Bettie Page & The 1950s Fetish

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December 13, 2014 by jayce428

I recently viewed a video on Netflix called ‘Betty Page Reveals All’, and it really got me thinking about this pin-up of the 1950’s. She was featured in many bondage and fetish photography. Really making way for modern fetish magazines – not forgeting that she also featured in fetish films as well.

Sexual boundaries in the 1950’s in the United States were very clearly defined: there was no pre-marital sex, and the path to marriage began with friendship, moved to courtship and “going steady”, and ended with a heterosexual marriage and children. These societal understandings influenced the types of sex education taught in schools beginning in the elementary years.


The 1950s fetish as it’s pretty self-explanatory, a dominant male or female. If the dominant is male it would most likely be the husband being the breadwinner of the family, and the wife or other husband being the domestic housewife type. If the wife is the dominant it’ll probably be like the dominant housewife who controls her husband, in this case the submissive… Pretty simple.

But in some cases the couple will attempt to recreate the decor, in fact it’s lucky for people with the fetish to recreate this lifestyle since the modern decor has taken a turn back to the 1950s, and much of the newer furniture is very similar.



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