Thornhill dominatrix publishes memoir

Terri-Jean Bedford continues to fight to change prostitution laws


Published:

Terri-Jean Bedford, otherwise known as dominatrix Madame DeSade, has written a memoir that reveals the details of the police raid on her “Bondage Bungalow” in Thornhill. As she explains in Dominatrix on Trial: Bedford vs. Canada, it was this event that sparked her legal fight to have prostitution laws decriminalized. “It’s my life story,” Bedford said. “A big part of the book is my journey through the justice system.”

According to her book, Bedford suffered abuse during her unstable childhood, which led her to the “elite world of professional domination,” including a house on Thornridge Drive set up to facilitate bondage, role play and domination. After the police raid on Bondage Bungalow in 1994, Bedford challenged the constitution. As a result, Ontario Supreme Court’s Justice Susan Himel ruled that provisions in the Criminal Code concerning prostitution were unconstitutional. The ruling has since been appealed by the federal government, with a decision set for this fall.

“Women are going missing,” Bedford said. “If the government refuses to change its position … it’s going to get worse if we continue to perpetuate the devaluation and stigmatization of these women.”

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Daily Planet: Whatever happened to hand-me-downs?

Daily Planet: Whatever happened to hand-me-downs?

How did “throw away,” “disposable” and “planned obsolescence” become part of product design and marketing?
Posted 4 days ago
Stintz on Midtown: Condo crunch heads uptown

Stintz on Midtown: Condo crunch heads uptown

A controversial new development proposed at a north Toronto site backing onto a park has neighbours organizing and ready for a fight.
Posted 5 days ago
3 risk-taking Torontonians who followed their dreams around the world

3 risk-taking Torontonians who followed their dreams around the world

We all dream of dropping everything to pursue our passions. As part of our Daring Series, Post City chatted to the Torontonians who actually did. Find out why they think you should too #PostCityDaring.
Posted 6 days ago
Richmond Hill Town Council split on future of William Neal House

Richmond Hill Town Council split on future of William Neal House

Over the past six years, the William Neal House has seen several different owners, at least two demolition applications and a flood remediation. Now a new application to demolish the home, known as the William Neal House, was submitted on Nov. 14, 2017 by the current owner, the Mansouri Group, which intends to build a Chrysler dealership on the subject lands.
Posted 7 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module