to Sensual Bondage

If you’re interested in trying bondage for the first time, but have trouble even tying a square knot correctly (like me), you’d be relieved to know that you don’t have to become a Master Rope Rigger to do bondage. Midori’s Expert Guide to Sensual Bondage, from Babeland.com, is a wonderfully put-together introduction to simple and sexy bondage.

The people behind the DVD are stellar. It’s directed by Tristan Taormino, so you already know it’s going to be pretty sweet, and it’s written and hosted by Midori: internationally acclaimed sexpert, author, performer, and workshop instructor.

Introduction

Midori has a very calm & elegant demeanor; at times her voice or gestures seem contrived, but then she’s used to working live, not on camera. She goes over some basic dos and don’ts: like communication, safe-words and other safety issues, and why people might find bondage hot. Some tips I’d already encountered in any BDSM beginner’s book or workshop, but others are very specific and useful, and I probably wouldn’t have thought of them myself. Examples: where on the body is ok to bind, and bondage tools you don’t have to spend a fortune on, like stockings, bathrobe sashes, scarves, and belts. (Why didn’t think of that?) She also goes over the typical leather cuffs and handcuffs.

The Lesson

Next up is a demo/lesson, featuring Adrianna Nicole and Mark Davis. Midori is present to instruct them, with Adrianna and Mark throwing in the occasional question. Midori begins with some tips on how to best set up the bedroom; using bungee cords and the Under the Bed restraint system as attachment points, and scarves and leather cuffs to demonstrate the actual bondage. They run through a bunch of different positions and combinations: with the scarves, they tie Adrianna’s hands together, tie her wrists to her ankles, create a “sex-sling” with three scarves, and lots of other fun things. They also do a good job of showing how four cuffs and a couple of metal snaps can result in lots of different positions.

I’ve been very interested in learning more about bondage, and I’ve perused a few books and attended a rope bondage workshop once. I found hands-on experience to be the most helpful, but written instructions and even pictures to be woefully inadequate. I guess I’m just a very visual learner. So actually seeing Mark and Midori move Adrianna into different positions was very helpful to me.

After this scene, Midori departs in order to let the porn ensue. Her voice narrates the two sex scenes, giving useful little tips, but you also have the option of a narration-less version in the “special features” section.

Adrianna & Mark

I’m not really a fan of either of these actors. I find Mark Davis kind of boring, and I really want to love Adrianna Nicole because she performs so well, but I just don’t find her that attractive, and like before, I found her grunty/wheezy sex noises annoying. However, together the two had a very hot, playful dynamic and they were clearly very familiar with each other – I wondered if they had been a couple at one point. At the very least they must have performed together before.

Anyway, this scene is pretty hot, but also doubles up as a great instructional scene. It incorporates as many positions and different kinds of restraints as it can: the Under the Bed restraints & leather cuffs, a sex sling set, and leather bondage belts.

This scene contains a bunch of things I absolutely love:

– LOTS OF PUSSY EATING. Shots of Mark flickering his tongue over Adrianna’s clit, getting her pussy all wet and swollen and pink? I find blowjob scenes really boring, but I love watching women getting eaten out. Why don’t they have eating-out in every porn scene?! My world has been changed forever.

– Mark simultaneously fingering Adrianna’s pussy and ass while she’s face-down-ass-up, and then briefly rimming her. Oh yes.

– Mark coming all over Adrianna’s pussy.

Madison Young & Danny Wylde

OH MY GOD. This is possibly the best scene I have ever seen. I want to watch it over and over again. I love it. Hell, I would have sex with it if I could.

Where do I even begin? Okay, first off, both of these performers are so hot that I almost came from simply watching them make out. With all their clothes on and everything. (Madison Young was wearting the best cat-eye glasses.) Danny pushes Madison around and she responds in kind (“It’s your pussy, Sir!”), but he also constantly checks in with her and sometimes narrates what he’s doing; which is both arousing and an example of good communication. This isn’t a straight-up maledom/femsub scene; they switch in the middle, with Danny blindfolded and Madison teasing him.

This scene doesn’t show off as much bondage versatility. At one point the scene devolves into more of a D/s scene, with no bondage happening at all. However, you do get to see a doorjamb restraint set in action, a cuff used as makeshift cock bondage, some creative use of neck-ties, and a scarf turned into a harness which holds a Hitachi against Madison’s clit.

I think it’s time for another list:

– Madison’s enthusiastic blowjob-giving. Seriously. I said that I usually think blowjobs are boring; she was sointo it that I couldn’t be bored.

– Madison sitting on Danny’s face.

– Danny spanking & playing with Madison’s ass while she’s restrained, and demanding that she stick it out further.

– Madison’s SCREAMING ORGASM. SRSLY

My one complaint about this DVD? No femdom. The instructional scene is completely maledom/femsub. Sure, Madison tops Danny for a little bit, but it still looked like she was servicing him.

When I first got interested in domination, I naively assumed that femdom/malesub was just as common as… any other configuration, but sadly the DVDs I’ve watched so far have lead me to believe that it isn’t. Either that, or femdom/malesub just isn’t represented as much in more “mainstream” porn titles like this one, which is also disappointing.

In any case, if you’re a bondage expert you might not find this DVD very useful… but if you have even a smidgen of interest in BDSM/bondage, you’ll probably enjoy it.