This compendium focuses on ‘classic gags’ but there are many variations that just combine elements from these gags in different combinations. A ball gag may have a chin strap attached making it into a kind of open muzzle; mouth-guard gags can have an open valve at the front so that a tube and funnel can be attached turning them into a liquid gag; a cleave may go under a bandit which in turn might be covered with tape.
The biggest safety issue when using gags for erotic BDSM play is the danger of cutting off or blocking the wearer’s airway causing asphyxia (death from lack of oxygen!) This could be caused by something blocking the nose but also from the sub choking or even possibly vomiting while wearing a gag.
For this reason it’s essential to stay in constant visual contact with a gagged sub. Remember it’s never safe to leave an individual who has been gagged alone, not even for a few minutes and why importantly the use of gags requires continued awareness and diligent monitoring on the part of the dom/top. And you must always retain easy access to remove the gag quickly in an emergency.
Because many gags prevent a submissive from breathing through their mouth, it becomes absolutely essential that they be able to breathe well though their nose. If a sub has a blocked nose from allergies/hay fever, sinus problems or a cold etc. then it is not safe to use a gag.
As I have outlined a safeword can not be used while a gag is in place so you need to establish prearranged physical signs: e.g. three unique grunts; a distinct hand signal; or a hand alarm. A hand alarm is a battery operated door bell, the bound and gagged sub keeps the alarm button in their hand while the dom keeps the chime near them. They are especially useful if the sub is in a sack, arm-sleeve or cling-film.
So let’s continue with Pt 2…
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| A Complete Compendium of Gags cont. pt2
More Complex Gags
|9. Funnel & Liquid gags
Funnel gags comprise of a large funnel with a spout fixed through a shield which is strapped into the mouth with more straps supporting the funnel and strapping around the head. They look rather extreme and are quite humiliating for the wearer. Liquid consumption gags are another variation – a simple tube gag (sometimes inside an inflatable) is placed in the mouth and strapped around the head. Then either a funnel or gravity bladder (drip bag) with a long rubber/plastic tube can be attached and detached as needed – and filled from a distance. These gags are used to allow or make the bound person drink fluids while tied. Always take extreme care to pour fluids very slowly to avoid choking! The sub can learn to use their tongue to block the spout periodically to allow then to swallow the liquid at their own pace.
|10. Spider & Ring gags
Ring gags are another variant of ball gags but the ball is replaced by a hollow ring (metal or leather) which allows access to the inside of the mouth. And a variation on the ring gag is the spider gag which has four ‘legs’ on the sides so as to keep the wearer from flipping the ring horizontally in their mouth; as this is a problem with ring gags. Generally these gags have interchangeable rings to accommodate both the wearer’s mouth and the size of any object that might be inserted through the ring.
|11. Inflatable gags – Balls & Butterflies
These gags have either a small rubber ball balloon or butterfly inflated by a hand pump filing up the mouth. A rubber butterfly gag is a wing-shaped gag, the central part fits behind the teeth to fill up the mouth, while the wings go between the teeth and the cheeks (an intense gagging experience!) Inflatable gags will not hold in the gagged person’s mouth well because as you inflate them they pop out so need to be paired with tape or an Over-The-Mouth gag to keep then in place. Often they come with a strap on mouth shield that sits over the mouth to prevent this problem. These gags are excellent for actually quieting the wearer and look super lewd ‘n’ sexy with the long ‘tail’ popping out of the sub’s mouth 🙂 Some of these inflatable gags come with an additional opening for a breathing or liquid consumption tube.
|12. Pecker & Kissing gags
Pecker gags have a mouth shield with a short rubber/silicone phallus or penis on the inside that is placed into the mouth with straps to hold it in place. This gag can be used for humiliation as the wearer is made to have a ‘cock’ in their mouth ideal as for the run up to turned bi scenes or as a useful training tool for cock sucking. There is also a double pecker gag more commonly known as a kissing gag this is where two peckers are fixed back to back and used on two sub’s facing each other tied, giving the effect that they are kissing 🙂
| 13. Tape gagging
Using sticky tape over the mouth is really another variant of the Over-The-Mouth gag. The most commonly used tape is Duct Tape, Electrical Tape and Scotch Tape. Duct tape is a good width (two inches) has a cloth backing making it super strong which is ideal; however more flexible electrical tape with its thinner width is more useful for more elaborate taping and it comes off the skin easier. The tape can be wrapped under and around the chin restricting jaw movement, making the gag more effective. Removing the tape can be problematic you have to take extreme care not to damage the lips and skin, alcohol can be used to remove any residue. Though in my experience saliva and sweat usually make them come away after any period of time. A solution is to use a thin layer of cling-film under the tape or just to use non-sticky bondage tape. Care must be taken not to tape over hair or beards they should be covered first.
Stuffing is the process by where a person’s mouth is stuffed with cloth items like handkerchiefs, scarves, stockings, panties or any item rolled into a ball, acting as a stopper, similar to a ball gag. To add to the humiliation it may be dirty panties etc. or for a fetishist a specific item like worn stockings. To be effective the stuffing must be used in conjunction with other forms of gagging otherwise the wearer will instinctively just push out the items. To reduce the chances of choking, the stuff gag is never pushed all the way into the person’s mouth. It’s important to be aware that items in the mouth can cause reflex retching and that as the material used will soak up the saliva it can make the mouth very dry and uncomfortable over time.
Muzzles have a large lower face shield/cover or 3D cone which straps over the mouth, chin and sometimes the cheeks. Some secured up over each side of the nose and the sides of the head, other just around the lower part of the face. Muzzle gags have a strong psychological effect on some people, because of their resemblance to being muzzled like an animal. Perfect for puppy scenes.
|16. Head Harness
Harnesses encircle the head, with various straps secured by numerous buckles fastened at the back and sides. Harnesses can come with a variety of fitted or even interchangeable gags. For pony play they come with a bit gag this is because the wearer needs lots of air plus attachments for reins and why other gags are not suitable. These devices are also perfect in elaborate bondage scenes providing useful attachment points. Head harnesses may also function as a gag by themselves, by restricting the ability to open the mouth with tight jaw straps.