Monday, May 9, 2011

Kink Monday: Figging

We are told the practice of figging was originally practiced on horses. Apparently stuffing a piece of ginger up a horse's ass made him step higher and look lively, and into a mares vagina made her step higher and look lively. The practice was originally called feagueing, but has turned into figging. These days I think the horses are all safe, it's just the submissives and masochists with bits of ginger stuffed here and there.

One of the interesting qualities of ginger is that it doesn't actually burn sensitive tissues, it just does something to the nerve endings so they think they are being burned. Unlike hot peppers or Tabasco sauce, ginger does not cause any harm. It feels like it, but it doesn't. That makes it perfect for BDSM play. (Unless you're allergic to ginger, of course.)

You can buy large pieces of ginger root at most grocery stores and pretty much all Asian markets. Once you get it home, you peel it and then shape it into a butt plug, making sure the part that will be clenched upon is thick enough to handle it, and that the flange is wide enough the plug won't get lost. It doesn't have to be a big plug, just make sure you get the shape right. You don't want to use any lube, if you wet the plug in cold water it will be slippery enough to slide in. If you use lube it acts as a barrier and keeps the ginger juice from doing its job.

The ginger juice feels like liquid fire. It feels like I imagine Tobasco sauce would feel, but since I've never experienced Tobasco sauce, I can't be sure about that. I believe it is possible the ginger hurts worse. Also, any clenching one does makes it hurt even worse, as it squeezes a little more of the juice out.

Some people say the oldest looking ginger is the spiciest, others advise you to go for the younger looking ginger. Personally, I think you have to find the balance between old enough to be mature but not so old that it has dried out. It needs to still be juicy. The burn will be a bit different each time you do it, as some ginger is going to be stronger than other ginger. My advice is to buy the largest piece you can find that still has a mostly smooth exterior.

So that's the technical bits. Now for the fun stuff.

I know of a couple who only use ginger for punishment. Ginger does no harm, so she isn't allowed safeword out of it. She is restrained, the ginger goes in, she gets whatever spanking or flogging or caning she has coming to her, and then she stays in place for thirty minutes before being released and being allowed to remove the ginger. She's enough of a masochist that impact play isn't enough, but she can't handle the burn of the ginger, so this works well for them.

The practice of figging is especially good if the Dom is trying to teach the submissive to relax and not clench up during impact play. It burns enough without clenching, thank-you-very-much.

There are plenty of people who do it for pleasure though, and not just as a training or punishment exercise. Figging creates heat. A lot of heat. And if you can keep it in long enough, you can reach a different sort of subspace. I'm still not sure if it's the endorphins that put you there, or if it is a result of the ginger root juice making its way into your bloodstream and creating an altered state of consciousness. But it's certainly there. It takes at least 15 or 20 minutes though, so you'll need to stick with it a while. Ginger is generally listed on those lists of herbs rumored to be an aphrodisiac. While I don't think it is an aphrodisiac when ingested in the normal way, it certainly seems to be when inserted into body parts.

It's not just for the ass, either. Female Dommes have the option of placing a sliver into the slit of their submissive's cock. And I've heard from people who have had pieces of ginger placed along both sides of their clit. There is also the practice of putting it into the vagina, but I don't know anyone who has tried that.

The burn builds, and keeps building. If you think at two or three minutes that this is no big deal, it might be wise to not say that aloud until you reach the fifteen minute point. Some ginger is still easily tolerable at fifteen minutes, but other is... not. The great thing about ginger though, is that the burn stops when the ginger is removed. You'll still feel slightly tingly for perhaps ten or fifteen minutes, but the burn stops.

She is restrained over the spanking stool, wrists and thighs held firmly in place, ass high in the air. He stands in front of her, taking his time peeling the ginger and then carving it so it's just right. When he's satisfied with his creation he gives her his most sadistic grin and walks around behind her. She hears the sound of something being dunked in the ice water, and then feels him part her ass and begin inserting the ginger. It's cool at first, but she knows that will soon change.

His footsteps move him away from her, and then bring him back. He walks in front of her again, making sure she sees the cane in his hands. It's the Lexan cane. She is afraid of the Lexan cane.

"You'll clench when you're told, or I'll make you clench with this."

Just his words have her clenching. Ouch, there's the burn starting. She immediately relaxes as much as possible. "Yes Sir."

He walks around behind her and runs his fingers lightly up and down the outside of her pussy lips a few times. The burn is getting a bit intense, and she is trying to stay as relaxed as possible. And then his deep baritone voice vibrates across her soul as he gently says, "Clench and hold."

Does that sound like fun to you? Or something out of a nightmare?


3 comments:

  1. This was well written, and deserves a comment. I don't know that it sounds like fun to me, but not a nightmare either... more of a "maybe that would be fun to try once," kind of thing. But I think you made it sound about as attractive as its going to.

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