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Monday, February 26, 2018

What's in a name?

Recently I saw a post on “All Things Spanking” advertising the impending arrival of a Canadian-based Dominatrix in NYC. Nothing too unusual about that…..however, I could not suppress a snicker when I read her name: “Mistress Rattan”.  (Damn, I am snickering again just writing this.)

Mistress Rattan of Toronto

“Mistress Rattan”? The only thing better would be if she had an exotic side-kick/apprentice named “Bamboo” and a dog named "Wicker". I looked at her website and her personal profile says she has a great sense of humor........and with a name like that who could argue?  What is it about the sex industry that results in so many ‘themed pseudonyms’? The only time you see more “ironic names” is during Halloween.

My favorites are the Halloween tombstones where the ironic name is linked to the cause of death: Elle E. Vader- fell down a flight of stairs.

And while strippers and porn stars can have some gems, it’s really the Dommes who seem to have taken the practice to its most extreme level. There are Mistresses named: Lila Stern, Madam De Sade Fatale, Goddess Severa, Simone Justice, Elizabeth Payne, Georgia Cane, to name just the ones in NY and LA. 

Mistress Payne

Not since the halcyon days of drag queens with names like “Virginia Hamm” has there been so much fun with names. And it occurred to me: why don’t ALL industries feature such a fun practice? The only great ironic names seem to be accidental:

This is one of those times when you have to ask, "even if the founder's name IS 'Stubbs', might this not be a good time to just name your company 'Acme'?"

But like the old jokes about the law firm, Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe,  how much fun would it be if everyone in every field gave themselves a themed pseudonym? 

"Shropshire Slasher."
"Shropshire Slasher."

Fabric maker, Polly Esther? Undertaker, Doug Plotz? Florist, Rose Thorn? The world is waiting for you. Don't let the Pro Dommes have ALL the fun!


  1. I always get a kick out of names like that. Roller derby has a lot of fun punny names!

    1. I was not aware of that. It doesn't surprise me though. If you know of some real gems, let us know!