In Fifty Shades of Grey, author E L James spins an erotic tale of pain, pleasure, submission, and domination. Her protagonist Anastasia is a virginal and inexperienced college senior who is just taking her first steps into the real world, while her love interest Christian is a successful billionaire who is very sexually experienced.
Of course as devoted readers know, he is more than just sexually experienced. In fact, his sex life is something most people only ever dream about.
Christian is a “dom” in the BDSM world (which includes bondage, dominance, submission, and masochism), meaning that he wants to completely dominate his sexual partners. He wants them to submit to his every whim, even outside the bedroom. From bondage to spanking to sex toys, few things are off-limits to Christian.
However, Christian plays it vanilla and aboveboard in the rest of his life. As a billionaire businessman, his image is very important to him and he goes to great lengths to ensure that his private life stays private. He even has his “subs” (his submissive sex partners) sign a contract promising not to sue him or divulge any part of his secret life to the public.
Additionally, to keep all his toys and secret tools safe, Christian created the Red Room of Pain. It’s a private room in his luxury abode where he houses all his naughty sex aids, and it’s where he brings Ana to introduce her to his secret life. When she enters the red room, she can hardly believe her eyes.
The Red Room of Pain is home to many erotic and even unusual sexual paraphernalia, including:
Canes: No, not the kind you use to walk with! Caning might sound painful, but many BDSM lovers report that it is a mutually enjoyable activity, whether it is used for spanking, flogging, or even insertion!
Cat-o’-nine-tails: Cat-o’-nine-tails come in many shapes and sizes, though most BDSM floggers are made out of erotic fabrics like leather. When used on a submissive, a dominant can create the perfect combination of pain and pleasure.
Whips: Whips can be as exotic and luxurious as their owner, and in Christian’s case he has a wide variety that he can use to “punish” Ana with.
St. Albert’s Cross: This cross is a BDSM favorite that can be used to take bondage to its most erotic heights. Christian ties Ana to a St. Albert’s cross in one of the most sexual and intense scenes. If you want to try something similar in your own bedroom, you can check out sex furniture that comes equipped with bondage tools.
Although most people won’t devote an entire room in their house to sex toys and BDSM gear, the Red Room of Pain has inspired many couples to discover their own inner “doms” and “subs” — even if it is just in their own fantasies!