I started the Edge of Vanilla blog about 5 years ago with the intention of it becoming a resource for people interested in “enforced” male chastity and orgasm denial, and mainly for those people who were primarily vanilla, or at least, weren’t interested in the bdsm dynamics. I felt the need to provide some sensible alternative to the stupid (even dangerous) advice given on dozens of blogs and web forums, especially since many of the advice givers themselves did not even appear to be in relationships, let alone to wear a device. Also, I began writing about very specific things with the small range of devices I had used, such as measurements and comparisons. Reviews of devices have been around for years, but I had hoped to include facts and data to make them more useful to people before they spent their money. And finally, I had hoped that I might be able to educate people about the fairly innocuous “gateway kink” of chastity and denial, even if they weren’t interested in trying it out; and in so doing, perhaps get people to understand that kink isn’t evil or dark or perverted, but rather, that it’s just another way for people to enjoy intimacy.
To those ends, I think I’ve had some success. Edge of Vanilla is one of the more widely read and referenced resources for male chastity (I’ve logged almost 1.2 million hits since I moved to WordPress, typically ranging from 600 to 1,000 per day), and I’ve had emails from dozens of people from around the US and UK who have been inspired and enlightened. And there are now several dozen blogs (well written and frequently updated) by people who use some aspect of enforced chastity in their daily lives, people whose lives have been enriched by embracing the kink. For example, Nipple-ring Dev and I teamed up to start Keyheld, a blog aggregate where you can find the latest updates from many bloggers interested in this. Thumper’s new (and growing) Chastity Forums continues to be a place of good advice, support, and yes, maturity and sanity. Sarah “Not a Mistress” Jameson wrote a a very good book on the subject. And you can find dozens of other links along the sidebar blogroll list. Dozens.
And it’s not just in this little corner of the web anymore, either. The CB6000 devices were well noted in popular mainstream news blogs a few months ago when they were featured at a major adult expo, and it is reputed (although I can’t find the sources) that chastity devices are the next most popular adult toy after dildos & vibrators. Hell, a few years ago, Chinese manufacturers decided that the market was good enough to invest in the very expensive molds in order to make counterfeit copies of the more well-known CB2000, 3000, and 6000 devices. I mean, how many do you expect to sell if you’re willing to spend $20,000 to $50,000 on that kind of equipment?
The point being that “enforced” male chastity, while not mainstream, is slowly moving from the little sub-basement in the kink world into, well, if not the atrium, at least to that little area near the food courts.
Which is why I have decided that my work here is pretty much finished, and it’s time to move on.
Chastity? Yeah, we used to do that, back when it was underground. Now it’s too commercial.
So, Mrs. Edge and I are going to spend time enjoying mutual orgasms, and my junk will get a much deserved rest from having various bits of plastic and metal fastened to it over the last ten years or so that we’ve been doing this. It was fun while it lasted, but now that you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an adult shop that’s selling not just one, but several varieties of devices, it’s time to explore those other little corners of the sub-basement.
Since chastity captions seems to be such a huge link draw for me, I’ll just leave one more captioned picture for the chastity aficionados to enjoy.