What are Clothing Pins?
A Clothing Pin or clothespins are make-shift BDSM equipment commonly used for punishment or torture. It is typically made of wood, metal or plastic. They are one of the most common pervertible used in pain play.
They are originally used to fasten or hang clothes for drying.
Clothespin Use in BDSM
Clothespins are used like any other type of clamp. They can be placed all over the body to induce a pinching pain. Since most clothespins are not specifically designed for BDSM use, their design and tension vary greatly. Some may prefer ones with a lighter pinch for more sensual play. Others prefer a stronger pinch and tighter, textured grip.
Both the pain and relief when pins are removed are the primary attraction to using clothespins. A Dom forcing a submissive to achieve climax through the pain of wearing pins is common. Likewise, removing pins during orgasm can heighten the pleasure. Since clothespins stick out off the body they are easy to stimulate with a cane, crop, or whip.
The amount of clothing pins used in a scene or session vary depending on the desire of the Dom & sub. It is common to see dozens applied all over the body during play. They can be attached to lips, nipples, soft skin like inner thighs and the lower parts of arms, nose, ears, labia, and scrotum.
Dos and Don’ts
Like any type of clamp, the extended wearing of clothespins is not recommended. It can result in unintended consequences such as:
- Skin breakage and bleeding.
- Tissue or nerve damage from lack of blood flow.
- Scarring or long term bruising.
Clothespins should be cleaned after each session they are used, or discarded. If any bodily fluids or blood get on them, they should not be shared with other partners.
Related Fetishes and Practices
A zipper or zippering is when multiple clothespins are linked by a string or rope and then pulled quickly off the body. Clamps is the term for the larger body of accessories that include clothing pins and rely on pinching of the skin as the primary sensory input.