These days I’m a pretty big fan of hoods, and that’s something that’s changed for the better almost entirely due to my relationship with Hylas. I’m glad for it, because it adds a huge amount to the repertoire of potential play! But a hood on someone I don’t know well? That is still a challenge for me. I need a lot of communication, especially during sexual and/or kink encounters – and a hood takes facial expression away. So if it’s someone with whom I’m still learning to connect with, losing that avenue can make it very difficult for me unless they’re able to increase their verbal interactions to compensate – something that’s not always easy to do in a play headspace.
I wrote this in a post last December:
When I first met Hylas I had some internal challenges over his desire to wear hoods. He expresses so little verbally during our sexual interactions that I initially relied heavily on his expressions and his non-verbal responses, and by taking away his facial reactions, I was limited even more. A part of me also found the unmoving blankness of gas masks, zentai, and heavy rubber hoods disturbing to look at.
Over time that changed. Getting to know Hylas better – as a person, my pet, and a lover – helped. I began to read his more subtle non-verbal responses, and I learned that I could request (or order) verbal reactions when I needed them. And I began to appreciate the masks themselves, too.
There is, I’ve found since then, another bonus with hoods – and it’s something we’re still figuring out. It’s objectification: by taking away Hylas’ face it makes him feel less like a person (and more like an object to be sexually used). And it makes me feel freer and considerably more sadistic, often tripping towards top-space: here’s a delightfully rubber-wrapped toy I can play and have fun with – something I can use to wank over, or ignore, or torment as it suits me. How marvellous! Conversations afterwards suggest that this is something extremely hot for both of us.
There’s a lot of variety with hoods. Hylas has ones with removeable sections for mouth and eyes; ones with microholes for breathing so that it appears to be a solid piece of latex; ones shaped like various animals, moulded in rubber or soft and plushy. Below I’ve included photographs (with click-throughs) of a few not posted here before.
This heavy rubber head harness (which was purchased many years ago from the now defunct renate.com) comes with detachable mouth cover and blindfold. You can click-through to see the mouth section in place.
I find this hood (which is built over a gas-mask, and from wildgasmasks.com) incredibly hot – it’s the eyes, I think. Not that he can see much out of them, but the big black lenses really do it for me. This jackal can eat me up any day!
This is one of Hylas’ newest hoods, made by Latexa and bought from twistmyrubberarm.com. We had fun with it just this week! The red rubber actually covers the interior of his mouth (and I had fun fucking his mouth with my fingers). A click-through will show you the bonus thing he can do with it…
A Few Posts I’ve Written About Hoods
- This rabbit outfit counts as a hood too!
- The first time I tried to put on a latex hood
- Some hoods are great! This hood was terrible…
- Ailuros looks good in both his latex hoods and his furry ones
- Kicking arse as a luchador
Thanks to Jade, there’s going to be a separate KotW for gas masks. Yay!