Leather in BDSM - A Dominatrix's Perspective.

The history and impact of leather

The leather community is a diverse tapestry of individuals from all walks of life, united by their shared love of leather and their desire to explore the boundaries of pleasure and pain. From leather-clad bikers to sophisticated Dominatrixes like myself, we all share the common feeling about leather and how there’s something undeniably seductive about the feel of leather against your skin, the promise of pleasure and pain intertwined in every touch.

 

Leather has long been a symbol of power, submission and desire.

In Victorian-era society, leather whispered of forbidden desires and clandestine encounters, a symbol of power and defiance amidst the stifling constraints of social norms. It was here that leather began to take on a new significance, becoming a conduit for the hidden desires of those who dared to explore the depths of their passions in secret. However, pony play itself dates back to ancient Greece, with the famous philosopher Aristotle being depicted as being ridden as a horse. This story is told as if he is enjoying the attention from a dominant woman making him her horse.

Aristotle being ridden like a horse

As the 20th century unfolded, BDSM leather found new expressions with predominately gay men with the Old Guard who developed a set of traditions, protocols and values that shaped the way in which many individuals engage with BDSM and fetishism which have had a lasting impact on how we play with BDSM today.

The Old Guard leather kink emphasised respect, honour, and discipline. It was rooted in the values of loyalty and obedience, with an emphasis on hierarchy and authority. In the early days of the leather scene, these principles were often enforced through strict protocols and rituals, with newcomers expected to show deference to more experienced members of the community and were encouraged to not wear leather until they had earned it.

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In The Old Guard leather kink is characterised by a focus on leather as a symbol of power and authority, BDSM now includes many different types of symbols of power, but leather remains one of the most potent. Liebe Seele is one company who understands this connection with the past and uses this most sensual of material in all of their work.

Unlike some other kinks, leather can be recognised on sight.

Whilst developing The Equestrian range, Liebe Seele wanted to convey how pony play and leather has long been a symbol of power, submission and desire, intertwining the deep seated history leather has with new designs and concepts. With the inclusion of leather in mainstream BDSM Liebe Seele is making this more accessible to those wishing to explore this exciting part of the leather world.

So, the next time you find yourself drawn to the seductive embrace of leather, take a moment to explore Liebe Seele’s new collection and allow yourself to be immersed in leather.