Monday, May 3, 2010
The pillory has always been an intrigued me as a bondage device. It has a very simple yet effective design that dates back hundreds of years and keeps the victim in a completely helpless and exposed state in addition to its physical discomforts. I think what I find most interesting about the pillory was the way it was implemented: to put criminals or wrong-doers on public display with an emphasis on humiliation.
While being immobilized in an uncomfortable position is very taxing on the body it was likely equally painful to experience the jeers and insults of onlookers, and in some cases, their physical attacks would contribute to the pain and feelings of helplessness.
The pillory is still commonly used in the BDSM community as a restraint device and in my opinion, it is probably the most versatile piece of dungeon furniture when it comes to various types of play, punishment, or inspection. A sub in a pillory is totally exposed, leaving free access to his nipples, genitals, and ass. They are in a position to be humiliated by observers, unable to escape their expressions, words, and invasive touches. A Domme can also inflict punishment by simply walking away, leaving the sub to stew in his thoughts while helplessly immobilized and isolated.