Leather. It's hot, but does it turn you on?

LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Rabbit White says leather is the ultimate masculine fashion statement. Is she right?

What about the history of leather culture as a traditionally gay niche? Is this true today or has leather culture evolved to be all-inclusive?

What is leather to you? A fetish, a lifestyle or just a fashion statement?
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Sir Sir
Leather is all of those to me. I've been a leather fetishist from when I was born. When I was a little boy, my parents used to hold pleather and leather to my nose, and I would pick out of many which were "real" leather and which were not.

My uncle, who died when I was very young, was also a leather fetishist, and he was big in the gay BDSM culture in New York. I take after him in many aspects. I love leather for wear, I love it just to smell it. I identified as homosexual for many years, so whether or not my love for leather has something to do with that, I am not sure. I do not believe that it does though. My father and mother, who are heterosexual, are also into leather, though they do not partake in that any longer. My father has his leather pants in the back of his closet, and my mum has her leather full-body harnesses somewhere in her closet.

Even though I absolutely love leather, and it does get me excited to wear it, I do not enjoy seeing it on my little girl because I enjoy for her to be more cutesy (she only wears leather in corsets, cuffs, and collars). For me though, it is a very masculine fashion statement. Even if I do not wear full leather garments, or wear leather pants or suits every day, I constantly have it somewhere on my person. I wear leather belts daily, own leather wallets, and will only wear leather gloves when it is cold. I have two leather ties as well, but I do not wear them often. Leather is something that is a must have for me, end of discussion.

Leather does not only express my masculinity, it expresses my dominance. I have had a couple of people shocked by the fact that I am not only into BDSM, but a Daddy and a sadist. I apparently look "vanilla." I personally feel that this is how it should be - I know what I am, and if they cannot tell that I use my leather belt to give my partner a beating with, then that's just a shame. For me, however, I know exactly what I do with my leather pieces of clothing, and that alone makes me satisfied.

I do not feel that, today, leather is only for the gay BDSM community. Not at all, no. Plenty of heterosexual men enjoy wearing leather, I do not think that it necessarily has to do with sexuality. Perhaps originally, it started out as this, but my parents are fairly old and they were in the leather scene from a young age, same time as the gay leather community was rising. Perhaps, like the article stated that a masculine community isn't very much talked about, a straight leather community dating back to those times also is not talked much about.
02/04/2010
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I like leather but not because of its appearance.. its scent. Which isn't masculine or gay to me at all.. just yummy
02/04/2010
Envy Envy
I like leather straps, like belts, cuffs, etc, but not as clothes to wear, not even as a trench. Too heavy and constricting.
02/04/2010
Sephymuffins Sephymuffins
The only time I'd wear leather would be if I were wearing a corset. I have a waist clincher in lamb skin, actually.

For some reason to me, when I think of like.. leather pants and the like, I ALWAYS thing of the homosexual scene and I don't know why. I've never thought leather clothing was really attractive, aside from the obvious leather jacket. But pants, shirt, ties? Nah, that's not too "hot" for me.

However, I am pretty obsessed with it and its smell. I love the smell of leather, true leather. It's so good.
02/05/2010
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
I like leather and the smell of it. I have a wallet and a purse in leather for fashion, but nothing actually wearable. I am considering the option. Though I tend to associate black leather to hardcore BDSM. I would probably go in red, think corset or Jaguar, if I would go there. Not ready for black for the moment. Maybe one day, who knows.
02/05/2010
deceased deceased
When I was in a band I owned more black leather than anyone has a right to....but at 47 and in a different profession and in a climate where most of the population wheres flip flops all the time, leather does not happen anymore. I know its not p.c., but I enjoy being the top of the food chain. I'm definately not a vegetarian.
02/05/2010
deceased deceased
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Originally posted by Sir
Leather is all of those to me. I've been a leather fetishist from when I was born. When I was a little boy, my parents used to hold pleather and leather to my nose, and I would pick out of many which were "real" leather and which were ... More
I love the smell of leather, but I don't associate it with masculinity. I guess I've always expressed my masculinity through sports like boxing or weightlifting. Or fixing friend's broken toilets and garbage disposals and stuff.
I don't think I could belt a woman.
My Dad used to belt us if we cried as toddlers. He told us if we did cry he'd beat us till we bled. So I learned never to cry. When I do see people cry or show pain I think "weak".
I do think of leather as a male gay thing because of all the gay males in Philly who wear it. The only black leather I do own these days would be a belt, and a pair of shoes. I've got 30 year old tattoos on my big old arms, black leather would make me look like a gang banger. Or a gay man.
02/05/2010
Sammi Sammi
I love leather. The smell, the feel, everything about it. While my husband doesn't like to wear it, he loves when I do.

I've always associated it mainly with bikers.
02/05/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
I'm with Sammi-- the scent and feel is something to love. However, for some reason I've always associated leather clothing in general with a rougher type of person. Black leather jacket="bad boy", leather chaps="rugged cowboy type", etc. etc.
And in a bedroom scene, leather usually stands for dominance to me.

Is it a turn? Sometimes, but there are some people who just do not wear it well, and the first thought that pops to mind when I see them in leather is "wannabe".
02/05/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Argh!!! "Is it a turn?" should have been "Is it a turn ON?". Sheesh I'm lame as hell tonight!
02/05/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
Argh!!! "Is it a turn?" should have been "Is it a turn ON?". Sheesh I'm lame as hell tonight!
Pssst, did you know you can now edit your post on the forum if it is the last post made?
02/05/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Pssst, did you know you can now edit your post on the forum if it is the last post made?
Didn't notice the extra link until I made a post to ask you how to do it... this is an edited post
02/06/2010
Liz2 Liz2
I just love the smell of leather as well as the touch esp in regard to sexual related objects. My leather harness is almost an immediate turn-on for me as are leather cuffs.
I also have a pair of black leather pants, I just love to wear them, they make me feel so damn hot.
02/07/2010
inkd inkd
Quote:
Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Rabbit White says leather is the ultimate masculine fashion statement. Is she right?

What about the history of leather culture as a traditionally gay niche? Is this true today or has leather culture evolved to be all-inclusive?

What is ... More
i find sexy.. love it!
01/09/2011
inkd inkd
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Originally posted by Sephymuffins
The only time I'd wear leather would be if I were wearing a corset. I have a waist clincher in lamb skin, actually.

For some reason to me, when I think of like.. leather pants and the like, I ALWAYS thing of the homosexual scene and I ... More
i lovee the smell of leather too!
01/09/2011
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