The following is an excerpt from the “H” section of our new A-Z book, 150 Shades of Play: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink. Every bolded word below indicates an entry in our encyclopedia of sorts. The book is on sale now!
Ear plugs arenâ€™t just for construction workers and insomniacs, and noise-canceling headphones arenâ€™t just for prissy cubicle workers. Controlling your partnerâ€™s soundtrack (or lack of one) takes sensory deprivation to a whole new level, especially when combined with a blindfold. If white noise is too nerdy for you, make a booty mix on your MP3 player and have your partner listen to it through headphones — Christian Grey was fond of the kind of classical music serial killers like to do their scalping to (all of which is available on “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album”).
Headphones and earplugs deprive your partner of aural clues and distractions, insulating them from sounds like your breathing, the smack of a paddle hitting their skin, the dog barking, etc. They can only speak when spoken to, and they can only be spoken to when you choose to lean in real close and lift their headphones. This all helps your partner focus — exactly what that prissy cubicle worker is going for, too, except the object of focus in this case is not whatâ€™s happening on a spreadsheet but, rather, whatâ€™s happening on a bed sheet.