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Bonding

The BDSM-focused Netflix show is a win for tolerance and a loss for drama.

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If you are a glutton for punishment, you might want to check out Netflix's show Bonding. The off-beat romantic comedy follows the adventures of Tiff, a psychology grad student who moonlights as a dominatrix, and her newfound assistant Carter as they navigate the ups and downs of New York City's BDSM scene.

The show is not devoid of charm. It's often funny and occasionally touching. Still, Bonding can't help but beat viewers over the head with its message, making the show painfully cartoonish at times.

Our protagonist Tiff is supposed to prove, contra your stereotypes, that one can be both a diligent academic and a successful sex worker. That's fine. But the heavy-handed show demonstrates this by depicting her studying flash cards labeled "sexism" or "misogyny" while decked out in her dominatrix gear.

That a sadomasochistic-themed rom-com exists at all is noteworthy. However hokey, Bonding is a good illustration of society's increasing acceptance of alternative lifestyles. The fetishes it portrays attract little of the shame or stigma in real life that they once did. Collisions between the hero's seamy side gigs and her vanilla life cause more confusion than scandal. That's a win for tolerance if a loss for drama.

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  1. …Bonding can’t help but beat viewers over the head with its message, making the show painfully cartoonish at times.

    The N in Netflix doesn’t stand for nuance. In fact, it doesn’t stand for anything because Netflix is a portmanteau not an acronym.

    1. I think Netflix has decided to go for a zillion distinct niche markets rather than try to make anything that appeals to crowds.
      * No need to think about the masses
      * Actors can’t expect big pay for small audiences
      * Small losses for failures
      * Demonstrate their progressive chops because no one else will notice

      1. This is not true. Many Netflix shows get axed because they don’t bring in enough viewers.

        1. I don’t think it’s necessarily true either; but your statement just backs up my theory. Unknown actors, writers, and crew = cheap and no big loss if axed.

      2. There are lots of starving actors who are quite talented that are more than happy to work for Netflix $$ it’s win-win

  2. The Psych majors are always the messed up ones.

  3. The BDSM-focused Netflix show is a win for tolerance and a loss for drama.

    Get woke, go broke.

  4. If you are a glutton for punishment, you might want to check out Netflix’s show Bonding. vote for Kamala, Bernie, Liz, Joe…

    1. Go away, not every article and comment section has to be about politics

  5. Tolerance, eh?

    So we are angling to ad a new letter to the alphabet people? F? A second B?

    LGBTQAIF

    Hey, that’s up to a full quarter of the alphabet!

    But F is too broad. They’ll want to save that for the Furries and break out the rest of the fetishes with their own letters. BDSM can have S. Femdom can have D.

    yeah… i dig where you are going with this. We need more subdivisions and labels for our sexual proclivities. It is important that people properly understand each other for who they really are (in the bedroom).

    1. Bake the leather-bound-slave cake, bigot!

    2. ” It is important that people properly understand each other for who they really are (in the bedroom).”

      In the bedroom we’re not all that different. It’s online where these divisions have erupted and sharpened. I claim that today’s bedroom sex hasn’t changed that much since decades ago,

      1. Bedrooms are much more recent than monkey sex.

  6. “If you are a glutton for punishment, you might want to check out Netflix’s show Bonding.”

    Ouch. So to speak.

    “Our protagonist Tiff is supposed to prove, contra your stereotypes, that one can be both a diligent academic and a successful sex worker.”

    Didn’t the late Richard Feynman already prove that?

    (just a little joke)

  7. “OK, look, we produced a mediocre TV show, but let’s not beat ourselves up over it. Wait, what am I saying? Bring out the whips!”

  8. I tried watching this show a few months ago, but it was boring. The humor was obvious and dull, and I’m not even sure if I finished the first episode.

    1. Any good fapping material?

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  10. If “Netflix” were an adjective, “bonding”, as a title, would be sickeningly so.

  11. Is this the same kind of movie as fifty shades of grey or sth?
    مشاوره قبل ازدواج

    1. Why does it read “premarital counseling” in what I imagine is Arabic?

      1. Or, consulting Google Translate, maybe it’s Persian.

        1. Why am I suddenly getting all these Google ads for His and Hers and Hers and Hers and Hers matching towels?

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