Guideline to Gags and Types

I have written about gags in the past, but as one of my most read posts, I thought that I would expand a little bit further into the subject itself! Because gags are actually rather versatile when it comes down to it given that there are so many types. So I thought I would go through them and get a little more complex than just your standard ball gag.

There are different gags for different situations and play. Some are made to fill the mouth, while others provide easier access by forcing the mouth to open further. This list is expansive and I have likely left a few out or missed one or two kinds in my search. Feel free to throw me a comment if you know of one that I might have looked over!

Playing with gags can be a risky activity. Make sure that before using them on yourself or with a partner that you understand the risks and safety of using them. If you’re looking for a guide, you can start from reading this one. There will also be general safety for some gags listed in here along with them because they are not covered in my first post.

I have gotten a rather large list, but I am sure that I have missed some. All links go straight to Stockroom as they have the largest selection I have been able to find of gags! This is not a sponsored post I just enjoy supporting all of my affiliates when I can!

Ball gag: This gag usually made of rubber or silicone in the shape of a sphere with a strap passing through its diameter. The most common diameter is 1¾ inches, but other sizes can be found. In use, the ball is strapped into the mouth behind the teeth, with the straps going around the head to secure it in place. If the ball is very large, it may be difficult to push it into place behind the teeth or to remove it. A ball gag’s purpose is more of humiliation rather than pure silence. The wearer can still be heard, but it renders their speech completely unintelligible, distorts their facial features, and, should the wearer attempt to talk, excessive drooling will result. This is the most common kind of gag.

Wiffle gag: is a simple ball gag that replaces the standard solid rubber ball with a light plastic ball similar to the one used for the game of floorball. It is generally safer because there is constant airflow. Very good for beginners and people who do not feel like having any sort of breathing restricted. Though still produces many of the effects of a normal ball gag.

Bit: Styled like the bit used in a bridle for a horse, and much of its sexual appeal stems from pony play though some come shaped like bones to also be able to be used for puppy/pet play. It consists of a bar that is held in place in the wearer’s mouth by straps or other devices. Unlike the metal bit that is most common in horse bridles, the bar of a bit gag is usually a soft rubber cylinder. It is not very effective in hindering speech unless combined with mouth stuffing, although it will make it somewhat more difficult for the wearer to produce coherent speech. Occasionally reins are attached. Because of the possibility of injury to the lips and teeth, the bit gag is not suitable for rough play.

Butterfly: a butterfly gag is a wing shaped gag, that is usually inflatable by means of a rubber bulb. The central part fits behind the teeth to fill up the mouth, while the wings go between the teeth and the lips. The gag inflates in the shape of a butterfly. This kind of gag is very hard to keep in the wearer’s mouth; use of an O-ring in front of the gag strapped to the back of the head will hold the butterfly gag in place. It is a rather extream gag is often used in extream play as well.

Cleave: Variant of the OTM (Over The Mouth) gag is called the cleave gag. Instead of being tied over the person’s mouth, the scarf or cloth is pulled between his or her teeth. While such a gag of thin material is not very effective, a thick scarf can be used to hold his or her mouth open, and the tighter that gag is tied the better it works, although no matter how tightly it is tied, the gagged person can usually spit it out quickly if need be. It can be used effectively, however. But even when it is applied properly, the gagged person can still nearly say the words they are trying to say, but it just comes out muffled. Occasionally a knot is tied in the center of the gag so it works more like a ball gag.

Detective / over-the-mouth (OTM): the basic over-the-mouth gag. This type of gag is often described in fiction as preventing the subject from speaking, using soft materials like scarves and bandannas. In practice, it does not silence the subject much if at all, only really muffling the sound slightly. The long scarf or bandanna is pulled over the subject’s mouth and tied at the back of his/her head.

Bandit / over-the-nose (OTN): a bandit gag covers the mouth as well as the nose, and is commonly used in Japan and on many cartoons. Without stuffing, it is not very effective. Also known as an over the nose and mouth gag. Its name is due because it looks similar to a bandit mask.

Forniphilic gag: This type of gag has the primary purpose of objectifying and/or humiliating the wearer. The gag becomes a mounting point for a tool or other device which allows a submissive to perform a task or service for their Dominant. When employing the gag, the submissives’ hands are usually bound behind them so they have no other option than to control the tool with the gag. In order to provide stability and to allow the slave to control the tool, a muzzle gag with a mouthpiece is commonly used as a base for attaching the tool. Types of tool or device can be but are not limited to:  sex toy, ashtray, toilet brush, feather duster, boot or floor brush.

Funnel: a funnel gag consists of a funnel with a tube leading from its spout into the mouth, usually with straps to hold the tube in. Such a gag is used to force the bound person to drink a fluid, so it is easy to choke on the forced liquid and proper safety should be looked into. Making sure to know how to remove the gag quickly even if that means cutting the straps of the gag if the gagging leads to using safe signal.

Hand: a hand over the mouth can be used as a gag. When hand gagging someone, a person usually grabs the victim from behind since the victim cannot see this coming. Then, the person firmly places their unfolded hand over the victim’s closed mouth, normally leaving the nose uncovered so they can breathe. This then allows them to pull the other person into them for extra leverage and control during play.

Harness: A harness gag encircles the whole head, and the straps are generally secured by buckles that fasten at the back. Head harnesses are most commonly used to provide points of attachments to secure various kinds of gags, such as ball gags, bit gags, muzzle gags and ring gags. Although they have other uses, such as providing attachment points for other forms of bondage or may be used simply for their psychological effect. Head harnesses may also function as a gag by themselves, by restricting the ability to open the mouth or have a mouth cover as an integral part. Head harnesses, like many other forms of bondage, also have the effect of creating a sense of objectification and erotic helplessness in the wearer, which can be erotic for the wearer, or for those observing them. Many head harnesses are designed with straps that pass in front of the wearer’s eyes, restricting their vision, and further increasing the sense of objectification and erotic subjection.

Inflatable: An inflatable gag is usually a rubber balloon which is inflated by a hand valve. Most inflatable gags will not hold in the gagged person’s mouth well, so the gag is usually paired with a ring gag to keep it in place. It does not often inflate as much as a butterfly gag will, only becoming a ball shape rather than filling the mouth to the cheeks.

Knotted: a knotted gag is a blend of the ball and cleave gags. The scarf either has a knot tied in the middle and placed in the gagged person’s mouth or is an over the mouth (OTM) gag placed backward with the knot tied inside the person’s mouth. The knotted gag is able to soak up the saliva that the ball gag does not and can be easily washed for reuse. Knots can be doubled or tripled to fit the size of the gagged person’s mouth. Very useful for an on the go gag or when you cannot have toys/accessorizes with you.

Medical: Bondage pornography also depicts the use of medical gags such as the Whitehead gag and Jennings gag in BDSM contexts. Such gags allow unlimited access to the mouth. They stop coherent speech but do little to silence a person. They also keep a person from moving their head around due to the sides often having parts that protrude out from the gag itself.

Mouth corset: a mouth corset is a type of neck corset that covers both the neck and the mouth. Incorporating a gag into a neck corset presents a few safety issues: should the wearer begin to choke, it is not easy to remove the gag quickly. For this reason, most mouth corsets use a simple muzzle gag that merely covers the mouth and does not force anything into the mouth, thus minimizing the risk. Despite not forcing anything into the mouth, mouth corsets are usually very effective in gagging the victim due to the fact that the chin piece prevents the wearer from opening their mouth and dislodging the gag and the lacing at the back of the corset allows the gag to sit tightly against the mouth making a very effective seal. Very effective for silencing completely when compared to other gags.

Muzzle:  A muzzle gag works in a similar way as an OTM gag, only that they are usually made of leather, are fastened around the head with buckles and straps, and cover the lower part of the face. They have different shapes and colors, depending on the manufacturer. It is so called because it resembles a muzzle used on animals, with a flexible pad which straps over the mouth, and sometimes also around the cheeks and chin. Muzzle gags have a strong psychological effect on some people, because of the association of being restrained in a way generally associated with animals. Restricting movement of the jaw and covering the cheeks can both increase the efficiency of a gag. It is difficult to draw the line between a muzzle gag and a head harness with attached gag.

Penis gag: a penis gag is a gag that has a bulge resembling a phallus or a nipple that is placed into the mouth to enable the wearer to suck on it in a manner similar to an adult pacifier. The use of a phallus shape is intended to give it an erotic connotation, but it may be a large knob similar to a ball gag or it may be inflatable. The gag may be wide and flat and large enough almost to fill the mouth, intended to depress the tongue. To keep the gag in the mouth, it is usually paired with a ring, muzzle or panel gag attached to a strap that buckles behind the head.

Ring: a ring gag is similar to a ball gag, except that the ball is replaced by a hollow ring. The ring reduces the risk of choking and allows access to the mouth. Oral sex may be performed if the ring is big enough. A ring gag will cause the subject to drool uncontrollably, this often being the purpose of the gag.

Rope: a rope gag consists of a length of rope wound multiple times through the mouth of the person being gagged – similar to a cleave gag. Soft rope, such as nylon, works well for the comfort of the person being gagged, but rougher rope, such as hemp, will scratch the lips quite a bit. Rope gags can be made into a part of a full-body tie as well if the person binding the “victim” up uses the same length of rope for the gag as he does for the tie.

Spider Gag: a variation on the ring gag, the spider gag is also called a 2nd generation ring gag. The ring has hooks on the sides so as to keep the wearer from flipping the ring horizontally in their mouth. Unlike the ring gag which can be easily flipped, a spider gag is essentially functional and non-decorative. Generally, these gags have interchangeable rings so as to accommodate both the wearers’ mouth and the size of any object that might be inserted through the ring.

Stuff: a stuff gag is very similar to, and works in the same way as, the ball gag. The person’s mouth is stuffed with handkerchiefs, scarves, socks, hosiery, panties, bandanas or any item rolled into a ball, acting as a stopper. To reduce the chances of choking, the stuff gag is never pushed all the way into the person’s mouth. Instead, a large part of it hangs out of the mouth, allowing the top to pull it out easily when he/she has to.

Tape: a tape gag involves the use of sticky tape over the mouth. The most commonly used types are duct tape, gaffer tape and PVC tape from two to three inches wide. Tape gags are the simplest gags to apply. If the wearer blows while the tape is on it makes it easier to remove, making it not the most effective gag. To better secure the tape, a long strip of tape can be wrapped around the lower part of the person’s head. A strip from ear to ear under the jaw restricts jaw movement, making the gag more effective. However, the tape can cause the skin on the lips to be ripped off and it can irritate the lips and cause fever blisters in those who have dormant fever blisters or cold sores. The tape can also rip hair off when wrapped around the head. The longer the tape is left on, the harder it will be to remove from the skin. Though many prefer ball gags and bit gags during bondage play, tape gags are often used when neither is available.  While tape gags can be combined with stuff gags for extra effectiveness, it is easy for one to choke on the stuffing inside of the mouth.

Tube: a tube gag uses a tube instead of a ring. It allows easy breathing but not much mouth access. It is also possible to have a tube through the ball of a ball gag.

Whitehead gag: a Whitehead gag, also called a mouth spreader gag or a dental open mouth gag, is a device to hold the mouth open.

These are all the ones that I have been able to look up and find as a blogger, as you can see the world of gags is a vast one! So if it is an intrest of yours as it is mine, get out there and enjoy it! Just remember to be safe when you do it!

About scarletrosefox

A late 20's kinky geek. Submissive. Bisexual. Writer. Lover of Corsets. Reviewer.
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