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Guide to Whips & Floggers

bondage whipDevo said it best “Whip it, whip it good!” This battle cry has excited both tops and bottoms, giving each the inspiration to shout “Yes, do it!” Now, they might be meaning different things, after all the tops are likely thinking of the "it" with an action of whipping while the bottoms want that "it" to be them!

This is the symbiotic relationship in BDSM. One wants what the other offers. And no act can exist without two willing participants. And when you start to move into more involved BDSM activities, there’s often a watershed moment that directs you to the desires you seek. If the thought of spanking or being spanked turns you on, there’s a good chance you’ve been on either side of whips and floggers.

What are whips and floggers?

If paddles are the entry into impact toys and canes and crops are the heavy-hitters, then whips and floggers could be considered the middle of the intermediate level of pain. They both diffuse sensation of a wider surface area and concentrate on numerous small spots for more intensity. Whips are long tools with a number of tendrils that stand firm. Floggers have a number of tendrils too, but they are loose and free flowing. Both toys are meant to be slapped down firmly against the skin. Both can also be used gently or sharply, depending on the sensation desired.

What experience level are whips and floggers meant for?

Whips and floggers are often a significant toy. Many folks who get into BDSM hit their comfort and pleasure spot when they work up to using whips and floggers. They are the stage in development that truly introduces a type of pain that stings and bites.

Paddles are more dull, but whips and floggers can truly centre pain in across the skin. For some, this is it, as far as they can go. For others, whips and floggers are just a step to the next pain threshold, canes and crops.

Can I explore my fantasies with a whip and flogger?

So much of our sexual fulfilment comes while we are laying down. With so much sex centred on activities in bed, it can be easy to forget that many hot and sexy things can happen standing up! Kinky things especially. Receiving licks from a whip or flogger is one of them. Both types of bondage toys can be extremely effective when a long or wide area of skin can be struck in one blow. Have your bottom stand, facing the wall, with their hands against it to brace themselves. If you put them in a corner, you can truly act out punishment fantasies!

What are whips and floggers made of?

Both whips and floggers are predominantly made from leather, and sometimes PVC or nylon. The handles can be a many different materials - depending if they also act as a butt plug or not. Silicone, glass and PVC all make great, multi-purpose handles.

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How can I use whips and floggers?

If you’re the top and have just purchased a whip or flogger (or both), the first thing you need to learn is how to swing your new toy. Some people like to wield their whips and floggers as if they were paddles: one big strike after another. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast. Others prefer a technique that is more stylized, almost spinning the toy in their hands, and possibly using two at the same time. The even, repetitive motion is softer than the previous method and can patiently build to delightful pain. Practice how you most feel comfortable and then ask what your bottom wants and needs.

Another great trick when starting with whips and floggers is to test the toy on yourself. Stretch your hand out and strike it with the toy. Do it a few times to really get a feel for what you will be swinging. Get a sense of how hard you can hit and if you think your bottom will like it. Try to set different swing strengths in your muscle memory.

Now that you’re ready to play, be sure to pick a space with lots of room. It is really easy to lose a sense of special awareness during sexy times and then scare yourself when you rear back and knock over a lamp with your flogger. It will also help, your bottom and your furniture, if your first few scenes are very slow and deliberate. Check in with your play partner frequently, and take time between swings to soothe your partner’s skin. Remember, there’s no rush at all and plenty of time to enjoy your whips and floggers.

How can I buy whips and floggers?

Is the thought of spanking someone or being spanked with a whip or flogger turning you on? We thought it might be. If you would like to buy your own, just head on over to our whips and floggers category: Buy Whips & Floggers.

Need more help?

Not quite sure if a whip or flogger is right for you and need a little help? Just Contact Customer Care and a staff member from the Cherry Banana team will be in touch right away to assist you. Alternatively, you can explore our other bondage and fetish guides here.

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