Whiplr Review - If you’re bored with the vanilla types you’re meeting on Tinder and you’d prefer to get your freak on with a full time bondage monster, you can now make it happen on your smart phone.

Whiplr Review: Is Whiplr really a kinky Tinder?


Enter Whiplr: call it a kinky Tinder or Grindr, it's another app that’s designed to bring people together based on their sexual preferences and proximity to each other. Only this time it's for kinksters. Users can decide to keep the contact online, or get their hands dirty in the real world using filters, location and preferences to sift through the profiles.
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It goes without saying that this particular mainstream foray into the BDSM lifestyle is riding high on the Fifty Shades tidal wave—unfortunately you won’t find any reference to Whiplr without a subsequent nod to that unmentionable book-and-movie combo. Once you've signed up and added a picture, you are prompted to select a few kinks to get the ball rolling. For anyone with sadomasochistic dating site history these are going to come across as mind-bendingly vague. I the Whiplr Review we found that you can’t advertise your love of cock and ball torture, rimming or bastinado, but you can tell your new fetish friends that  "fashion," "accessories" and "sounds" get you hot. Maybe it’s left open-ended as a conversation starter, but you’d never get this pussyfooting around at FetLife.

Once you spot a potential play partner, getting their attention on Whiplr is easy. You can connect with them in private using the messaging service, chat on a video link or call each other. If you just want to test the water before making a play, Whiplr has little tacky animated icons called Sparks, which you can send. These are like tiny representations of a fetish, so fire them off liberally to show what areas of the lifestyle you enjoy. It's a bit of a throwback to the poke—that obscure Facebook feature that you probably haven't used in a decade.

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Trust comes first


Everything is done within the safety of Whiplr, so if you’re not sure about giving away your details, but you like the idea of a little kinky flirting session, you can go for it. If you've used Tinder as a matchmaker in the past and are slightly concerned about Whiplr linking out to your public profiles in the same way, don’t worry. This is a very secure app with a solid privacy policy, only you decide how much information to give away.

As our Whiplr Review shows right now there are plenty of profiles and the place seems to be buzzing with life, but most people seem to be either curious or looking for a cute and cuddly version of BDSM. Only time will tell if this app develops into something that is taken on board by the S&M community; but Whiplr’s blandness and never-ending rules aren't likely to work in its favour.

On its face, Whiplr is painfully vanilla


If you’re used to showing off your latest ties, strapon or whatever else, you’ll have to clean up your act to be accepted at Whiplr. They have very strict rules about what they’ll allow on profiles The guidelines state that ‘Whiplr does not allow any explicit pics, period’. No breasts, bums or pubic hair—even implied nudity will get your picture removed from the app. There is a big list of other sins which are practically compulsory on other bondage dating sites, but could result in a person being banned on Whiplr. Bad language, see though clothing, or talking about sex in a public profile is all off-limits, and this is stuff Plenty of Fish regulars take for granted.

In terms of design, Whiplr is fantastic to look at: its unusual hexagon shapes seem to maximise the utility of a touch screen device. Inside each shape is a different option depending on where you have navigated to, this is not ideal if you like scrolling, but it adds a certain artistic flair.

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Whiplr is free to download from the App Store or Google play for Android users. However, it has now branched out into the more hardcore Dekadom, a payable service that charges members $19.95 each month, but promises access to far more extreme fetish lovers. The cynical amongst you might assume this in–app purchase is just a way for the developers to monetise what is initially a free service. Dekadom users get unlimited usage and profile views, a classic lure used by kinky dating sites to bag themselves more paying customers.

Whiplr Review final words: Whiplr looks slick, and aside from the odd crashes, it’s a very coherent platform with plenty of ways to chat with the contacts you meet. However, one can’t help wondering why a company that wants to promote BDSM activity between consenting adults would be clutching their pearls in horror when faced with ‘implied nudity’, or ‘sexually explicit references’. It keeps the place unthreatening and comfortably conventional, but it’s unlikely to impress anyone who enjoyed sadomasochistic play time before they saw Fifty Shades.




 

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