The world is full of fetishes. According to Webster, a fetish is an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression. Add into that a little bit of kink, and we’ve got you covered, literally.
Latex is one of the top 10 sexual fetishes that people enjoy according to AskMen.com, coming in at number 3. It can be for a multitude of reasons, and no reason is wrong and all are enjoyable. There is something about wearing latex or seeing someone in a skin-tight rubber outfit that can’t compare to anything else. Who can forget the catsuit worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns back in 1992? That movie alone increased the awareness of one of the hottest outfits out there and it is still recognized and copied 27 years later. The benefit is that latex itself is quite mainstream and recognizable. It can be a bodysuit or even just a top or bottom that can add to the bedroom excitement.
Latex can give the wearer the feeling of wearing a second skin, therefore it can give the perception of being naked without complete exposure. It can completely change the mindset of the person wearing it, creating a new identity in their mind from the one they have every day, immediately releasing them from their day to day persona. The more adventurous people may have no problem wearing their latex suits out in public with the feeling of power they get just by changing their clothing.
People talk about the release they feel when they are “hugged” by latex. If zipped in a bodysuit, they may feel that they aren’t in control anymore, and the perception of handing over control can be an emotional and physical release from responsibilities to the person in charge of unzipping them from the suit. It’s a skin that can be removed when desired as well as flaunted.
However, in addition to just the basic latex clothing, latex can also add quite a bit of kink with hoods and masks. The hoods fit closely around the face and head, bonding and creating a certain amount of sensory deprivation depending on the hood you choose. These can be used in a multitude of different ways and add anticipation and possibly a new experience. Hoods can also be dehumanizing, removing personal facial features which can be a great addition to a BDSM collection.
Exploring more about hoods can lead to latex animal hoods or masks. These form-fitting hoods/masks can add to the dehumanization and humiliation as they frequently feature an animal head, anything from a cat to a horse or anything in-between. They may also add a new fetish aspect, pet play. An animal mask can completely change the submissive into your pet, mixing together latex and pet play. Puppy hoods are very popular for this!
You may not be interested or ready for a hood or a mask yet, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your love of latex. There are easy ways to get started with your outfit, by adding a simple pair of gloves, or something no one will know you have on such as a pair of briefs. This is one of the fetishes you can go out on the town and look amazing while endulging in your own personal enjoyment.
Though latex isn’t the only fetish out there, it definitely can come into play with any of the other major fetishes. It’s a perfect outfit for a domme in a BSDM scenario, or switching to the sub, it can work as both pleasure and punishment. Sensation play is another one that latex works beautifully with. Latex can be worked into all sorts of other fetishes.
Part of the enjoyment of latex on both a master and a slave is the feeling of a second skin. It’s one of those items that is easy to get started with and not always difficult to explain. You don’t need to be covered completely by latex to get the same results, though some people may prefer that. It can be as simple as putting on a latex skirt or shirt and going out. It will make a statement about who you are and a little about what you are into.
 “Fetish.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetish.