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Speaking of Bondage Toys


Simon Sheppard, QSyndicate.com

Some kinds of sex require nothing but a dick or two, while others lend themselves to accessorization. And when it comes to paraphernalia, bondage leads the list. The practitioner of restraint can drop a large bankroll on the bondage gizmos; a head-to-toe leather "sleep sack," for instance - just the thing for full-body immobilization - will set you back at least a grand. But most tops aren't willing to mortgage their homes to obtain a complete set of medieval-looking iron fetters. (A side note here: though the bottom is theoretically the submissive slave of the top, it's the top who's expected to furnish the well-stocked toy bag. Verily, there's no justice in this world.)

So, assuming that a simple coil of rope, versatile though it may be, no longer suits a top's needs, what's worth shopping for?

Not handcuffs. Though they look shiny, sound great ratcheting down, and hang fetchingly from a belt loop, they're dangerous toys for extended bondage. The metal edges can do permanent damage to a bottomboy's wrists, rendering him incapable of Web site design. For short-term special effects, they can be fun, but make sure they're the kind with little latches that prevent the cuffs from clamping all the way down; otherwise, an inadvertent shifting of weight can cause real damage. And make sure you have a spare key in a safe place; those late-night visits to the locksmith can be embarrassing.

It's more practical to get a set of leather restraints, adjustable broad cuffs that fit around the wrists or ankles. The best of them are secure, safe, and comfortable; some of them are even fur-lined - just the ticket for torturing that animal rights activist. They usually buckle closed and have one or more rings attached. A pair of wrist restraints, a bit of rope, or a double-headed clip, and presto, slaveboy's hands are firmly bound behind his back. For the truly devoted, there are premium-priced locking restraints designed for use in mental hospitals; those suckers are inescapable. And for the less-than-maniacal, there are cloth restraints with Velcro closures; what they lose in menace, they make up for in low price and portability.

A set of four restraints and some rope give rise to almost infinite possibilities - sink some screw eyes into a bed frame and it's easy to tie someone down spread-eagle to the ol' Beautyrest. But to add that special finishing touch, there's nothing like a leather collar. You know, those things that look like something Master Spot would make Rover wear. Bondage collars come in a variety of widths, styles, and qualities, so shop around. Remember, the ones with all the spikes may look great, but when it comes to an actual bondage scene, all that metal is of no practical use and may even cause damage. Most collars come with at least a D-ring or two attached, but using collars as part of restrictive bondage isn't a great idea. Pressure on the throat is dangerous as hell, and too much pressure on the Adam's apple makes some guys feel queasy. A nice leash clipped to the collar, though, does the trick for those puppy-training scenes.

Restraints and a collar, simple though they may be, provide a versatile, economical starting point for the pleasant art of bondage. If you're a top, remember to use them gracefully. Fastening down that collar signifies your control over the bottom, so do it with conviction, and make sure you're the one to remove it once the scene is through. And if you're a bottom...well, remember, your Master could always use a new plaything or two, and Christmas is never more than a year away.



Simon Sheppard is the author of Kinkorama: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Perversion



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