Bizarre (from French bizarre=“odd, peculiar") means "strangely unconventional in style or appearance". The adjective bizarre is sometimes used for non-mainstream and/or paraphilic, such as fetishistic, subject matter and media. This usage came into popularity in the mid-20th century and came out of fashion towards the end of the 20th century.

The term bizarre is found in various fetish/BDSM publications (magazines, videos), mainly from the 1940s to 1980s. For a while, it was a kind of code word in the porn industry for fetish/BDSM subject matter and "unusual" paraphilia.

Bizarre (magazine)Edit

F/F spanking art by John Willie, from Bizarre magazine.

Bizarre is also the title of a bondage and fetish magazine published by John Willie between 1946 and 1959. As a bondage artist, John Willie is best known for his character Sweet Gwendoline.

John Willie's Bizarre magazine is not to be confused with a modern British lifestyle magazine of the same title that is published since 1997, which is not related to the fetish magazine.


  • Bizarre: The Complete Reprint of John Willie's Bizarre, Vols. 1-26; ISBN 3-8228-9269-6 Taschen. Edited by Eric Kroll.

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