A Dominatrix in the Country

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When writer Melissa Febos’ book came out (which some of you got to hear her read at last month’s monthly Rumpus), she found a reason to shed the long sleeves and expose her tattoos to the college classes she taught. Her book revealed her heroine-addicted, professional dominatrix past, and the year it was published was in her words, “the most terrifying and liberating year of my life.”

A year later she accepted a position at a college in upstate New York with her girlfriend and pit bull and upon the first day of her move, “remembered how much easier it is being the person you think other people want you to be.” Read about her Brooklyn to country transition.


Sam Riley is the Editorial Assistant at the Rumpus. Also, a humor enthusiast and science supporter. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA. More from this author →