Sexy Issue: Erotica in Philly

Exploring the other side of Philly's kinky side.

By Tara Murtha
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As crazy as it sounds, she says sometimes talking to the wives—and rarely, husbands—works out. Other times, as you might imagine, not so much. It’s not that far-fetched when you think about it. It’s a given that a successful dominatrix has to be cruel to be kind, in the right measure. On a purely practical physical level, responsible doms don’t just beat people with objects willy-nilly; at minimum, they study to learn how the skin reacts to being hit and to avoid accidentally critically hurting clients. They take classes on topics like temporary body modification and bondage techniques, so they don’t accidentally strangle anyone.

It’s fair to say that it’s in a dominatrix’s best interest to be concerned about her clients’ psychological health, too.

Though her services are therapeutic, Thain doesn’t go so far as to call herself a therapist. The Goddess avoids using the term “therapy” because it implies that she has earned board credentials, which she hasn’t—yet. An ex-Penn student who studied mechanical engineering and pre-med curricula, she’s considering pursuing a master’s degree in couples counseling (“that’s what everyone tells me I should do”) but worries that board certification would mean that she couldn’t incorporate kink into the practice and, well, that’s no fun.

Separating and compartmentalizing her twin passions for fetish and helping people wouldn’t make much sense since it’s kinky people she wants to help most in the first place. Besides, being upfront about her lifestyle a personal commandment. The Goddess files 1099s, she posts her pictures all over the Internet. Even her mother knows .

“I have this habit of being obsessively honest. I told her the day I got my tattoo, I told her the day I proposed to my now ex-husband. It took me two days to figure out how to say it because, I mean my mom is Vatican I Catholic,” she says. "She knows not to ask me how my workday went."

When she's not saving marriages, a typical workday for Thain includes clients who come to her for services advertised on her website: “Favorite scenes include lots of rope, clothes pins, temporary body modification, and humiliation.”

Other days, she sees her "corporate clients," businessmen who bring her their paperwork for her to review and tell them they've done a good job. Talk about a collision between reality and fantasy. "My nickname is the Mominatrix," she laughs.

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 04:27AM

“Who is that woman on the cover? She's hott! Is there an article on her?”

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2. J Davidson said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:34AM

“Nice work Heather & Tara !!
I've seen an ATM machine, and no, you mos def do not look like a phreegin' ATM machine.....”

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3. jesselun said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:47AM

“I agree with J...great stories. Heather rocks”

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4. Scott said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 07:45AM

“Heather this a great article. Stop by later and we can celebrate. You rock.”

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5. CandyMayhem said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 09:10AM

“Heather, you are amazing!!!”

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6. D'Arcy said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:46PM

“Heather, you are an absolute goddess! Strong, beautiful and always true to yourself.”

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7. Goddess Thain said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 01:19PM

“Thank you, Tara!
This was a great article! :-)”

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8. Deep C said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 01:59PM

“Heather is the bomb diggity!!!”

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9. OJ said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 02:10PM

“Great article. Probably one of my all-time favorite lines, "Show me a woman who doesn’t want to learn how to twirl tassels with her tits and I will show you a creature with no dreams at all."”

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10. Beth the ninja said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 02:28PM

“That Heather is a hot one!”

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11. Bowman T Bowman said... on Feb 10, 2010 at 08:47PM

“How did we not hear about this issue at Naughty Girl Web before it happened so we could be a part of it!? Somebody dropped the ball. I blame D'Arcy.”

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12. kati kill said... on Feb 11, 2010 at 02:13AM

“love the article, couldn't stop laughing... and im the one quoted at the begining of the story with the boots and atm comment, hehe. The things us girls hear when we dance. Also I was happy that the Dolphin Tavern was mention more people should really go to this place. It's a hidden gem.”

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13. Rick said... on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:36AM


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14. Heather Henderson said... on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:58AM

“The star of the Stripper Rant Podcast”

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15. JohnnyZito said... on Feb 13, 2010 at 09:55AM

“Hells Yes. Need to upgrade this series to Vod Cast :)”

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16. The Pantyhose Prince said... on Feb 13, 2010 at 10:45AM

“Since Heather has no more use for stilleto heels, I was wondering if she would sell them to m.”

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17. PhillyDaddy said... on Feb 22, 2010 at 04:29PM

“I've been attacked by the walking ATM machines more than I can count. I tip them because I'm glad they put their clothes back on. Most can't dance, aren't appealing when naked or dressed. C'mon, saggy tits on a stripper, with Bubba tattoed on her ass. Other than rubbing their tits on my back to get my attention for a tip, they have no personality whatsoever. After paying the outrageous cover, double the rate for a drink and tip everytime a girl comes off stage, the least that I should expect is a decent body to look at on a girl that at least has rythm. I often attend with my GF and they are downright rude to her. Pushing her out of the way with their flat asses to get at my dollar. Change? You should be paying me to come and watch, like you pay the DJ and club owner to be there!”


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