What is Gimp Mask?
In the BDSM context, a gimp mask is a hood that covers the entire head. It is also referred to as a bondage hood or bondage mask. It is designed to restrict the vision, hearing, smell, and the use of the mouth of a submissive.
A gimp mask is usually worn by the submissive during the bondage play. The most common material used when making gimp masks is rubber, latex, leather, spandex and PVC. The type of material chosen may be the preference of the Dom or sub. The kind of material affects how restricting and sense depriving it can be.
Most dominants find it sexually satisfying and exciting when their submissive partners are wearing gimp masks. This is because it is easier to depersonalize interactions when the latter’s face is fully covered. With the submissive’s face totally covered with a gimp mask, they become any person or anything to the dominant which makes him/her powerful and exercise control over the submissive partner.
They also serve as a way to deprive a submissive of their senses. This can heighten their sense of pain, pleasure, and touch in general. It also triggers a fear response when being punished as they cannot see or tell when an impact, pinch, or other painful punishment may occur. Many submissives enjoy wearing a mask as a form of humiliation. They need to earn the right to see or look at their Dom during play.
Dos and Don’ts
Many gimp masks purchased in store are sold as one size fits all. Though this may not always provide the best fit for the wearer. For lifestyle submissives, many choose to get one custom made out of leather or latex. When wearing the gimp mask, the dominant should carefully position it on the submissive’s face making sure that the eyes, mouth, and nostrils are aligned accordingly.
A gimp mask can cause impairment of breathing to the submissive because it fully covers the mouth and consists of very small nostril holes. The safe signal should be agreed upon by sexual partners who decide to use gimp masks during a BDSM play so that the submissive can inform the dominant once he/she is having difficulty breathing. Proper cleaning and care should be employed between uses to make sure no bacteria or bad odors build up inside the mask.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Mask fetish is a type of fetishism wherein an individual get sexually aroused or stimulated by simply the sight of another person either wearing or taking off a mask. Gas masks are a common substitute for gimp masks and provide much of the same sensation.