Erotic Asphyxiation seems to have been the driving force behind David Carradine's death. Do you engage in it? Have you tried it? And would you try it? All while knowing that it could kill you?

Average Joe Average Joe
"Thai police are now reporting that when they found David Carradine dead and naked in his closet, the rope that was tied around his neck was connected to a rope tied to his genitals — and they believe his death may have been caused by accidental suffocation during a masturbatory sex act.

The Associated Press reports that Pornthip Rojanasunand, director of Thailand's Central Institute of Forensic Science, said Mr. Carradine may have died during a masturbatory sex act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation — cutting off oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal."

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What are your thoughts on Erotic Asphyxiation?

What are your thoughts on David Carradine's death?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I engage in it often.
8
I've tried it and enjoyed it.
26
I've tried it and did not enjoy it,
4
I would like to try it because it sounds highly pleasurable.
5
I would like to try it because the danger of accidentally killing myself sounds exciting.
3
I would not try it for fear of dying.
77
I would not try it because it just doesn't sound exciting.
82
Other
7
Total votes: 212 (154 voters)
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06/05/2009
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Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I think it sounds interesting but would probably not try it because I do know how dangerous it can be.
06/05/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Depends on if you mean erotic asphyxiation of any kind or the autoerotic kind.
06/05/2009
deceased deceased
This is also how Michael Hutchinson died (NXS band). Its an embaressing death, really.
06/05/2009
Gary Gary
David Carradine was fucking awesome and it is truly a shame that he is dead; but seriously, (though I am sure few people will agree with me) what an awesome way to go out. Me personally, since it is very unlikely that I would go out in either a gunfight or a sword duel, my next choice would be during an act of sexual gratification (and preferably at that instance of intensity!).
06/05/2009
Rose Unlocked Rose Unlocked
My ex did it to me before and I really didn't like it. It was not the best experience I went though.
06/05/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
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Originally posted by Gary
David Carradine was fucking awesome and it is truly a shame that he is dead; but seriously, (though I am sure few people will agree with me) what an awesome way to go out. Me personally, since it is very unlikely that I would go out in either a ... More
I completely get where you're coming from. While during a sexual act isn't on the top of my list, and this one in particular is even lower, I definitely see the appeal. Especially if it meant I didn't have to go though Goo Gobblin Granny phase! XD

To answer the poll, though, while I'm interested by very gentle breath play, it would only possibly be with someone I trusted with my life, never alone, and I'm not interested in getting even remotely close to dangerous kinds breath play. Honestly, I'll probably leave it inside my head for safety reasons.
06/05/2009
Gary Gary
Hahahahaha!!! I think being found dead on top of Goo Gobblin Granny would be the worst way to go for sure, even worse than dying on the toilet.
06/05/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
Hahahahaha!!! I think being found dead on top of Goo Gobblin Granny would be the worst way to go for sure, even worse than dying on the toilet.
Oh the horror!
06/05/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I wouldn't dare try something as risky as recreational asphyxiation alone. If I'm going to do something that could potentially kill me, I'd want my partner there to "spot" me, at the very least. Avoiding pointless death is pretty high on my priorities.
06/05/2009
Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
If it were me, all I could hope for is that I'd at least orgasm before I died...
06/05/2009
BrokeNHorny BrokeNHorny
A friend of mine died during this and left behind a wife and two kids. Its really scary stuff if it goes wrong. It is, of course, a shame to see Carradine go. I loved his work, and wish that his death could have been more dignified. May you rest in peace, Kwai Chang Caine, Bill, and all the other characters that belonged to a great man.
06/06/2009
Liz2 Liz2
A neighbor, 16yr old guy, died this way a few years ago. A brilliant kid who just graduated from HS and was going to college that fall with a full scholarship. No way no how for me!
06/06/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Autoerotic asphyxiation is just plain dangerous.

Breath play with a partner isn't much safer but we do indulge in it on occasion and I enjoy it a lot. It's a lot more about power and fear than the actual sensation of it, though.
06/06/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Autoerotic asphyxiation is just plain dangerous.

Breath play with a partner isn't much safer but we do indulge in it on occasion and I enjoy it a lot. It's a lot more about power and fear than the actual sensation of it, though.
I think this is important. Partner asphyxiation isn't really any safer.

And death doesn't necessarily have to occur because something went "wrong" - even if that is usually the case with death by autoerotic asphyxiation. You can die from it even if you do it exactly the same way as you have you 100 times - like huffing.
06/06/2009
bunky bunky
A friend and partner did this, I cannot say how often, but on a regular basis, I am sure. I had my share of fantasies about it as well, but never tried it. The risk for error is too great. Because, as with my friend, it only takes once to go too far. I miss him very much even though it's been two years since his death. At the time, his girls (as we were all a poly group) were out of town and he did this by himself. It's still saddens and angers me that he would do something like that, alone, having been a responsible Dom in other situations and well-versed in a great deal of BDSM play.

Because of the risk and the memory of my loss - I think, even though the idea is still exciting to me - I will never try it - and certainly not alone.
06/07/2009
deceased deceased
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
Hahahahaha!!! I think being found dead on top of Goo Gobblin Granny would be the worst way to go for sure, even worse than dying on the toilet.
It doesn't get any more embaressing than that.
06/10/2009
Raven Raven
I may do some things that seem weird or out there to some, but I have never had a desire to do something where there was a risk of dying. For me, it is SO not worth it, even if the risk is minor. But I am in awe of those who enjoy taking the risk.
06/16/2009
Czechmate Czechmate
My ex-girlfriend liked it, but we took all safety measures possible. She would lay on the bed on her back with her head hanging over the edge. I would have her legs over my shoulders as I fucked her and one hand around her throat. One of her hands was always on my outer thigh so she could "tap-out" if she was getting close to passing out...thus signaling me to release my grip. I wasn't much into giving this kind of "pleasure" to her, but she insisted. From her perspective, the goal wasn't to pass out but rather to become very light-headed at the point of orgasm...and she claimed that the light asphyxia made it feel many times better.
06/26/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
There are so many things that can go wrong...even with choking type breath play repeated pressure on the arteries of the neck can lead to clotting issues and stroke or death. For me it's too much risk for even an intense rush. That and I am claustrophobic and the condition gets aggravated when I feel as though I can't breathe so I tend to shy away from those types of play.
That being said I would still love to see the looks on people's faces if I went to the great beyond after doing something completely, wildly, sexual! What a way to go, provided you had the big "O" just before! The evil side of me is demanding equal representation LOL!
06/26/2009
DreamyLove DreamyLove
I would never try it. Scares the hell out of me.
06/27/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
(Warning: Long post. I got academically interested in something and did some research.)

After this was mentioned in a class I was taking, I did a little reading on this, out of curiosity. (Ok, I'll be honest... I did web research for most of an afternoon, because I like research) It turns out that what we're describing as Erotic Asphyxiation is only a part of the whole range of activities that fall under that umbrella. Most of them are dangerous, in some way, especially those done alone. I won't go into them all here, as a quick google search will turn up many of them, but what fascinated me is that there is actually a form of erotic asphyxiation that is almost completely safe:

Holding your breath.

Just holding it. Not going underwater while holding it, or having someone "help" by holding your nose and mouth closed, nothing. Just holding your breath until you become lightheaded. Some children hold their breaths as a kind of temper tantrum, until they actually pass out, on a regular basis, and doctors will tell the parents that there's nothing to worry about (just don't give in to the child's demands to stop them, because no one wants a spoiled kid).

To illustrate why this is safe for most people: It's common knowledge that without oxygen, brain cells begin to die. This begins after approximately 4-6 minutes without oxygen. So, to kill brain cells, you'd need to hold your breath for over 4-6 minutes. But most people can't get past 2/2.5 minutes; synchronized swimmers, who train to hold their breath longer, often top out at 4, and some Navy Seals have been trained up to 6. For most people, as long as you're not under water or being prevented from breathing, either the breathing reflex takes over when the CO2 levels in your blood pass a certain threshold, or you start breathing again when you pass out, both of which will happen to the untrained in about 3 minutes.

Holding your breath, on land, without any help, is only dangerous if you have severe, acute heart problems, especially arrhythmia. Those with issues like claustrophobia, as Airen mentioned, may experience responses related to their claustrophobia, but while not fun, it won't cause brain damage. For everyone else, as far as I was able to research, your breathing reflexes WILL take over before you cause any damage. Now, I know this doesn't have the fetish appeal of gags or nooses or strangulation or gas masks, but it is medically considered safe.

(that being said, if your doctor tells you not to hold your breath because of a medical condition you have, follow their instructions. Just because I couldn't find it on PubMed doesn't mean it doesn't exist)
07/10/2009
El-Jaro El-Jaro
"The last the that Neil remembered was that he was...."

Legend of Neil, funny as Hell!
11/19/2009
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
Definitely no, but only for the fear of death.
02/06/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
It's common in our play. Doesn't last for more than a few seconds and if I stop making noises he knows to let go.
02/06/2011
dhig dhig
Not my thing
02/06/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
Neither of us have done this and we don't want to either.
02/06/2011
Free Free
I would never really chance my life. I may participate in breath play, but not this.
02/10/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
Not my thing! It seems scary and I could not put myself or my partner in danger.
02/11/2011
Dusk Dusk
I certainly wouldn't try out autoerotic asphyxiation (too dangerous!) but I love breath play with my partner. We both play it safe and I know my limits.
02/11/2011
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