Friday, May 27, 2011
In BDSM, edgeplay is a subjective term for types of sexual play that are considered to be pushing on the edge of the traditional S.S.C. (safe, sane and consensual) creed. They would be considered more R.A.C.K. (Risk Aware Consensual Kink).
Edgeplay may involve the risk of serious, even permanent harm or death, exemplified by activities such as breathplay (Erotic asphyxiation), knife play and gunplay, as well as the increased risk of spreading disease, as with cutting, bloodplay, or barebacking.
What constitutes edgeplay varies with the persons involved, and also over time. In the mid-nineties, the Living in Leather convention did not have panels on ageplay or scat because they were considered too edgy. By 2000 they were part of the regular list programming.
Some activities, such as ageplay or rape roleplay, may be considered quite edgy by some and not at all for others. The definition is fairly subjective, although typically based on some level on what people are used to in their local scene.
Case study: Knife play
it's form of consensual BDSM edgeplay involving knives, daggers, and swords as a source of physical and mental stimulation. Knives are typically used to cut away clothing, scratch the skin, remove wax after wax play, or simply provide sensual stimulation. Knife play can also be a form of temperature play or body modification.
Knife play is sometimes, but not always, a form of fear play. The 'victim' in some cases, is shown a sharp implement, and then blindfolded, and a blunt knife used on their skin (for example: the practice of insertive sex play without the certain knowledge of the submissive that an exchange of implements — blunt for sharp — has occurred. This is a form of fear play, yet it still maintains some degree of safety).
Recommended movie: Edgeplay: The Runaways