The following is from our very own naughty dictionary, 150 SHADES OF PLAY: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink. Bolded words signify individual entries that appear elsewhere in the A-to-Z section of the book. Anything with a tie icon indicates an activity or prop mentioned in the Fifty Shades series (symbolic of the famous woven tie Christian Grey uses to restrain Anastasia Steele). The idea being: look up something you’re interested in and, from there, make it a choose-your-own-adventure book by following any bolded words that pique your interest to their own dedicated entry. Or just start at A and don’t stop ‘til you get to Z—or ‘til you’re compelled to try something out with your partner, whichever comes first!:
The only kink accessory guaranteed to make it past judgmental cleaning ladies, visiting parents, and airport security (hell, the airline might even give you a blindfold for free if it’s an overnight flight!). It’s also a must-have for beginners: If you’re having trouble embracing your inner kinkster, making your partner don a blindfold will make everything seem less, well, silly.
Not sure that a latex catsuit is “you”? Then blindfold your partner and make them guess what you’re wearing with their hands. Afraid that your paddle action is lackluster and limp-wristed? Keep your victim in the dark while you work on your swing. Does eye contact keep taking you out of the moment whenever you try to role-play? It’s much easier to stay in character (and avoid the giggles) if only one of you can see. Basically, when your partner wears a blindfold, your inhibitions are lowered, much like having sex on tequila—but without the raging hangover or diminished hand-eye coordination (and five minutes with this book should tell you that many of the activities described herein require advanced hand-eye coordination…sloppy cock and ball torture, anyone?).
And when you wear the blindfold? It’s a legitimate excuse to just lie back, relax and be attended to—simply enjoying the heightened sense of touch that results from another one of your senses (in this case sight) being restricted. See also sensory deprivation.