UCLA Professor Dies During BDSM “Mummification” Game

Doran-George-e1464300730957-280x280Ucla_logoThe death of UCLA Professor Doran George, 48, has shaken the university after he was found dead during a bondage session at the home of a Hollywood executive Skip Chasey.  Chasey is known as Master Skip in the BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance and Submission) community.  George, who insisted on being called by the pronoun “their” rather than “he” or “she”, was found wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth.”  George died in something called the “mummification” sex play.

George, who was born Duncan Gilbert, taught in the UCLA disability studies and LGBT studies programs.  George received a PhD in Culture and Performance, UCLA Department of World Arts and Culture, a MA in Feminist Performance, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and a BA in Experimental Dance, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem, Holland.

George was found in a room made out as a dungeon with  padded floor tiles, a metal cage and a padded examination table for BDSM play.  A “Kinky site” defines mummification as:

“an advanced form of bondage in which a person is partially or fully cocooned in materials such as plastic wrap, a body bag, plaster, bondage tape, duct tape, bandages, pallet wrap, vet wrap or other medical wraps. This process leaves the body completely restricted and immobilized.”

Thus far, there is no finding of the cause of death and Chasey is not yet charged.  The case could raise difficult questions about consensual harm.  It seems likely that this was a consensual sexual encounter and one assumes risks when engaging in something called mummification. However, there is also the question of negligence and the failure to monitor such BDSM play.

There is also an interesting media element to the story.  George appears to have preferred that people use “their” rather than “him” or “her.”Alicia Gaspar de Alba, a UCLA professor,  informed colleagues

“Those of you who had the honor of taking this course or being in one of Doran’s discussion sections know that their heart was as big as their laugh, and that their dedication to social justice was informed by their own queer immigrant experience.”

Publications like the Hollywood Reporter used “he” while others seemed to try to use George without pronouns.

This gray area (indeed 50 Shades of Gray) between criminality and consent is evident in the case involving NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack  who have been accused of running a sex slave cult.   A criminal complaint alleged some women members were ordered to have sex with Raniere, or risk having their nudes released to the public.  That obviously negates consent but there remains a murky line in such cases.

 

67 thoughts on “UCLA Professor Dies During BDSM “Mummification” Game”

  1. Let’s talk curricula, America.

    Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic.

    Demolish the Dept. of Education.

    Annihilate the teachers union.

  2. “George, who was born Duncan Gilbert, taught in the UCLA disability studies and LGBT studies programs. George received a PhD in Culture and Performance, UCLA Department of World Arts and Culture, a MA in Feminist Performance, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, and a BA in Experimental Dance, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem, Holland.”

    I can remember when people would major in stuff like History or Petroleum Engineering. It tells a lot about a school when one bull$h!+ department hires PhDs from another bull$h!+ department in the same university. Can’t the legislature defund all this crap? Oh, wait, UCLA’s in California. Somehow, it all makes sense now.

  3. I can’t believe HE was fleecing students with totally useless university courses for which many of them were no doubt putting themselves deep in debt to attend.

  4. This is sad to hear about, however, these adults should be fully awar of the dangers in “I do what the hekll I want mentally”. Normacy already may just save your life.

  5. queer business exec master skip can negligently homicide his “pal” but if an asian woman gives a regular old construction worker an enhanced groin massage in exchange for a bigger tip, then she can go to prison. how about that for a “Freedom” case?

    how about the fancy pro SM homosexual rights crowd get behind regular people with all their money and hollywood lobbying power for once. oh wait i forgot they have no common sense

  6. its amazing the kinds of crazy stuff the queer movement is into these days.

    on the regular folks side of things, one suspects that legalizing sex work would help avoid the many perils to health and safety that are created by the illegality of the simplest and oldest transaction of humanity. allow licensing and testing and indoor sex work already.

    http://panthernow.com/2014/01/30/the-benefits-of-prostitution/

  7. i wonder if the Puritannical right wingers and the pro-homosexual leftists will please explain why if this sort of dangerous and bizarre sexual shennanigans should be legal, why it should be illegal to maintain clean and licensed brothels for normal heterosexual behavior such as in Nevada is a bad thing? Legalize it! Everywhere!

  8. There seems to be a problem with comments disappearing. I know that one of mine appeared, then disappeared, then reappeared. My original content post simply did not post at all.

    Darren, is it possible to check into this? There seems to be a problem for other people as well.

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