E – glossary

earplugs: Can be used in sensory deprivation play. May be plugs or “headphone” style hearing protectors.

edge play (adjective form: “their play was edgy“): Play which pushes the limits of the persons involved. Also used for potentially dangerous activities such as fire, electricity, cutting, or breath play, which require careful study and practice before attempting. *DeFUNition: When the witnesses need aftercare!

edging: A sub being brought to the edge of orgasm, then denying them release, often done over and over again. It may be done by their dominant, or they may be allowed to self-manipulation. If eventually allowed to cum, it tends to be more intense, but their top may put them directly into chastity and sexual frustration, driving them further into submission.

electric play: Any of a variety of different practices involving the use of electrical current or electricity to stimulate a person. Some common forms of electrical play include using high-voltage, low-current devices such as violet wands or the use of controlled pulses of electricity to induce muscle contractions as with a TENS unit. Also a stun gun or cattle prod can be used.

embarrassment: (see humiliation) Considered the emotional equivalent of bad pain. Humiliation beyond the recipient’s limits; may cause long-term negative aftereffects.

emotional play (see humiliation, squick): Play making use of heavy emotional content; often humiliation, sometimes fear or shame.

endorphin rush: (see aftercare, subspace) Endorphins are the chemicals responsible for the “high” people often get from pain or stressful situations. Once thought to be solely responsible for the phenomenon of “subspace”, but it is generally acknowledged that a bottom can achieve subspace without being placed in endorphin-causing situations.

erogenous zone: (1) Area of the body commonly associated with sexuality; thegenitals or breasts (especially female breasts). (2) Any area of the body especially sensitive to sexual stimulation.

erotic hypnosis: (see hypnosis) Erotic hypnosis is the use of hypnosis to enhance any sort of sexual situation with a wide variety of mental or physical effects, including altered sensations (arousal, pain), illusory bondage. enhanced obedience, or more realistic role-play. For detailed explanation and possibilities.

erotic sexual denial (see tease, denial, chastity): Keeping the subject aroused while delaying or preventing release through orgasm; to keep them in a continual state of anticipatory tension, inner conflict, and heightened sensitivity.

evil stick: An implement consisting of a thin rod, often of carbon fiber, typically about the diameter of a mechanical pencil lead, attached to a small, rigid handle. The rod is flexible and very strong; when laid against the skin and then flicked with a strong upward motion at its tip, it causes a sharp pain and typically leaves a thin, well-defined welt that can persist for days. Carbon fiber is a preferred material for the stick.

exhibitionism: Behaving extravagantly in order to attract attention. In BDSM, often takes the form of displaying “taboo” actions or portions of the body to others. This may be for the gratification of the exhibitionist, or at the direction of a Top, to expose them to humiliation. NOTE: In a BDSM context, it should be remembered that a part of “consensual” includes NOT involving innocent bystanders; who, by definition, have not consented to being involved in the “scene”.

exhibitionist: A person who delights in, or obtains some form of gratification from, behaving extravagantly in order to attract attention. In BDSM, this often takes the form of displaying “taboo” actions or portions of the body. See exhibitionism

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