This article was originally posted on 4 September 2014 and was updated on 10 March 2018.
At first sight, gloves would seem to have little to do with fetish. They are a commonly worn item, often used for practicality, rather than being sexual in any sense.
However, gloves have been used in fetish for a long time. Indeed, there are various types of glove associated with particular fetishes.
Long opera gloves are one kind that seem to be particularly popular with fetishists. These satin gloves cover most of the arm. Sometimes they can be fashioned from other materials, such as leather or PVC.
Another type associated with fetish are leather gloves. These gloves, perhaps when they are studded, are associated with power and domination. Finally, some fetishists even have an interest in woollen gloves. But this is quite an obscure fetish!
Why are gloves associated with fetish and power-play? Firstly, they obscure part of the body. The hands are frequently used in an expressive sense, but the glove hides them and gives them a sense of power.
Secondly, they are sensual in themselves. We usually consider the hands to be one of the regions of the body that can give sexual pleasure in many ways. The sensation of the hand, encased in a glove, can provide even more elaborate sensations.
One glove fetishist that we talked to explained her love for gloves. She said that she was normally a dominant woman, who loved the power over men that wearing long opera gloves gave her.
When she went out in the evening, she wore long, satin, opera gloves and was astonished at the admiring and supplicating looks that she got from men.
However, she saved leather and PVC long gloves for her boyfriend who enjoyed the sensations of being stroked and spanked while she wore them.
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