belt Check List is often the best way to make sure no essential
element gets left out of the scene. Writing this list shouldn't be a
chore. Whether it's done in partnership or in secret, checking over
the specifics can give hours of stimulating speculation. Not only worth
the effort; a whole lot of fun!
list might start with one of two questions:
What does it look like? or - what is it supposed to prevent?
Get that into focus for a start. (How practical is the fantasy of
being welded permanently into a cast iron jock strap if, in reality,
you can't even sit down without getting a hernia.)
This may be one of the main turn-ons. Should it involve something metal
and vaguely medieval; or be like a Victorian surgical corset, all horsehide
and rivets; or in shining modern hi-tech stainless steel?
Any device intended for actual use for even relatively short periods
of time, must be used with consideration of the wearer's physical safety.
The choice of material, although perhaps an essential part of the desired
dramatic effect, must be weighed against all practical considerations.
If abrasions are allowed to develop, pleasure can be denied to all concerned
for a matter of weeks.
When you have decided exactly what the device is supposed to do or to
prevent, you should perhaps experiment with improvised versions before
settling on a particular design. This way you can discover what does
or doesn't work for you.
The degree of escape-proofing is another reality which has to be faced.
A totally indestructible impregnable device is virtually impossible
in this day and age. Given access to a hacksaw, a pair of bolt cutters
or a friendly locksmith, no thoroughly determined victim need remain
how secure need the device you have in mind be?. Threat alone is often
enough to keep a victim wearing even the most uncomfortable device.
Additional restraints such as mitts and handcuffs can sometimes reduce
the number of locks needed. Of course if the hands are free and still
the device can't be removed without destroying it, the scene is intensified!
facts, leather straps can be cut; inexpensive locks can be picked. Metal
reinforced leather and top quality padlocks will add considerably to
Locks at every fixing point may make opening and closing a device a
very complicated process. This can be a potent part of your scene ...
or a downright irritation. The rules of the game are something that
only you can decide. (I deliberately refer to all S/M activity in
terms of a game. Although it can be as tough, demanding and painful
as ice hockey, football or boxing, if it ceases to be a game, the dangers
high or low security factors are on your list, the situation should
never arise that a belt is causing so much pain or physical damage that
the wearer must remove it at any price!.
functions and hygiene:
The most practical reality is the time factor when choosing
a device, because toilet functions have to be considered if it's to
be worn for periods of over five hours; particularly if the key holder
is not immediately available.
With the traditional 'T' shaped design both toilet functions are possible,
though really quite messy. A totally efficient design, particularly
if a butt plug is used, can make such body functions impossible.
of over five hours without relief, people with experience of bondage
for unspecified periods can usually devise their own solutions. Control
through diet, enemas or day/night urinal bags allow most situations
to be made possible. Having considered the points raised so far you
should by now have a clearer idea which device will allow which sort
(For expanded Check List ideas see the 'Check List' workshop notes
on the main Chastity Index)