Changes in Leather Culture Reflected in Gifts
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As Leather culture broadens, its image includes more than puppy play and BDSM. Gifting for leather lovers is easier than ever. The internet has made it so much easier to find that gift for the leather aficionado. Let’s take a look at where leather started, where it is today, and how the changes in leather culture are reflected in gifts.
Leather As We’ve Known It
“Leather” is a catch-all term for a diverse range of sexual preferences, identities, relationship structures, and social organizations that are loosely linked by the thread of sadomasochistic sex. For them, leather is part of who they are; it allows them to remain connected with something that brings them pleasure while continuing their everyday life.
The sensation. The aroma. The longevity. Leather is a material that lasts and lasts… One of the most well-known kinks is a leather fetish. Whether crossed with BDSM or as a stand-alone, leather fetishes bring diversity to any relationship or individual’s sex life.
Leather culture is most visible in gay communities. It is most often associated with gay men (leathermen); it is reflected in various ways in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight communities. Many people associate BDSM practices with leather culture. Leather is worn as an expression of who they are; there is pride in the leather they wear. It is no different than wearing a jersey for your team to a ballgame. As leather culture changes it’s reflected in the gifts we give leather lovers that we may not have purchased ten years ago.
Leather in the ’40s and ’50s
The subculture is believed to have evolved from the post-World War II biker scene, characterized by uniforms, buzz cuts, and military honor codes. It was an aesthetic that gay men who couldn’t identify with the more pretentious stereotypes of the time found appealing.
‘Leather’ was a code word for men in the 1940s; it meant, are you into rough sex, bondage, S&M. Those men formed motorcycle clubs and dressed in leather, adopting a look of masculine independence popularized by Marlon Brando’s look in 1953. In 1958, Chicago’s Gold Coast was the first gay bar to cater to the leather scene.
Self-Expression in Leather
Leather has a practical purpose. It’s an excellent material for making durable clothes, restraints, and other sexual objects. Leather pants also repel odor-causing moisture. High-quality leather wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you dry and comfortable while also preventing foul odors from forming. It is multifaceted and leaves a lot of room for interpretation. You’re creating your look and your sex life at the same time by choosing what pieces to wear and use.
Leather is a tool for expressing toughness and invulnerability through its functions—and indestructibility to its reputation fused by the people who use it.
Leather’s traditional description of toughness, vigor, and masculinity has been reimagined as light, subtle, and sensual.
BDSM – It’s Leather Connection
Leather and BDSM are intimately linked. Since its inception, the leather community has engaged in BDSM practices, which is a big part of why we associate them with each other. For many people, regardless of sexual orientation, leather has become a symbol of kinky sex.
Leather is used to make impact toys such as whips, floggers, and paddles—each one bringing a new sensation. People spend a lot of money on beautiful black leather BDSM accessories.
When considering a gift for someone, consider the changes in the leather culture and reflect them in your gift. With a leather fetish, you want to purchase something they will use and is appropriate for their play. You don’t want to be that person that gave a puppy play outfit to a dominant!
Give them something they have but with a bonus. If your honey has a flogger, consider giving her an electro flogger. This flogger will meet her impact need and add a few sparks to amp up the impact! Veterans who have participated in the bondage will appreciate the gesture.
Leather for Newbies
If your looking to include a new partner or entice a current partner who isn’t sure if leather is their kink, a small gift of something they might enjoy is a way to go about it. Give something that will make them feel comfortable but flirts with the leather fetish. For example, a leather garter or gloves is non-threatening but very sexy. This kind of gift isn’t limited to special occasions. The leather garter and gloves are a turn-on for the wearer and leather fetishist as well.
A Powerful Presence in Leather
Leather has a prominent presence in the kink community. Unlike other kinks, it is visible to passersby; if they’re walking around in a crowd wearing a harness, people in the leather community don’t mind wearing it with pride. It’s also popular because it’s all around us. Anyone involved in bondage wears leather restraints, wearing a sexy leather thong may turn on their partner.
Wearing leather can make you feel more powerful, sexually appealing, and dominant. Leather can put you in a dominant mental state, leading to rougher, more exciting sex. For instance, when your dom puts on their boots and harness, they become a different version of themselves, allowing you to let go and serve them. You can also grovel while wearing a leather ball gag or restraints made of leather.
It can function as a second skin. Wearing leather can make you brave to be yourself in a new environment, such as a leather bar, or ask someone to dance in a typical club. On the other hand, it makes you more dominant even outside of a sexual situation, so you might be able to apply it to one. These types of leather fetishism are popular and all represented in the leather and BDSM communities.
When looking for gifts for someone already into leather but looking to pursue it deeper, you want to offer gifts that will further engage them in play. Think a leather ball gag, leather blindfold, or leather butt plug; this allows you to introduce something new and piques interest in what the item has to offer. Use the leather culture changes reflect in the gift you give. This is admittedly easier if you play with them or know them on an intimate level. But you can still find an appropriate gift for that leather lover even if you’re not intimate. Use your imagination and the internet will help guide you to that gift.
For a more hardcore leather lover, consider purchasing a leather mask, whip, or harness. If their play is more specific, perhaps some puppy play or furry friend options are in order.
Culture Identifying Leather
The leather culture refers to sexual practices and dress styles centered on leather garments such as leather jackets, vests, boots, chaps, harnesses, and other items. Wearing leather clothing is one way this culture deliberately distinguishes itself from mainstream sexual cultures. For many, wearing black leather clothing is an erotic fashion statement that expresses heightened masculinity or the appropriation of sexual power; a love of motorcycles, motorcycle clubs, independence, or sexual kink.
During the ’70s, and ’80s most people identified leather with gay males; a group of straight men wore leather and performed on stage to record crowds (if you’re thinking I’m referring to the village people -wrong). Heavy metal bands wore leather, like Iron Maiden, Meatloaf, and Judas Priest, wearing leather on stage and off.
Their sexuality was never in question; in fact, most rockstars were portrayed as man whores with more-then-willing groupies. Stories of wild orgies were the norm for these leathermen.
From Lady Gaga to JeLo, female singers wear leather catsuits on stage and more in their everyday lives. This has added a new dimension to leather culture that is quite different from a butch harness-wearing man looking for action.
While leather-wearing has been known to define sexuality and kink preference, it has also come to mean high fashion, durable and higher-end clothing.
Leather today is a fashion style for everyone; fashion runways worldwide are strutted by leather-clad models premiering everything from long leather jackets to leather mini dresses.
Superheros are the latest group to sport leather. Batman, Catwoman, and Captain America all wore suits of leather. Cosplay is wall-to-wall leather cosplay suits and Anime characters in leather outfits. While there is a sexual aspect to the Anime outfits, there is nothing sexual in the “catsuits” worn by superheroes (unless you have a superhero fetish). This change in the leather culture is reflected in gifts more than any other. It encompasses roleplay and a degree of kink that many people are extremely comfortable with. It is a fun but naughty mindset brought on by female erotic novels and the lovers of fifty Shades of Gray.
Let us not forget Anime and Manga, which include BDSM, tentacle sex, and naughty, naughty role-play. This has brought a whole new generation of younger kinksters that have been exposed to so much more growing up on the internet. Anime is a fetish lover’s dream with all the once-taboo content that its followers love to act out.
Nothing says sexy like a leather miniskirt and corset. A hottie in tight leather pants and boots and leather paddle in his hand! The clothes can set the mood, but the toys used will set the tone. If the gift gets you hot and bothered, it will have your leather lover on fire.
If you know someone well enough to consider getting them a gift, you should know the type of apparel they have. It will be easier to select something to compliment their wardrobe or give a gift of something new. Leather clothing offesr endless colors and styles. It is easy to find something in your budget especially if shopping online. You can add some fun leather accessories to complete an existing outfit, or some items can be added to a current outfit. Make sure the item is of good quality leather so it will last long.
Never has it been easier to purchase leather—no more driving to leather specialty shops or wearing that cap and sunglasses into a toy store. Everything is purchasable online, allowing the changes in leather are reflected in the gifts you purchase. From Etsy to Amazon, if you can dream, you can order it. Use the leather culture changes to reflect how you feel about them in your gift choice. If your intimate, pick a personal gift. if they are someone you want to know better, pick a more neutral gift. You want a gift that will break the ice and open the conversation you want. If you can’t find it, you can have it custom-made—this opens a whole new world of clothing, costume, and sex paraphernalia.
Leather Culture Principles
The principles of trust, honor, and respect are a common foundation upon which the leather culture is built. In addition, leatherfolk believes that they will become role models for both conventional and leather families by implementing these principles in their daily lives.
Leather is associated with brotherhood, self-discipline, and honor. In addition, there is a tradition of self-respect and respect for others who deserve it. This has created an open exchange of ideas and information and active participation in the community.
Many people believe that their involvement with leather culture has made them better, stronger, safer, more ethical, and more connected. A culture founded on these beliefs is here to stay
These types of leather fetishism are specific; they are all represented in the leather and BDSM communities. Finding gift items to show your interest in their love of leather is a gift in itself to some.
What better way to gift a leather lover than offering a variety of gifts? A leather basket (a few leather items, some lube, a warm fuzzy blanket for snuggly aftercare) or a leather gift set (a box set of leather items) is an excellent way to spice your play with a bit of leather. It’s not only a gift to your partner but a gift to you too. Of course, it shows love to others, but who said you can’t show yourself some too? The changes in leather culture can be reflected in gifts.
If you want to be a part of the leather culture or if your kink is leather toys, you’re looking for a partner or a reward for an excellent leather-loving partner, Foxtail is the place to go.