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Vintage French spanking photo from the Ostra Studio (c. 1930s).


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Drawings Gallery #184
An F/f spanking with a swimming glove, by Arkham-insanity.

A glove is an item of clothing that covers the hand. Some are designed for purely practical purposes, such as leather work gloves or rubber dish-washing gloves that are worn for protection. Others, primarily for women, are decorative items that serve as a fashion accessory.

Types of gloves[edit]

Gloves have separate sheaths for each finger and the thumb. Gloves which do not have separate finger openings are called mittens. Gloves which have an opening but no covering sheath for each finger are called fingerless gloves, and if they have one large opening rather than individual openings for each finger, they are sometimes called gauntlets.

Elbow-length opera gloves, in black or white satin, were worn on formal occasions by fashionable European and American women from the 1850s through the 1900s. More recently, new varieties made from leather and synthetic materials have become part of fetish fashion. The gloves, which add to an image of authority and power, have become part of the standard dominatrix ensemble. They are worn by professional dommes, performers in BDSM fetish films, and alternate lifestyle couples who engage in costume roleplay fantasies.

Gloves can be made from a wide variety of materials: knit wool, various types of fabric, lace, leather, rubber, PVC, latex, etc.

Gloves and BDSM[edit]

In BDSM, the top may wear a glove for the following purposes:

Spanking wearing a glove[edit]


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Nancy (Comics Gallery #5)
Scene from the comic strip Nancy.
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It is often wrongly thought that spanking wearing a glove, e.g. a thin or thick leather glove, would make the spanked bottom hurt more and the spanking hand hurt less. In fact, wearing a glove means less pain for both partners because the layer of material absorbs much of the impact. So the spanker will feel less, but also the spankee. Wearing a glove might "look dominant" but makes the spanking actually milder than a bare-hand-spanking.

In the eccentric 1988 British film Track 29, Sandra Bernhard is a nurse who regularly spanks Christopher Lloyd, who plays a perverted doctor, while wearing either rubber or leather gloves.

Gloves for the bottom[edit]

There are also scenarios where the bottom is made to wear gloves: