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Guide to BDSM: GLOSSARY

Guide to BDSM: GLOSSARY

Before you dive into the world of BDSM play, it is important to become familiar with all of the terms and some of the bondage accessories that you will encounter. This glossary of terms is intended to help you navigate through your kinky journey with a quick guide to what you need to know.

 

B

A ball gag is a BDSM accessory that fits in the mouth in order to restrict the wearer (the submissive) from speaking. Ball gags can be used as a form a power play in order to intensify the feeling of submission for the wearer.


Featuring restraint systems that discreetly attach to any size bed, bedroom bondage kits also include additional complementary accessories such as a blindfold, whip, nipple clamps and more to enhance kinky encounters.


By blocking vision, blindfolds can intensify the feeling of touch and other physical sensations. All senses are enhanced when sight is removed, plus it can create a feeling of helplessness that heightens excitement for the wearer.


Providing complete coverage of the face, bondage hoods can be made out of a variety of materials, including leather, cotton, latex or rubber. Bondage hoods are typically used to elevate excitement through anonymity of the wearer.


As an accessory to use for restraining a partner, bondage rope can be tied into firmly gripping knots to secure a partner in a variety of positions. Bondage rope play enthusiasts also experiment with beautiful, unique knot tying as well as suspension.


Perfect for beginners, bondage tape can be used as a restraint all over the body. This affordably priced BDSM accessory is also reusable to allow users to really get the most bang out of their buck. Bondage tape sticks to itself and not the skin for ease of use.


 

C

Similar to a Bondage tape is designed to restrict blood flow to the clitoris in order to enhance the sensation. The real pleasure is felt when there is a release from the constriction, which allows for blood flow again normally.


Whether for puppy play — where one partner takes on the role of that of a dog — or for an enhanced dominant experience, a collar is placed around the neck of the submissive for torture or to test their loyalty. The attached leash offers the ultimate control.


Available in a variety of materials such as leather, metal or soft silk, restraint cuffs can be as restrictive as you are comfortable with. Cuffs can be used to secure wrists and ankles and place a submissive in different kinky positions.


 

F

Used to enhance sensation, a feather tickler provides a sensual sensation that can be used to tease and torture. With its soft and titillating feel, it’s up to the user whether they want to use this intimate accessory to enhance foreplay or sensual torture.


As a version of a whip, a flogger has multiple strands that enhance the sensation of its whack. A flogger also has a handle for the user to hold onto comfortably. Floggers are available in an array of materials, which can affect the way that they feel against the skin.


 

M

Used for exploring sensory deprivation play, masks are often incorporated into bondage play to enhance the senses while exploring the pleasure of pain. Masks are worn over the face; primarily covering the eyes while bondage hoods can be worn to feel more bound.


 

N

Used for nipple play, clamps and suckers come in an array of styles that pinch, squeeze and suck to stimulate this already extremely sensitive part of the body. Nipple clamps come in different styles that apply pressure through different closures that are often adjustable.


 

S

A sex swing is used a harness to support the weight of a partner during sexual intercourse. Sex swing systems sometimes require their own frame or can attach to a door. By lifting and supporting their weight, couples can experience sex in positions that aren’t typically available to them comfortably.


To give a firm spanking, a paddle can be used to deliver a hard whack on the butt with its flat surface that evenly spreads out the sensation. Paddles can be made of different materials, and can be lined with materials such as leather or softer fabric.


 

W

Available in leather, metal, soft silk or other materials, wrist and ankle restraints can have different kinds of closures such as buckles or Velcro, or attach simply by tying. With wrists and ankles restrained, couples can explore dominant and submissive fantasies.


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