This week, we’re going to take a moment to salute all of the people who take the time to slide themselves into tighter than tight rubber and latex outfits for sexual pleasure. A rubber latex fetishist, as they are known, is someone who is attracted to the sight, smell and touch of latex and rubber. This usually means rubber clothing and rubber accessories. They might want to wear and use the rubber themselves, or they might be attracted to other people wearing it. People attracted to latex and rubber are known as rubberists, or rubbermen, in the case of homosexual males.
Why rubber and latex?
There are different reasons that people might be attracted to rubber and latex clothing and accessories. For starters, it’s incredibly tight, so there is an element of bondage at play. The skintight nature can also give the wearer the feeling that they are naked. The constant contact with skin is also highly pleasurable. And finally, a lot of rubberists report being attracted to the distinct smell of latex and rubber. A lot of latex and rubber clothing is made with chemicals designed to enhance the natural smell.
Public or private kink?
For some people, it’s an incredibly private pursuit and they might enjoy it in the privacy of their own home, but others are far more sociable in their love of latex. Fetish events and sex parties are the ideal places to share your love of latex with other people in a non-threatening environment. Some people will also wear rubber items in their everyday life. Some people wear rubber underwear under their everyday attire, and others will wear rubber clothing out in public. Rubberists may also find themselves aroused by everyday objects, including medical gloves. They may also be attracted to people who wear skintight clothing as part of their job, including divers.
Introducing rubber play into your sex life
If you decide to introduce rubber play into your sex life, the first thing you will need to do is find a consenting partner. Not everyone understands or appreciates rubber and latex, so don’t spring it on your partner without warning. One of the easiest ways to try out rubber play is with items of clothing or underwear. If it’s very form-fitting, you might need talcum powder or a silicone-based lubricant to slip it on. Rather than grabbing at it with your fingers, use a flattened palm to push the garment into place. This will prevent tears in the fabric.
Rubber and latex clothing
There are many different types of rubber and latex clothing on the market. They come in different thicknesses, so if you’re worried how you’ll look in rubber, don’t worry, there is a style for you! Rubber can be very flattering, so shop around to find your style. Remember that thinner rubber has more stretch to it, but it’s also more likely to tear, so be careful with sharp jewellery and nails.
Rubber and latex accessories are also a great way to get a little kinky without buying a whole new wardrobe. Or, if you don’t fancy shimmying your way into a rubber suit. Toys like butt plugs or every bondage masks made of latex are a cheeky way to introduce rubber into your life.
Caring for your latex
Unfortunately, you can’t just bung it in the washer with the rest of your clothes. If you want your rubber and latex clothing to last and keep its gorgeous sheen, you’re going to need to follow the washing advice.
Exact care instructions may vary, but in general, you should hand wash your latex clothing in lukewarm water with a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and hang up to dry, avoiding contact with all metals as the garment dries. Once dry, peel apart the layers and sprinkle with talc to keep everything separated. Never leave your latex to dry in the sun and never store it in direct sunlight as this can cause the material to break down and lose its shine. While it might be tempting to use baby oil to give it a nice lustre, this can cause the rubber to break down. Instead, invest in a good quality silicone spray.
So what are you waiting for, why not go and pick out your new favourite outfit?