A dungeon in the context of sex and kink is a place where people can go to practice BDSM-related activity. This may be something that has been set up and kitted out by the people themselves, or it could be a professional set-up which people can hire by the hour, day or longer – possibly for a party or even as a holiday destination.
The word itself is derived from Middle English and the French ‘donjon’, meaning the inner tower in a castle. This was the most secure part of the building and so was where prisoners would be kept since it made escape or rescue next to impossible. While such a space may often be styled to look quite similar to something out of the middle ages, in reality, these days it is essentially a kind of kinky playroom.
In olden days a dungeon was often very sparse, featuring little more than hard stone walls, metal bars and manacles attached to the walls so that prisoners could be kept locked up. The dungeon could be either simply a prison or could be a location for more nefarious activities and also contain various devices for torturing the unwilling inmates. In modern times, the picture may still be similar, though it’s usual for it to include rather more creature comforts. As well as elaborate and creative torture devices, there might be comfortable break-out areas, including seating, a bed and even a kitchen. Some dungeons are more like hotels designed to cater to every fetish need.
Dungeons contain equipment that people can use for their BDSM play, including items that may be too big, heavy or inconvenient to have at home. And they may also not want them at home as they would rather the rest of the world didn’t know that they enjoy playing with such items. Typically these will include places where the submissive can be restrained such as a St Andrew’s Cross, punished on a spanking/whipping bench, or confined in some kind of cage. They may also include a full range of latex or leather clothing, hoods, masks, whips, floggers, spreader bars, gags and the like. Different dungeons have different themes or styles. For example, some may be more reminiscent of those original dungeons from the middle ages, while others may be geared to more modern scenarios such as medical fetishes.
Commercial dungeons are also often used as venues for professional dominants (male or female), and may be included in the session price, or may need to be booked separately.