The spread eagle is the position in which a person has their arms outstretched and legs apart, figuratively resembling an eagle with wings spread. It is a style that appears in nature and geometry. In human style it is represented by the letter "X". A spreadeagle is a common position in various fields, it is used in dance routines at the conclusion, in figure skating and at the beginning of sky diving. The spread eagle may be a sex position in which one partner lies on their back facing up or lying facing down with arms and legs spread wide apart; when the partner is lying face down, it is a variation of the doggy style position, when they are lying face up it is a variation of the missionary position. Another variation is for the receiving partner's legs to be closed, the penetrating partner's to be wide apart; this variation is said to be better for stimulating the G-spot and the prostate gland and is sometimes called the peace sign position. The face up versions of the position are popular for erotic massage.
Another variation is to have a vertical spread eagle. These positions are classic ingredients in sexual roleplay; the spread eagle position is employed as a bondage position in BDSM play, sometimes upside down. A standing or hanging position can be achieved using equipment such as a Saint Andrew's Cross or spreader bars but can be achieved with ropes or chains attached to different endpoints; as a humiliation technique it is popular for forcing the subject to display their genitals and to provide unhindered access to the crotch and sometimes anal region for sexual play and torture. Limb restraint
In BDSM, edgeplay is a subjective term for activity that may challenge the conventional S. S. C. Scheme. Edgeplay may involve the consequences of potential short- or long-term harm or death, exemplified by activities such as breathplay, fire play, knife play, fear play, temperature play, wax play and gunplay, as well as the potential increased risk of disease seroconverting when the risk of bodily fluid exchange is present, such as with cutting, bloodplay, or barebacking; the mindset of those involved constitutes what is edgeplay because knowledge of or experience with the activity or partner may dictate what and to what extent they will act. The propriety for more dangerous or taboo-themed activities varies by individual, due to differences in moralities as well as trust between participants and experience; the only consistent rule of edgeplay is that activities must not be coercive, deceitful, or injurious without prior agreement or knowledge. This does exclude how others may react to the outcome of the activity if they go beyond what can be handled by the partners.
In the mid-1990s, the Living in Leather convention did not have discussion on ageplay, salirophilia or scat because, at the time, they were considered too extreme for consensual activity. By 2000, some considered them to be within the scope of edgeplay. Consent Erotic electrostimulation Genital torture Predicament bondage Limits Newmahr, Staci.. Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism and Intimacy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-22285-0 Article in Informed Consent BDSM Dictionary Education section on various Edgeplay techniques
In the context of consensual BDSM, a forced orgasm is a form of orgasm control, whereby the active partner sexually stimulates the consenting partner until involuntary orgasm is achieved, with the consenting partner being unable to control the onset and intensity of orgasm. The consenting partner would be put in physical restraints to increase the feeling of helplessness, deprive him or her of the ability to control their orgasm. Forced orgasms may be induced with manual stimulation of the genitals, or the use of a vibrator a wand vibrator. Medical research shows that the genital reflex is regulated by the spinal cord, is not under conscious control; the practice of forced orgasm may be combined with orgasm denial, edging, or ruined orgasms. Erotic sexual denial Involuntary orgasm
Suspension bondage is a form of sexual bondage where a bound person is hung from one or more overhead suspension points. Suspension bondage is considered to carry a higher risk than other forms of sexual bondage. In partial suspension the person is bound in a way that part of their body weight is held by suspension ropes, cables or chains; the classic partial suspension position is to have the person balancing on one foot with part of their weight supported through a chest harness and the other leg pulled up in some direction. A person lying on their upper back with legs tied upwards to a suspension point to pull their lower back off the ground would qualify as partial suspension. In full suspension the person is supported by suspension ropes, cables or chains, they have no contact with the ground; the position of the person's body in a full suspension is only limited by their endurance and the skill of the binder. The main effect of suspension bondage is to create a heightened sense of vulnerability and inescapability, as the subject is made to feel that by attempting to free themselves they may fall and hurt themselves, thus creating a form of mental bondage in addition to the physical one that holds them.
Being suspended in a large open space creates a sense of objectification and erotic helplessness for the subject, which can be erotically stimulating for them and for those observing them. Rope suspension is sometimes done as performance art at BDSM conventions and fetish-themed nightclubs. Suspension can alternatively create a sense of liberation in that one can "fly" around the room, some styles of rigging are optimal for the suspendee to have control over their spin rate, body position, general activities. Trance-like states are common, resulting alternatively or from the sensations of'anti-gravity", the heightened awareness of one's body, the sacrifice of one's natural physical strengths; the three main suspension positions are vertical and inverted. This involves the person being lifted from the ground by their wrists; this is achieved by use of rope or by special suspension cuffs. When using rope, extreme damage can be caused to the soft tissues of the wrists, as well as reducing circulation, so being suspended by ropes can only be achieved for a short period of time.
In fiction and movies a person may be pictured hanging from metal cuffs or handcuffs. This is possible, although painful and will leave deep marks in the wrists; the safest and "most comfortable" method of suspension by the wrists is to use suspension cuffs as they are designed to spread the weight around the wrist as much as possible. An alternative method of vertical suspension is to use a bondage rope harness. With the ropes tied around the body and in particular around the upper arms close to the shoulders as well as around the upper leg and through the groin, it is possible to suspend a person with ropes attached to these areas similar to the way a parachute is attached to a person. In this position the arms and legs may be left to hang free, as the person would have great difficulty getting free without assistance; this position has the subject bound in a horizontal position, sometimes face up but face down. The body is lifted into this position either by attaching bondage equipment to the wrists and ankles, or to other areas of the body, or a mixture of both, with the subject's weight born by these areas.
The ankles or wrists kept apart by a spreader bar. In case of the wrists and ankles ropes or suspension cuffs can be used; when the body itself is used to suspend the person, they may first be tied into a conventional bondage position such as a hogtie or ball tie by attaching ropes or chains to ropes under areas of the body able to take weight the person is lifted into the air. A variation on this position is to secure the wrists to either the spreader bar or to a securing point between their ankles forming a hogtie, resulting in what is called a suspension bow. In this position, if the subject is a female and facing down, her breasts would be pointing straight down depending on the strictness of the position, nipple clamps and weights can be added for painful stimulation; the clamps may alternatively be secured to a point on the floor, limiting the subject's ability to struggle or move at all without causing pain. Being suspended upside down can be a hard position to maintain as a result of the position causing the blood to rush to the head.
This means that this position cannot be maintained for any length of time and can lead to the person blacking out. To be suspended in this position, ropes or suspension cuffs are used to lift the person into the air by their ankles. Unlike when a person is suspended by their wrists, rope suspension around the ankles can be maintained for much longer as the ankle region is able to take far more weight and stress than the wrists; this is so if boots are used as the ropes can run around the outside surface of the boot thus protecting the skin from damage. The person may be suspended with their legs together, or held apart either by using a spreader bar or by securing the ankles to two separate locations. With the legs held in this position, the subject may have an increased sense of vulnerability as their genital region would be accessible; the danger most associated with suspension bondage and above the usual risks inherent in bondage, is falling. Inverted positions are hazardous in this regard since a head-first fall of only a few inches can kill or paralyze a person.
Less obvious dangers include nerve compressio
A dominatrix, is a woman who takes the dominant role in BDSM activities. A dominatrix might be of any sexual orientation, but her orientation does not limit the genders of her submissive partners; the role of a dominatrix may not involve physical pain toward the submissive. A dominatrix is a paid professional as the term dominatrix is little-used within the non-professional BDSM scene; the term domme is a coined pseudo-French female variation of the slang dom. The use of domme, dom, or dominant by any woman in a dominant role is chosen by personal preference and the conventions of the local BDSM scene; the term mistress or dominant mistress is sometimes used. Female dominance, female domination or femdom refer to BDSM activities in which the dominant partner is female; as fetish culture is becoming more prevalent in Western media, depictions of dominatrices in film and television have become more common. Dominatrix is the feminine form of the Latin dominator, a ruler or lord, was used in a non-sexual sense.
Its use in English dates back to at least 1561. Its earliest recorded use in the prevalent modern sense, as a female dominant in S&M, dates to 1961, it was coined to describe a woman who provides punishment-for-pay as one of the case studies within Bruce Roger's pulp paperback The Bizarre Lovemakers. The term was taken up shortly after by the Myron Kosloff title Dominatrix in 1968, entered more popular mainstream knowledge following the 1976 film Dominatrix Without Mercy. Although the term dominatrix was not used, the classic example in literature of the female dominant-male submissive relationship is portrayed in the 1870 novella Venus in Furs by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; the term masochism was derived from the author's name by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in the latter's 1886 forensic study Psychopathia Sexualis. The history of the dominatrix is argued to date back to rituals of the Goddess Inanna, in ancient Mesopotamia. Ancient cuneiform texts consisting of "Hymns to Inanna" have been cited as examples of the archetype of powerful, sexual female displaying dominating behaviors and forcing Gods and men into submission to her.
Archaeologist and historian Anne O. Nomis notes that Inanna's rituals included cross-dressing of cult personnel, rituals "imbued with pain and ecstasy, bringing about initiation and journeys of altered consciousness; as far back as the 1590s, flagellation within an erotic setting is recorded. The profession features in erotic prints of the era, such as the British Museum mezzotint "The Cully Flaug'd", in accounts of forbidden books which record the flogging schools and the activities practised. Within the 18th century, female "Birch Disciplinarians" advertised their services in a book masked as a collection of lectures or theatrical plays, entitled "Fashionable Lectures"; this included the names of 57 women, some actresses and courtesans, who catered to birch discipline fantasies, keeping a room with rods and cat o' nine tails, charging their clients a Guinea for a "lecture". The 19th century is characterised by what historian Anne O. Nomis characterises as the "Golden Age of the Governess".
No fewer than twenty establishments were documented as having existed by the 1840s, supported by flagellation practices and known as "Houses of Discipline" distinct from brothels. Amongst the well-known "dominatrix governesses" were Mrs Chalmers, Mrs Noyeau, the late Mrs Jones of Hertford Street and London Street, the late Mrs Theresa Berkley, Bessy Burgess of York Square and Mrs Pyree of Burton Cres; the most famous of these Governess "female flagellants" was Theresa Berkley, who operated her establishment on Charlotte Street in the central London district of Marylebone. She is recorded to have used implements such as whips and birches, to chastise and punish her male clients, as well as the Berkley Horse, a specially designed flogging machine, a pulley suspension system for lifting them off the floor; such historical use of corporal punishment and suspension, in a setting of domination roleplay, connects closely to the practices of modern-day professional dominatrices. The "bizarre style" of leather catsuits, tail whips, latex rubber only came about in the 20th century within commercial fetish photography, taken up by dominatrices.
Within the mid-20th century, dominatrices operated in a discreet and underground manner, which has made them difficult to trace within the historical record. A few photographs still exist of the women who ran their domination businesses in London, New York, The Hague and Hamburg's Herbertstraße, predominantly in sepia and black-and-white photographs, scans from magazine articles, copied and re-copied. Amongst these were Miss Doreen of London, acquainted with John Sutcliffe of AtomAge fame, whose clients included Britain's top politicians and businessmen. In New York, the dominatrix Anne Laurence was known within the underground circle of acquaintances during the 1950s, with Monique Von Cleef arriving in the early 1960s, hitting national headlines when her home was raided by police detectives on 22 December 1965. Von Cleef went on to set up her "House of Pain" in The Hague in the 1970s, which became one of the world capitals for dominatrices with visiting lawyers, ambas
Fear play is any sexual activity involving the use of fear to create sexual arousal. Unlike masochistic tendencies, fear play does not offer the subject pleasure or arousal through a rush of endorphins, but rather a terrified mental state which triggers a release of adrenaline; some have likened its role to that of horror movies, in providing a harmless outlet in which to feel frightened. Fear play is considered edge play, a category of BDSM-related activities with high physical or psychological risk. While Limits are set out in sexplay, they may be pushed or ignored in some edge play scenes to heighten sexual arousal as the subject becomes excited by the feeling of helplessness. Asphyxiation and castration play are common within edge play sub-sections of BDSM; some types of fear play may take advantage such as abandonment or humiliation. Others are more physically based. Medical play, knife play, or kidnappings may include a psychological aspect of fear, but it may be the physical activity that causes the emotion
Medical fetishism refers to a number of sexual fetishes involving objects, practices and situations of a medical or clinical nature. In sexual roleplay a hospital or medical scene involves the sex partners assuming the roles of doctors, nurses and patients to act out specific or general medical fetishes. Medical fantasy is a genre in pornography, though the fantasy may not involve pornography or sexual activity. Medical fetishism may involve sexual attraction to respiratory therapy involving oxygen via nasal cannula or any sort of masks, medical practitioners, medical uniforms, hospital gowns, intimate examinations, diapering, injections, medical devices, dental objects, medical restraints, medical gags; some people eroticize about intimate examinations as part of a medical fetish, as such are a common service offered by professional dominants. An intimate examination can form part of a scene in medical play where the nurse or doctor inflicts one or more embarrassing and humiliating quasi-medical procedures on the patient.
Frozen or heated objects are introduced to the patient's body to simulate the uncomfortable sensations that can occur during a real examination. Examinations may include an examination and intrusion of the anus, urethra, or vagina, as well as handling and twisting of the penis, testicles and nipples. Quite strap on play is incorporated, as this can heighten the intimacy, the sensations of the patient; this may be a prelude to administration of an enema. Before examination, the patient can be placed in physical restraints and gagged, wear some form of embarrassing clothing. Temperature taking fetish is a sexual fetish for rectal thermometers; this may include the sexual attraction to the equipment, environments or scenarios/situations. Sexual arousal from the desire to take another's temperature or have one's temperature taken is what surrounds the fetish. While rectal temperature taking is more prominent, there is an interest in oral temperature taking. Anesthesia fetishism is a sexual fetish for anesthesia.
This may include the sexual attraction to the equipment, substances, environments or situations. Sexual arousal from the desire to administer anesthesia, or the sexual desire for oneself to be anesthetized are two forms in which an individual may exist as an arbiter of the fetish. Older-style anesthesia masks of black rubber, still in occasional use today, are one of the more common elements fetishized, have earned the nickname Black Beauty by many fetishists. Anesthesia fetish is considered edgeplay when realised outside the boundaries of fantasy, may result in various degrees of harm, or death. Fantasies are elaborated by the viewing of images and reading of stories of anesthetic inductions. Edgeplay may involve obtaining and scening with various anesthesia-related paraphernalia—usually anesthesia masks for breathplay, the acquisition of anesthetics for anesthetizing others or being anesthetized oneself, the occupation of a medical setting or environment for the same practice; some anesthesia fetishists who seek to be anesthetized may feign or induce medical conditions in an attempt to obtain general anesthesia from medical personnel.
This is considered safer than playing with anesthetic agents outside of a medical setting, but may be an abuse of all concerned. The Internet has enabled people with this rare paraphilia to discuss the subject and exchange anesthesia-related multimedia. Playing doctor Paraphilia Amputation fetishism Klismaphilia List of fictional nurses Gary L. Albrecht, "Encyclopedia of disability, Volume 2", Sage Publications, 2006, ISBN 0-7619-2565-1, p. 1437 Midori, "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink Educational, And Entertaining Essays", Daedalus Publishing, 2005, ISBN 1-881943-22-4, p. 211