My aunt, my dad’s sister, wanted to have a relationship with me, so she became my godmother when I got baptized. She knew I loved movies so, as my godmother, she would take me to the cinema and she always let me choose. One of those movies was Working Girl. This was 1988, my freshman year in high school. No one seemed to think it was odd that a 15-year-old boy would want to see a romantic comedy about women in the business world.
It was an R rated movie, but at the time I wasn’t sure why. Watching the movie with my aunt at 15, I didn’t know why the film had received an R rating. Later, I saw the movie again and I recognized a strange phenomenon. When my aunt would take me to movies as a kid, I simply did not see any sex, nudity or drug use. I just sort of blocked it out. Case in point, when I saw Working Girl with my aunt, I somehow missed Melanie Griffith vacuuming topless.
However, after seeing the movie on cable, the image of a half naked Melanie Griffith vacuuming became indelibly burned in my mind. I’m not sure why this scene stood out above so many others. I have to imagine it was the context. The fact that the nudity didn’t feel sexual or presentational. It seemed so unselfconscious.
When I was in my early 20s in the mid 90s, I became a service submissive. One of the first things my dominant assigned me to do was vacuum her floors naked. Serving dominant women while naked is one of my favorite things. Under the circumstances, vacuuming the floor went from a mundane activity to an intensely erotic experience.
Fast forward to the early 2000s: I was engaged to my college sweetheart and I made a real run at being monogamous. However, as a kinky, poly, nudist, negotiating monogamy was not my strong suit. I imagine for vanilla, monogamous people, the line between fidelity and infidelity is pretty hard and bright. For a former service submissive, not so much. I asked my girlfriend, much to her dismay, if she would consider it cheating if I were to vacuum a dominant woman’s floor naked. For that matter, would she consider it cheating if I vacuumed a dominant woman’s floor with clothes on. It may seem odd, but these were important questions for me.
That brings us up to this morning. My wife woke me up to tell me that our friend and my Sex Positive St. Louis co-founder, Kendra Holliday was on the way over for a visit. After chatting with us for a few minutes, Kendra got up and announced that she was going to undress and start vacuuming. “What?” I was confused. My wife then said something to the effect of, “I told you, Kendra volunteered to vacuum the house naked.” Um… I pretty sure that’s the sort of thing I would have remembered, but okay.
As Kendra was working, I told her the Working Girl story. I said, “For twenty years, when I jerked off thinking about a woman vacuuming, it was Melanie Griffith, but from now on it will be you.”