Kinky Film Review: Secretary

Tainted Innocence By Tainted Innocence, 9th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1vcrlj.l/
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A review and personal opinion on the film Secretary.

The Secretary

For those who have not watched this film then the main storyline of the secretary is that Lee, a young woman in her early twenties, is just released from a mental hospital (for self harm) and she soon gets a job as a secretary in a local law firm. She soon falls in love with her boss, Mr. Grey, because he administrated several spankings for having type writing errors. In this relationship Mr. Grey also controls what Lee had for her tea after work, 4 green peas, a spoon of creamed potatoes and as much ice cream as she wanted. The film ends with them being together in a light bdsm relationship.

Fact File:

~ The two main characters in the secretary are: Lee Holloway (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Mr. Grey (played by James Spader).
~ It was released in September 2002.
~ The film has received 17 nominations since it’s release.
~ Shot in USA.

There are three things from bdsm that are clearly out lined in this film, these being power play (bondage & discipline), dominance & submission and spanking (sadism & masochism).

The first branch of bdsm is Bondage & Discipline, even though there is only a small amount of bondage involved in this movie (at the end, Lee's honeymoon) the Secretary shows discipline. There are two mains aspects of discipline used in this film, physical and mental. The physical aspect is the spanking of Lee by Mr. Grey and the mental aspect is Mr. Grey telling Lee what she can have for her dinner - 1 scoop of creamed potatoes, 4 green peas and as much ice cream as she wanted.

The second part of bdsm is Dominance & Submission, this is usually shorted to dom & sub. In this film it is clearly shown between Lee Holloway (as the submissive) and Mr. Grey (being dominant). Mr. Grey never seriously hurts Lee in the film but this behavior could still be seen as absurd to others. - Click here to learn more about dominance & submission. -

The third aspect of bdsm is Sadism & Masochism, this is basically where pain is inflicted to the masochist and the pain is being inflicted by the Sadist. In the Secretary it is shown in the form of spankings, which also ties into discipline. Lee is administrated spankings from Mr. Grey in the shape of a punishment but Lee takes pleasure from the spankings, this is significant for Lee as she stops harming herself after the spankings.

Unlike other films that try to show bdsm and related themes the Secretary does not try to argue that bdsm is something that is good for you and at the same time does not draw any unneeded humor towards bdsm.

This film is very good at showing the side from the Masochist (Lee) rather than the Sadist (Mr. Grey) as there are many films that show the sadist side, like "9 1/2 Weeks" and "The Training Of O" for example. This shows that the Masochist gets as much (if not more) sexual pleasure from receiving pain as the Sadist inflicting pain.

At the very end Lee stares into the camera, I would think the main point of this would be to ask the person watching the Secretary “I am very happy & content with my relationship and my life, are you?” as many people would be judgmental on her for being in a bdsm relationship.

I would rate this as a good film to watch but beware of letting children watching it as Lee is naked near the end.

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Bdsm, Dominance, Film, James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Movie, Secretary, Spanking, Submission

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Hey there, I'm Angus and I like writing, drawing and music. I will mostly be writing about my favourite hobby, self bondage. At the moment I am trying to focus on my blog "The Green Peps".

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th May 2011 (#)

Thanks for this film review of The Secretary, I have not heard of this movie.

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author avatar Anguisette_
24th Jun 2014 (#)

You seem to be quite focused on the mental aspect of Grey's dominance (like his control over her food choices even when they are not physically in the same room)
There is so much going on here at a deeper level and one of the things that makes this film terrific in terms of BDSM is that all the action is CONSENTUAL, but there is still an incredible amount of tension and even self-doubt/self loathing until the characters accept what they want as ok even if it is not generally embraced by society.

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