Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    A Sisterhood Cult which is actually headed by a sleazy male.

    Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded
    By BARRY MEIEROCT. 17, 2017

    ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.

    To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called — naked photographs or other compromising material and were warned that such “collateral” might be publicly released if the group’s existence were disclosed.

    The women, in their 30s and 40s, belonged to a self-help organization called Nxivm, which is based in Albany and has chapters across the country, Canada and Mexico.

    Sarah Edmondson, one of the participants, said she had been told she would get a small tattoo as part of the initiation. But she was not prepared for what came next.

    Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their “master,” a top Nxivm official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say: “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.”

    A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman’s hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes. For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room.

    • “I wept the whole time,” Ms. Edmondson recalled. “I disassociated out of my body.”

      Since the late 1990s, an estimated 16,000 people have enrolled in courses offered by Nxivm (pronounced Nex-e-um), which it says are designed to bring about greater self-fulfillment by eliminating psychological and emotional barriers. Most participants take some workshops, like the group’s “Executive Success Programs,” and resume their lives. But other people have become drawn more deeply into Nxivm, giving up careers, friends and families to become followers of its leader, Keith Raniere, who is known within the group as “Vanguard". ...
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/...branded-albany.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
     
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  2. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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  3. Hild und hjalmi

    Hild und hjalmi The fantasy-loving singing Valkyrie

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    Really, really creepy. Unbelievable.
     
  4. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    I thought, "Not R Kelly again!" then read the bit about the women being in their 30s and 40s. Guess not.
     
  5. MrRING

    MrRING Justified & Ancient

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    This just showed up in the local paper - literally, this whole article as linked above!
     
  6. dr wu

    dr wu Doctor Prog

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    S and M meets Scientology.
     
  7. AlchoPwn

    AlchoPwn Junior Acolyte

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    Sounds like a perfectly normal Gender studies class to me.
     
  8. catseye

    catseye Generally strange

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    It took 20-30 minutes? Was that in total, or per woman? Because that seems like an awfully long time necessary. When we freeze branded my horse it took seconds, and that was permananent.. so is there any reason (other than pure sadism) that it would need to take so long?

    And now I come to ask the question, I realise I sound a bit weird...
     
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  9. RaM

    RaM Abominable Snowman

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    Reminds me of the scene in Ashes to Ashes were the female detective has her ass stamped
    as a initiation to the squad.
     
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    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    I wondered that too! There must've been some element of ritual there. Maybe she had to appear reluctant and be dragged along to the branding-table, like when the Speaker is symbolically forced to their seat in the House of Commons?
     
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    MrRING Justified & Ancient

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    This story has gotten a little bit weirder, and I really hope it's not true as I thought she was great on TV in Smallville and would hate to see her as another person influenced by the cult.!
    http://www.fortressofsolitude.co.za/smallville-allison-mack-sex-cult/
    There is a video of her talking to the cult leader, but I don't know if this interaction is the basis for this rumor or just the tip of the iceberg.
     
  12. RaM

    RaM Abominable Snowman

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    It says a cauterizing device so maybe they were writing something
    but it's still a hell of a long time. a normal branding only takes seconds
    I used to brand some wooden items and even a deep wood brand would
    only take 20 secs.
     
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    In 2016 half your idols died. In 2017 the other half are revealed as sex pests. Oh happy days.
     
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    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    *nods* Feet of clay.
     
  15. 2295

    2295 Quest for the unbeheld truth!

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    Sounds like typical 'Gang Stalkers' in their recruitment process. Too bad.
     

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