I was reading a post last month over at Sex N Fries about these people, and I instantly had a new favorite fetish.
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According to wikipedia as well as loonervision (warning, NSFW), the thrill of balloons can come in different ways. Some people live for the 'pop' while others love the sounds the balloons make when rubbing up against other objects.
The 'poppers' like to inflate the balloon until it pops, or use a sexy object to pop the balloon during points of the sexual experience. Stiletto heels, their lover, or just a needle can be used to pop the object. Just as long as it's done in an erotic manner. Non-poppers, however, keep the balloon inflated at all times during sex, and use it more as an environmental prop instead of directly involved in the act.
Wikipedia also mentions that most fetishes have a basis in phobias. Psychologists have done some minor research in fetishes to see if they spawn from childhood fears. For example, with Looners, the sound of a balloon's explosion may spark a sort of 'fight-or-flight' mentality, and that adrenaline rush is now seized as an orgasmic enhancement.
All I know is this: If I'm in the bedroom with my girl, and I pop a balloon in her face when she's close to climax, I'm getting my ass kicked. And I probably won't be getting any for a while...
There may be benefits to using large inflatables like Yoga Balls or wedges in the bedroom (angles and such...) but balloons by themselves don't really do it for me. Maybe if I were a part-time circus clown, things would be different.
I'd like to consider myself to be pretty open and adventurous when it comes to trying out new things, but I'm not getting a sexy vibe from balloons. Roleplay? Sure. A little S&M? When done right... Balloon animals? Doesn't seem like the time or the place. I understand the feeling of the rush people get when they hear the explosion, but there are other ways to get that same adrenaline kick. Public places, for example...
What say you, oh peanut gallery? While this subject fascinates me (from an outside perspective) I just don't see the sexual draw to this. Do any of you see this as remotely sexy? Do you like adding an adrenaline rush into your sexual escapades? If so, how? I always love hearing from you.
In the meantime, please enjoy this video from Durex condoms. While not incredibly sexy, it's still a damn funny vid to watch. PLUS it's full of 'sexy' balloon sounds...