Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ballerina birth control before the pill

The Prentif cavity rim cervical cap

Ballet boots and Prentif: In addition to UDP (a premium service) at the ranch we offer fantasy ballet encounters with our ballet dancers from Central Europe in standard studio, dressing room or salon settings. Or, we will create a custom setting for the encounter if the client can stand the cost. On request the girls will wear some of the older styles of contraceptive barriers and the Prentif cap is a particular favorite of men who want to recreate the 1930s – 1950s milieu right down to the exact contraception that was widely used by dancers in Europe in the years before the pill became available. Ballet boots that button rather than lace up never really caught on, but the nightclubs, especially in Germany and Austria – between the wars - were deep into ballet related fetishes. The Viennese fetish boot (circa 1900), which sported a heel that was actually longer than the sole of the shoe, thus making standing and/or walking impossible was the ancester of the ballet boot. A creative and enteerprising balletgirl shortened the heels of her Viennese fetish boots and a new style was born that only became resurgent again in the 1980s.

Fetish boots and shoes: A client can choose what fetish footwear his partner will wear. Ballet boots are available in ankle, calf, knee or thigh lengths that the client can help her lace up. In addition, for men with a pointe shoe sole design fetish the following makers pointes are available: Freed, Capezio, Bloch, Gamba, Chacott, Grishko, Russian Pointe, Merlet and Schachtner and pointes from other makers can be worn with two weeks advance notice. At her client’s request his partner will wear a particular maker’s shoes and style so the men can admire the sole patterns on their pointes, or even suck on the platforms, while she is on her back with her feet in the air taking his thrusts against the soft thick latex dome of her Prentif..

In the European cabarets where fetish was king between the great wars abortions were common for unplanned pregnancies that resulted from failed barrier contraceptive methods when oil based lubes were routinely used with latex barriers by unsuspecting women which caused frequent failures especially for new users who hadn’t been properly warned. Of course there were also the tricks where a dancer would arrange for her rivals birth control to fail by slipping punctured condoms into the rivals purse or dance bag when it was known she would be entertaining her lover for a quickie and unlikely to be as careful as she should. The recovery time from the physical, and occasionally mental, effects of an abortion guaranteed that the pregnant woman would be off stage for weeks as she regained her strength and confidence giving a rival an opportunity to steal her roles. We still see some of that today with school girls exchanging a rival’s pills with a dummy pack causing her to get her period or knocked up. Of course with Plan B and Mifeprex that sort of thing is quickly resolved today as little more than a minor inconvenience with very little worry.

Soft rubber caps: In the early 1900s there were custom made metal cervical caps of silver or gold, but those were very expensive and rarely used by performers, unless paid for by a wealthy lover. The answer to failed condoms for most women who wanted to control their own fertility was to wear a latex cervical cap that was rugged enough that it wouldn’t fail immediately even if it was used with Vaseline or another petroleum product. That way the woman could check for leaks, apply spermicide and insert in privacy where no one could tamper with her cap. And, if an oil based lube was used the Prentif while beginning to experience damage wouldn’t leak during the encounter nor while providing at least eight hours of protection afterward while her partner’s sperm died in her belly. The soft rubber dome of the Prentif also provides sensation for a man of average size who wants to thrust into his partner’s cervix while providing her with a modest amount of thrust buffering by distributing the energy of his thrusts equally around the walls at the base of the cervix.

Wearing a cavity rim cap dry: Actually, a well fitting Prentif, just like a well fitting Oves cap can be worn ‘dry’, that is w/o spermicide in the dome. Of course that means that if it should dislodge there is no backup contraception, but with a well fitting Prentif or Oves the likelihood of it dislodging is very remote, unless worn during the woman’s period when it could fill with her menstrual flow and ‘float’ off her cervix. A FemCap, the only cap generally available in the U.S. at the moment, can not be safely worn w/o using spermicide in the dome and also in the channel on the outside of the cap at the base of the brim. After a few cycles, when I was sure of its excellent fit, I wore my Prentif dry and have done the same with my Oves caps (once I became confident of their strong suction on my cervix) for more than seven years, that’s ninety-three cycles, with no pregnancy scares. And for someone who is as sexually active as I am that is an amazing tribute to the tiny bit of .25mm thick transparent silicone rubber that keeps me well protected by sucking on my cervix. Occasionally a casual lover will want me to give him one of my Oves caps, but they are not souvenirs. I think they are such an intimate part of me that I burn my old Oves caps along with my dead pointe shoes so that nothing so intimate as my cervical protection is ever given away.

Ballerina’s with children: From the ascendancy of women in classical ballet through the 1940s when personal discipline and sacrifice for the art of classical ballet was expected and enforced – by ballet management – women did not have children and expect to continue as a ballet dancer. Stars as famous as the British ballerina Margot Fonteyn, after an unintended pregnancy and abortion, had her tubes tied and managed to hush it up to continue dancing. Today, ballet dancers, if they are good enough so they are not easily replaced by management, can have children and a career as well. Darcey Bussell (British Royal Ballet retired), Julie Kent (ABT) and Alessandra Ferri (ABT retired) to name a few all had their families in their 30s after their careers as ballet Principals were well established and returned to dancing afterward. Cyd Charisse the lovely long legged MGM ballet dancer was offered the female lead in An American in Paris if she would have an abortion. She refused to abort her son with her husband Tony Martin and Leslie Caron took her place beside Gene Kelly in the 1951 musical. We’ve come a long way baby! Sigh!

1 comment:

  1. I would agree with Ms. Charisse on her baby. If she wanted to have the child and then go through the riggors of getting her body back to her dancing shape, then more power to her. If, like many of your circle, decide to abort, then that's your perogative, too.


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