It is my understanding that many wives, girlfriends or partners fail to appreciate the benefits of voluntarily agreeing to wear one of “his” favorite raincoats out for the evening, let alone wearing one in the bedroom later that night.
Personally, I believe that nothing says “I care about you” more than putting on one of his favorite raincoats just before leaving the house for a dinner date, trip to the shopping mall or even a weekend walk, whatever the weather outside. The smile of approval and return of affection is well worth the effort.
Based on my own personal experiences and observations, wearing for example a shiny black rubber or plastic raincoat (mackintosh) out in public attracts very little attention in this day and age. Perhaps one person in a hundred takes a second look, and that’s typically a middle-aged man with a smile on his face. To my way of thinking, the “kinky” connotations of wearing a shiny mackintosh out-and-about are well and truly behind us.
While I readily appreciate the fact that sometimes it can be hard to rekindle the spark of passion in a relationship, let alone persuade ones partner to start wearing a sexy raincoat on a regular basis, it can in my opinion be done.
My personal recommendation: plan a dinner date for two at an up-scale restaurant. Irrespective of the weather that night, ask “her” to take along (but not necessarily wear) one of your favorite raincoats in her wardrobe. Follow dinner with a movie, concert or old fashioned evening stroll. Make sure the raincoat is not the focal point of the evening (and certainly not a distraction). At the end of the evening, thank her for bringing the raincoat along, and briefly explain why you so adore seeing her dressed in any of her stylish rainwear and how much it truly means to you. Trust me, it takes a hard woman not to want to slip her raincoat on and seal the deal with a loving kiss.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
The first; Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power by Valerie Steele looks into the perceived connection between fashion and fetishism back in the 1990’s from kinky boots, corsets, and underwear (worn as outerwear) to second-skin garments (her words not mine) produced in latex rubber and leather. Ms. Steele is most definitely not the first academic or journalist to try and cover this somewhat complex subject and to be honest giving credit were credit is due, does a good job in addressing what is a very complex subject. She most definitely did her research.
Chapter six- Second skin has a sub-section titled ‘The Rubber Devotee’, which amongst other things discusses the attraction of rubber garments and particularly rainwear dating back over the past century. Ms. Steel includes some lines from readers letters published in both London Life and Rubber News which make for some interesting reading:
Mr. P ( from London) wrote to Rubber News to report that his friend Doris was happy to don a thick latex rubber “punishment suit” and submit to be being “tied in a complex way”.
Mrs. P (from Somerset) believes that “if wives only knew the hold they can exercise on their husbands by wearing rubber, more would do so; after all what is the difference in wearing rubber or silk panties if it pleases him. He may still look at other women dressed in rubber mackintoshes... but we have a mutual secret which we share and nothing can make up for that.”
According to Ms. Steel, “the invention of PVC was especially important because it made wet look possible, adding a new twist to the old enthusiasm for raincoats.” While I am not sure that I fully agree with this point of view, after all I have seen some pretty shiny black rubber mackintoshes over the years, I also believe that dressing for pleasure in rainwear is not just about dressing in “wet look” macs for sex but also about deriving pleasure in wearing a quality made traditional rubber surfaced or rubberized mackintosh or cape (or quality PVC mac) out on a long Sunday walk in the rain with the one you love. Very romantic and a lot of fun.
Fetish: Fashion, Sex & Power is a good read for those interested in gaining an insight into fetishism and how it relates to fashionwear etc.
My second summer read is The Complete Reprints of John Willie’s Bizarre (magazine) Volume 1-13 and 14-26 published by Taschen back in 1995. Beautifully produced in hardback with an introduction by photographer Eric Kroll, I thoroughly recommend this set to anyone interested in John Willie’s work dating back to the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Note: For those interested, I will post a review next week which includes discussing the sections featuring rubber rainwear etc.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Recently, I received such a story from an enthusiast which caught my attention for a number of reasons. First, the piece was very well written. Secondly, the author clearly knows his subject, describing in detail his characters (Jack and Kate’s) loving relationship which includes their many dressing for pleasure sessions in an ever-increasing collection of rubber mackintoshes and capes.
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Below is a short excerpt from this at times erotically charged story.
The next day, Jack had to attend a customer meeting and lunch so he left his home office just before 10:30am. Kate was busy doing laundry and finishing the unpacking and while she did so she took the opportunity to rearrange her closet to put all her macs together. First came the shiny white rubber A-line and next her navy blue rubberized satin. Her crimson rubberized polyester and her riding mac followed these. Last, but by no means least came the black rubberized satin cape. Kate debated on hanging her royal blue latex cape with the others but decided instead to lay it in one of her lingerie drawers. Finally she put all her boots on the closet shelf below the hanging rubber rainwear. Before closing the closet she could not resist trying the high rubber boots bought secretly by Jack.
She decided very early in the process that putting them on over bare skin was going to be next to impossible, so she slipped off her jeans and drew on a pair of thigh-high stockings. Then, after the application of a little talc, she sat on the bed, opened the side zipper and pointed her toe into the foot of the boot. A little wriggling brought success and she pulled up the zipper. The second was a little easier and with both boots in place, she stood up. Immediately, she almost had to sit down again as the heels were much higher than she was used to and the over-the knee rubber constrained the movement of her knees.
After a few minutes rest she returned the cape and boots to the closet and realized that only the sense of taste was missing, and she needed Jack for that.
Monday, June 24, 2013
As it turned out, he had committed no crime or civil violation other than placing a female mannequin in the shop window dressed in a shiny black rubber mackintosh. Somewhat embarrassed, the two police officers explained that their boss "wanted them to take a look around and find out what else was for sale in the shop." They found nothing which contravened any law and left after apologizing profusely.
A number of years later, John Sutcliffe of Atomage magazine (a true British national treasure) also had a visit from the police. This time they were not so friendly and John was eventually prosecuted for obscenity after publishing author Jim Dickson’s, "Story of Gerda" Book Two which the police found to be offensive after receiving a complaint from someone who had supposedly read the SM themed book.
Sadly, John felt he had no choice but to plead guilty. Unfortunately, as a consequence the court ordered all of the Atomage library of photographs (including negatives) featuring amongst other things rainwear enthusiasts dressed in rubber and vinyl mackintoshes and capes be destroyed.
John died a few years later, some say from a broken heart.
It’s hard to believe that anyone in this day and age would consider a woman dressed in a mackintosh and mask wielding a riding crop to be obscene. But then again, we do live in strange times.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Over the following weeks and months, this led me to believe, on reflection, that someone had simply borrowed my mackintosh in order to steal a night of dressing for pleasure and even possibly love making activities.