What is Zentai?
Zentai is a type of full-body suit that originated in Japan. The term is a portmanteau of Japanese words zenshin taitsu, which means ‘full-body tights’.
Theoretical/ Physical/ Psychological Background
The Zentai suit covers the whole body, from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Usually made out of nylon/spandex mix, Zentai suits are common in several major sporting events in the United Kingdom and North America. It is also used in film and TV productions as a chroma key suit. People wear Zentai for various reasons. Some wear it publicly for fun while others use it as a form of social protests. Several Zentai enthusiasts gather at pubic areas and hold parties.
In the BDSM context, Zentai suits are often worn for Transformation Plays and Role-plays. Some shops offer Zentai suits designed to look like popular fictional characters and superheroes. This is perfect to make fantasy plays to be more visually realistic and fun.
Due to the full body nature of these suits, and the hood, it can be depersonalizing to wear one. They are a much more flexible option than a gimp suit. Wearing one during sex does not necessarily relate to BDSM but it can be incorporated like any other type of outfit.
Practicality/ Do’s and Don’ts
Zentai suits are often portrayed as a form of second skin that acts as a fetishistic surrogate to the skin of the wearer. Aside from highlighting the body figure of the wearer, Zentai suits can also create an illusion that the wearer is naked.
Covering the face may remover the identity and ‘personhood’ of an individual. It is perfect for Objectification Plays such as Human Furniture and Dollification. The wearer may get aroused by the feeling of sexual masochism or erotic humiliation.
Some Zentai suits are specially designed to be used in BDSM plays. These suits either look transparent or have some kind of openings in the breast, buttocks and genital areas. Designs like these allow anal and genital penetration, as well as oral sex.
There are no serious health risks in wearing a Zentai. However, wearing extremely tight bodysuits for an extended period may cause overheating or irritation. Additionally, Zentai suits may limit the use of the bathroom. Suits should be properly washed and maintained between sessions so as not to cause rashes or infection.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Zentai is closely associated with Gimp or Bondage Suit. It can be used in combination with Clothing Fetish and Nylon Fetish, in which the dominant ripped the Zentai suit to gain access to the breasts or genitals. Zentai suits may also be used as part of Clothed Male, Naked Female (CMNF) scenes, as well as Puppy plays and Pony plays.
External Links and References
Bondage Suit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondage_suit