Speaking of Tit Torture
Simon Sheppard, QSyndicate.com
Most of us like to have our nipples played with. But some of us like our
nips to be played with hard. "I'm mostly not into pain," says one eager
tit torturee. "But the sensation of a sadist working over my nipples sends
me right over the brink - really gets me off."
A guy's tits can be both tender and tough. As is the case with all pain
play, hardwiring matters; some men (and their mammaries) can take rougher
stimulation than others. Much rougher. Many a brave bottom takes as much
as he can and then just a little bit more. An obliging top will give it to
Plenty of things can make nipples sting and sing, and some of them - fingers
and mouths - come as standard bodily equipment. Just plain digits can be
fiendishly effective, whether twisting, pinching, pulling, or attacking with
fingernails. A mouth, meanwhile, can dole out both agony and ecstasy,
alternating nibbles and bites with licking and sucking. "I just love," says
the aforementioned torturee, " to have some dude bite down on my tit, twist
it with his teeth, then suck hard."
If a top would rather keep his mouth and hands occupied elsewhere, tit
clamps can serve as a sadistic stand-in. Clamps need not be fancy; even
plain spring-action wooden clothespins will do the job. (And, as an added
plus, clothespins are readily available when you bring a trick over to your
mom's house.) But clamps can also be fancy; the ever-inventive Edisons of
sex gear have come up with a panoply of tit toys. Narrow clamps, like
alligator clips, concentrate the pinch nastily. Other clamps are broader,
sometimes even padded, and therefore more bearable during extended play.
Many top-of-the-line clamps have adjustable levels of squeeze. And most
pairs of clamps are connected by chains, which can be tugged on for extra
sensation; some pervs even hang light weights from them. More unusual tit
toys take the form of claws, a hangman's noose, or screw-down wooden stocks.
And one gizmo places a tight rubber ring around the nipple, temporarily
shutting off blood flow and causing numbness, until removal brings on
Ah yes, pain. Whatever sort is used, clamps that have been on for a while
will hurt like fuck when they come off. "I love to warn a bottomboy that I'm
going to pull a clothespin off, then have him count backwards from five,"
one sadist confides. "It builds up the tension, though sometimes I surprise
a boy and remove the thing at 'three' or 'two,' before he's braced."
Of course, tit clamps aren't the only way to make nips stand up and take
notice. Those into hot-wax play find the nipples a terrific target for drips
of molten candle, second only to the dick and balls in sensitivity. Hot!
And then there are piercings. Play piercers temporarily slide narrow-gauge
needles shallowly under the skin; while the piercings can be done most
anywhere on the body, willing nipples provide an especially inviting,
pain-prone target. (Note well, though, that any play that breaks the skin
requires excellent technique and careful infection control - the low supply
of blood to the nipples makes for slowish healing and a highish probability
of infection.) Permanently pierced nipples provide hardware to tug on, hang
weights from, or otherwise twist and tug. But not everybody's tit rings can
take strenuous play. "My nipple piercings can get irritated really easily,"
says one piercee, "so when someone starts doing chin-ups on my nipple rings,
I tell them to back off."
And how much does "hurt" hurt? Carefully applied pain can prompt a flood of
endorphins, the body's natural opiates. So it's up for grabs how much
so-called "torture" is really just a quest for a natural high. But be it
pain, pleasure, or both, tit torture can be one of the most exciting things
to happen to a chest.
Simon Sheppard is the co-editor of Rough Stuff: Tales of Gay Men, Sex, and Power (Alyson Books)
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