Using straitjackets for BDSM play - here's what you need to know

For BDSM'ers into straitjackets

Much like stocks, a straitjacket is a symbol of another era that has found its home in BDSM. They're wonderfully restrictive in a way that almost nothing else is, and they can give a sensation of full-body-binding that's as comforting as it is restrictive. Their aesthetics are also appealing to many BDSM fans, associated as they are with an intense power dynamic and a total loss of control in just about every way imaginable. They're often not cheap, but they're available for purchase from many BDSM retailers and most are adjustable to fit a wide range of body types and sizes.

 What is a straitjacket?

A straitjacket is a garment made of strong material with long arms that can be wrapped around the body and secured, keeping the person inside restricted and unable to use their arms. It is often associated with psychiatric patients as it used to be used to prevent violent mental patients from hurting themselves or others.

How do you use a straitjacket?

Straitjackets are a simple piece of BDSM equipment. The submissive wears it, and the dominant tightens the straps. It leaves the submissive unable to move their upper body at all making it an easy-to-use item for bondage play."

Are straitjackets safe to use?

As long as the person restrained is watched at all times, straitjackets are safe to use. The person using a straitjacket can be vulnerable to falling as they can’t use their hands to break a fall, so any dominant should make sure they won’t be able to slip or fall if in an upright position. "

Why is it called a straitjacket?

The word ‘strait’ means narrow or confined. A person inside a jacket of this kind is confined in a way that narrows their body, and that is why it’s called a straitjacket.

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