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[[Image:Latexhood.jpg|thumb|Latex hood from [http://www.demask.com Demask] ]]  
 
[[Image:Latexhood.jpg|thumb|Latex hood from [http://www.demask.com Demask] ]]  
 
[[Image:Rubberhoodwithgag.jpg|thumb|Rubber hood with blindfold and gag]]
 
[[Image:Rubberhoodwithgag.jpg|thumb|Rubber hood with blindfold and gag]]
'''Hoods''' play a major part in [[BDSM]] imagery and practice. They can be worn both by [[submissive]]s and [[dominant]]s for a variety of reasons.
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'''Hoods''' play a major part in [[BDSM]] imagery and practice. They can be worn both by [[submissive]]s and [[dominant]]s for a number of reasons.
  
A '''bondage hood''' (also called a '''[[gimp]] mask''') is a [[fetish]]istic hood. It may be made from [[rubber]], [[PVC]], or [[leather]]. It is designed to cover the head completely, and thus has an opening at the back to extend the neck hole for adorning - which may be done up with a zip or cord. Other openings include two eye holes (sometimes these can be covered with a [[blindfold]]), optional nostril openings, and a mouth opening (which is often closed with a zip or a [[gag]]).  
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* Objectification: The hood can play a major role in [[objectify]]ing the wearer; for a submissive they will reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner. Hoods can also be worn by the dominant to objectify them, but in a different way; to make them appear more distant and impersonal.
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* Sensory deprivation: Heavy latex or leather hoods can be used by the dominate partner to control a sub's ability to see and hear.
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* Transformation: Animal hoods can be used as part of an animal transformation fantasy.
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* Visual impact: Hoods have a strong visual appeal, especially highly coloured latex designs, and a very popular as club wear.
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* Total enclosure: Many fetishists are turned on by the second skin
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* As a bondage device: Hoods can encorporate attachement points for ropes and chain to secure the head as part of a bondage scene.
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* To disguise the wearer: Hoods can also serve the function of disguising identity when desired, for example at [[play parties]].
  
An '''isolation hood''' is a more extreme version of a bondage hood; it is design to disorientate the wearer by keeping them in total darkness and making it very difficult to hear anything. Most isolation hoods also incorporate gags to enhance the sensation of loss of control and helplessness felt by the victim.  Note that this is potentially extremely dangerous, as blocking all access to air will result in rapid asphyxiation. The safety warnings regarding [[gag]]s also apply. It is notably used in [[BDSM]], its function being to [[objectify]] the wearer as well as providing [[sensory deprivation]], and thus reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner, as part of a [[scene]].
 
  
A '''decorative hood''' may be worn by a [[dominant]] in order to dehumanise them in a different way - to make them appear more distant and impersonal. This can make the [[submissive]] feel even more submissive or humiliated by denying them the face-to-face contact that would otherwise occur.  Wearing of a hood by a dominant may also allow them to get "into role" more deeply and make it easier to assume the intended attitude towards the submissive.
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Because of the popularity and differing reasons for wanting to wear a hood there is a massive range of different designs available from a wide range of suppliers. Prices range from a few tens of pounds for a basic moulded latex hood to several hundred pounds for a top of the range isolation hood. This article attempts to classify hoods into a number of basic types however many hoods will combine elements of more than one design.
  
Hoods can also serve the function of disguising identity when desired, for example at [[play parties]].
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*[[Animal hood]]
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*[[Bondage hood]]
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*[[Executioner hood]]
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*[[Fetish hood]]
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*[[Gimp mask]]
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*[[Inflatable hood]]
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*[[Isolation hood]]
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*[[Open face hood]]
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*[[Strap mask]]
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==Buying a hood==
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A trawl through the web will quickly bring up a bewildering array of suppliers selling every type of hood imaginable with prices from £30 to £300. Generally you will get what you pay for, the more expensive hoods being better quality and more sophisticated in their design. You will find that manufacturers will differ in how they go about constructing the hood, some concentrating on the quality of the stitching whilst others focus on the design aspects. The most important thing though is the fit and this is best delt with by trying the hood on before buing it. If a hood does not fit properly it will quickly become uncomfortable and will end up not being used.
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 02:36, 27 December 2006

Isolation hood from Top To Bottom Leathers
Latex hood from Demask
Rubber hood with blindfold and gag

Hoods play a major part in BDSM imagery and practice. They can be worn both by submissives and dominants for a number of reasons.

  • Objectification: The hood can play a major role in objectifying the wearer; for a submissive they will reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner. Hoods can also be worn by the dominant to objectify them, but in a different way; to make them appear more distant and impersonal.
  • Sensory deprivation: Heavy latex or leather hoods can be used by the dominate partner to control a sub's ability to see and hear.
  • Transformation: Animal hoods can be used as part of an animal transformation fantasy.
  • Visual impact: Hoods have a strong visual appeal, especially highly coloured latex designs, and a very popular as club wear.
  • Total enclosure: Many fetishists are turned on by the second skin
  • As a bondage device: Hoods can encorporate attachement points for ropes and chain to secure the head as part of a bondage scene.
  • To disguise the wearer: Hoods can also serve the function of disguising identity when desired, for example at play parties.


Because of the popularity and differing reasons for wanting to wear a hood there is a massive range of different designs available from a wide range of suppliers. Prices range from a few tens of pounds for a basic moulded latex hood to several hundred pounds for a top of the range isolation hood. This article attempts to classify hoods into a number of basic types however many hoods will combine elements of more than one design.

Buying a hood

A trawl through the web will quickly bring up a bewildering array of suppliers selling every type of hood imaginable with prices from £30 to £300. Generally you will get what you pay for, the more expensive hoods being better quality and more sophisticated in their design. You will find that manufacturers will differ in how they go about constructing the hood, some concentrating on the quality of the stitching whilst others focus on the design aspects. The most important thing though is the fit and this is best delt with by trying the hood on before buing it. If a hood does not fit properly it will quickly become uncomfortable and will end up not being used.

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