TES is a not-for-profit organization located in NYC which promotes sexual liberation for all adults. Especially for people who enjoy consensual BDSM. The group was founded in 1971 by Pat Bond.
TES, The Eulenspiegel Society, exists to provide for the unfettered exchange of ideas, education, and mutual support among like-minded people in a welcoming, judgment-free, and confidential space. We raise awareness of healthy BDSM/Kink/Fetish/Leather communities and practices.
We envision a world that accepts the consensual expression and exploration of adult sexuality including dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, sadism & masochism, fetishism, cross-dressing, polyamory, leather, and kink, in which TES:
- Teaches and nurtures the healthy expression of sexual diversity and provides high-quality education and forums for discourse
- Inspires a large membership in raising awareness and organizing fun instructive and social events
- Hosts the most prestigious annual educational sex positive event on the East Coast
- Creates and operates The TES Center in the heart of NYC where our community and all like-minded individuals are welcome to practice and learn, together.
HOW DID TES GET ITS NAME?
The Eulenspiegel Society (TES) was founded by Pat Bond and a group of masochists back in 1971. They enjoyed, and felt a connection with a a certain character from German Folklore named “Till Eulenspiegel”. Part of their inspiration came from the following excerpt from Theodore Reik’s Masochism in Modern Man:
German folklore tells many tales of the peculiar behavior of the foolish yet clever lad Till Eulenspiegel. This rogue used to feel dejected on his wanderings whenever he walked downhill striding easily, but he seemed very cheerful when he had to climb uphill laboriously. His explanation of his behavior was that in going downhill he could not help thinking of the effort and toil involved in climbing the next hill. While engaged in the toil of climbing he anticipated and enjoyed in his imagination the approach of his downhill stroll.
One feels tempted to see in such strange behavior a paradox reminiscent of masochism, an expression of worldly wisdom. It sounds like a reminder to keep one’s chin up in hardships and worries and not to become presumptuous in times of ease and comfort.
Willfully and obstinately the masochist opposes his own rhythm to that which rules all our lives. He is one measure (or several) ahead or behind in the suspense as well as in the perverse act.
By this detour we again have met that rogue Till Eulenspiegel and his peculiar conduct during his wanderings. When he is leisurely walking downhill he is downcast. When he toils up the hill he is happy. He gladly submits to discomfort, enjoys it, even transforms it into pleasure.
This, however, constitutes the very essence of masochism. The masochist and Till Eulenspiegel obey another rhythm, their own. They do not march in step with us. Perhaps that is because they hear another drummer.
TES was founded by masochists for masochists, and only later became an S/M liberation group.