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The SF girls of Leather  cute kink and breaking down stereotypes

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"This group is where I belong." The SF girls of Leather (from left): Addison North, Miss Lola Sunshine, Leland, Mari, and Kate
PHOTO BY JEFFERY CROSS

Paying tribute to old protocol is simple. Isadorah boils it down to three simple rules: integrity, honesty, and service to the community. Judged by this metric, she says, anyone who thinks the SFgoL is out of line is just being stubborn. "Whenever something happens in the community that brings change, there will always be someone who is offended," Gaynes says. "You won't know you've created change until you've offended those people. Change is good and should be embraced."

 

LOOKING OUT FOR THE GIRLS

Leland and McKinley agree that there seems to be a buzz of excitement surrounding the SfgoL lately. The group's logo is everywhere, and partnerships are being fostered across the community. Leland has even been asked to serve as a director for the SF Leather Alliance.

But her primary concern is making sure the SFgoL remains a safe, welcoming landing pad for girls who are new to the leather community. And these days, the media is providing all sorts of inspiration for curiosity. Rihanna's song "S&M" speaks directly to sexual play, but even a quick Google search for "girls in leather" retrieves images of celebrities in fetish gear, from Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus in leather leggings to Emma Watson in a full latex suit with collar. In general, our society is opening up to alternative sex and women want in on the action.

But girls who jump in with little research and few friends may not leave with the most positive experiences. The inherent power dynamic associated with BDSM relationships and play can blur the lines between consent and abuse, and Leland says it's important for newbies to have mentors within reach. "Sometimes the person you're playing with may not have your best intentions at heart," she says. "But as an alliance of girls, we can look out for each other."

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