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In A Bind: The Significance of Rope to BDSM

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In A Bind: The Significance of Rope to BDSM

Rope can bring you more fun than you think.

By Emmeline Peaches

When thinking of BDSM the most common phrase that comes to mind might be ‘whips and chains’, but rope holds the crown when it comes to sparking the imagination.

 

Getting Tied Up

Rope allows for one of the most constitutional acts of domination and submission—getting restrained by someone you trust with such an action.

The sheer thought of being somehow restricted (and to submitting to, or being trusted with, such an act) is a thought so intoxicating to many that it’s no wonder it’s a common sexual fantasy.

But, although cuffs and collars are an option, for some people there is nothing that can quite replicate the action of being tied in ropes by someone, and the reasons for this are many.

 

Effectiveness

The most obvious reason for why someone might like rope bondage is effectiveness. A strong piece of rope, well bound, will often be an incredibly effective means of restraining someone. What’s more, the figurative blank slate that a bundle of rope offers means that, unlike hand cuffs or similar devices, rope can pretty much be made to bind someone in any way you desire.

Rope can be handcuffs but it can also be a harness, or a hog tie, or even a full-body suspense system. When tying, a long piece of rope can be a whip, too, and if you add the right accessories rope can also accommodate a ball-gag or strap-on system.

At the end of the day getting such versatility from a relatively affordable (and innocuous) item is just sensible.

 

Safety

Before even making a single rope purchase, there is one essential item that every rope user purchases—medical shears. These specially designed scissors are intended for cutting through materials quickly and safely, even when they’re close against the skin, making them the ideal safety item for use with rope play.

With a pair of safety scissors to hand the inherent risks of rope play are heavily mitigated and both submissive and dominant can be given piece of mind that should anything bad happen everyone involved is protected and capable of acting accordingly.

This isn’t necessarily as easy to ascertain from other forms of bondage. Locks take time to fiddle with, for example, which can lead to panic in bad situations. Ropes don’t have the same issue, as long as you have your scissors to hand.

 

Time & Intimacy

Rope may take longer to effectively restrain someone, but that’s part of the point.

Taking the time to learn about rope together, figure out how best to use it, and then trying to implement it can be fiddly but also a very good way to stop for a while, take your time with intimacy, and bond through a joint activity.

Of course, there are bound to be moments of frustration, humour, and defeat, but there will also be moments of encouragement, respect, and trust. Feeling rope slowly move over your body as your partner starts to manipulate it to best suit your form can also feel amazing.

Having those longer moments to linger on sensation allows for the tactile nature of rope to really shine through, and the point where the knots get tightened in to position…well, we won’t ruin that for you.

 

The Sensations

As mentioned, rope can also provide some brilliant sensations that simply can’t be replicated by other materials or items.

A lot of ropes come in natural fibres, which start of harder and scratch against the skin. But, over time, these ropes begin to soften and you can feel how the efforts of yourself and your partner are paying off as the rope’s sensations change along with your own skill levels and relationship.

It’s almost beautiful when you think about it; rope tells the narrative of the time you’ve spent with it and that narrative is conveyed through how it moves on your skin.

Artificial fibres can also provide their own benefits—they tend to be softer, cheaper, and much easier for beginners to handle. Each variation in material offers, with it, a new sensation to experience and no two ropes are ever the same.

The type of weave that has been used will also impact the sensation of the rope, alongside the treatment process it’s been through, its thickness, and the inherent quality of the material used. You can buy as many lengths of rope as you want and no two rope will weave the same tale as they meet your body.

The idea of this is enough to arouse some, but in practice it is even more appealing.

 

The Psychological Effect

Being submissive or dominant comes with its own complexities, of course, but rope adds another layer to the dynamic which can augment or even add new nuisances to the psychological benefits of a relationship.

Rope is, to many, inherently thrilling. It evoked the idea of submission to the extreme and has a certain daredevil element to it.

Struggling against rope feels like a playful defiance and comes with its own reward—as the sensation of the rope meets a person’s action with its own reaction. One can imagine themselves as a magician, challenging their binds, or as a helpless captor caught at someone else’s whims. The roleplay and ropeplay go very well together.

Then there is the natural sub-space that can be induced through a session of BDSM. ‘Rope high’ is something people have recorded feeling after a rope-based session, most likely for all the reasons stated above.

 

The Takeaway

When it comes to sexual activities, rope is the gift that just keeps on giving. Even shopping for rope can be its own delight, as you browse through different types, colors, and brands.

As for how much enjoyment you’ll personally get out of rope, that’s up to you.

When will the good times end?

How long is a piece of rope.

 

Emmeline Peaches 
emmelinepeachesreviews.com
@EmmelinePeaches

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