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What is Leather Bondage?

I think we are all aware by now as to the definition of bondage, but within that, there are various other ‘sub-genres’ which all relate to the same basic idea, but refer to the different ways in which people get their kicks from a bondage relationship. One of the questions I often get asked is “What is leather bondage?” so I would like to set the record straight for you with a little more information.

Leather bondage is a term used by people who have a sexually pleasing response to items or products which are made from leather. These leather products are often used in bondage not only because of their flexibility, but also the chances of them ripping or tearing are very small. Leather is easy to acquire making it one of the most popular materials for bondage items. Faux leather is also often used because it mimics real leather but is often vegan-friendly, or just less expensive.

There is a complete leather subculture involved in the widespread use of this delicious material and it is one which denotes certain practices and ways of dressing which are generally organized around various sexual activities. Wearing leather items of clothing is one way that people who enjoy this subculture distinguish themselves from other sexual cultures and the use of leather sex toys, restraints and gags are also common. Many people associate the use of leather with Bondage and Discipline, but for others, the wearing of black leather clothing can express a heightened sense of masculinity or sexual power. There is also the association with a love of motorcycles and independence.

Most people would connect a sexual desire for leather items as something of a fetish. A true fetishist can only become sexually aroused when using the said item, whereas people who enjoy leather bondage do not necessarily need to have leather in order to get turned on. If it is a true fetish, then that isn’t a problem either and you are certainly not alone! There are many hundreds of thousands of people out there with a fetish for leather and latex and many use these materials in connection with their bondage play.

Some examples of items using leather, latex, and PVC are cuffs, belts or neck bands. There are also special items of leather and wet look bondage clothing available, for example, skirts, trousers or corsets, as well as various types of apparatus for use in BDSM role play which can also be used when enjoying bondage.

A slightly more extreme example of a leather sex toy is a full head leather hood. Very often these are designed in such a way that the wearer can keep their identity a secret, (which is ideal if you are visiting a BDSM club for the first time and are unsure as to who you may ‘bump’ into!) But don’t worry they do have small holes at the nose to allow for breathing! This is part of another subculture which we will go into more detail about another time.  

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