Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vacuum Beds

We were checking out videos on youtube and came across the fetish of vacuum bagging. A person puts themselves in what seems to be either a large rubber bag or plastic bag and uses a vacuum to suck all the air out. I'm not quite sure what the fetish is here, is it like the whole asphyxiation thing or is there something about the way the bag feels? Isn't this really dangerous? A lot of them used "breathing tubes" and people wrote comments saying that was "cheating" and they weren't really doing it. Can you explain this fetish in anymore detail? I don't get it at all.

I don't know if I can describe it in detail, but I may be able to give a little insight. This is in the BDSM family, which isn't exactly my forté.

What I think you're referring to is mostly done with vacuum beds (or vac beds) which are comprised of two latex sheets secured by a metal or plastic frame with a zipper for side entry. The user is sealed into the bed by sucking out all the air using a vacuum cleaner. Usually the bed comes with a breathing tube or a hole that is lined up with the user's mouth so that the person can breathe normally. It would most definitely be dangerous without a way to breathe easily.

There are a few things going on here that people may find enjoyable. Some people really enjoy the feeling of latex. Wearing and playing with latex is a kink of its very own. Another reason people seem to enjoy it is because it is pretty much impossible to move while in the bed with all the air sucked out. Many people find this kind of total restraint to be very erotic. The user (usually a submissive) is at the complete mercy of the person/people (usually dom(s)) outside of the vac bed.

This total control is the reason why it is so important for there to be a lot of trust between the people involved in activities like this. They can be extremely dangerous if the people involved don't have a lot of trust between each other and don't discuss the activity thoroughly beforehand.

I've also seen some instances of this done with just bags without a frame, but it doesn't seem to be as effective in getting the desired result, but maybe that's because those people weren't using powerful enough vacuums.

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