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Shawna Kenney’s Dominatrix Memoir Gets TV Deal With Vince Vaughn, FX

Writer and former Safari Club promoter Shawna Kenney’s book I Was a Teenage Dominatrix is being adapted for television by Fox’s FX network, New York magazine reports. Kenney's memoir tells about how she went from quiet punk kid who published her own photocopied No Scene Zine to a professional dominatrix, after "flipping through the sleazy ads” in the august pages of this very journal and answering one that read "Get paid to be a bitch." Her job with a for-hire S&M service helped her pay the bills as a student at AU, and introduced her to a whole new wardrobe and sense of confidence:

I couldn’t believe that just a month before I was avoiding bill collectors’ calls and now I was walking out the door nightly with at least $300 in my hand—and for what?! Spanking some man who felt he needed it? Why hadn’t I learned this sooner? I was the star of these men’s fantasies, and I was the the dominatrix and I was in charge—not them. The ruler, the queen, the BOSS. My favorite role!

Kenney was a guest on my radio show a year ago, and described some of her more memorable encounters, including some with unnamed politicians (in the S&M profession, and especially in D.C., discretion is a must). You can listen to the full interview here.

Vince Vaughn is producing. No word yet if he plays one of Kenney’s anonymous politico clients (Melliot Mitzer? Rick Rheney?). Kenney is also the author of Imposters and is completing a new book, Live at the Safari Club.

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