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Erotic asphyxiation a deadly fetish for some, intense pleasure for the lucky.

Updated on February 20, 2015

BDSM is nothing new, just the term "gasper" is.

The world of fetish is filled with risky and dangerous behavior, but that’s the appeal right? So it isn’t surprising that erotic asphyxiation also known as breath play usually performed by people called “gaspers” is making an appearance back in the world of S&M after suffering a long lull thanks to some bad press and a high profile accidental death that hit the news in 2009.

What is erotic asphyxiation?

Erotic Asphyxiation is the physical act of depriving your brain of essential oxygen and then experiencing a semi-hallucinogenic high called hypoxia followed by what gaspers would call a deep and lengthy orgasm, much more intense than a regular orgasm; allegedly as euphoric as the high you would get from using cocaine or heroin and just as addictive to those who participate in this risky bedroom behavior.


How do you perform erotic asphyxiation?

Erotic Asphyxiation is performed either alone or with a partner.

The “gasper” will use a rope or tie that is hung around the gasper’s neck and tightened until they almost lose consciousness, released at the exact moment before the participant is to experience an orgasm.

The list of items used is much longer than a tie or rope, it includes plastic bags, belts, a partners own hands and lastly but not limited to solvents (same items used by “huffers” people who inhale toxic gases to get a cheap high”.

Erotic Asphyxiation is by no means a new trend and has been responsible for as many as 250 to 1000 deaths each year just here in the United States, that does not include the hundreds or thousands of deaths every year that take place in other parts of the world. E. A. is extremely underreported due to being mistaken for suicides. It wouldn’t be a long shot to think that people even police or family members who find the body of someone who has passed due to erotic asphyxiation probably clean up the scene in order to give the decedent privacy and protection from ruined reputations or embarrassment the family might face due to the manner of death.

Erotic Asphyxiation has been reported as far back as the 1700’s and has caused the deaths of some very famous people. That list includes:

  • David Carradine a famous actor died in 2009

  • Ariel Castro the man who kidnapped and held 3 women hostage for up to 10 years before one of the woman was able to yell for help and escape. He died from erotic asphyxiation in an Ohio prison.

  • Reverend Gary Aldridge

  • Kevin Gilbert- songwriter and musician

That is just a few of the people who come to mind when speaking about erotic asphyxiation. If you plan to participate in this risky behavior please do not do this alone and make sure that the person you are “playing” with has experience in this activity and is responsible and knowledgeable enough to help you alive in the event you are unable to help yourself.

© 2015 Karen Ranoni


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