Monday, October 31, 2011

Review - Black Nitrile Exam Gloves

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

    -- William Shakespeare
When practicing spiritual sex, we become for a moment God and Goddess incarnate as we play and make love.  That's one element of our understanding and practice of Tantra.  If you haven't experienced it yet yourself, it's beautiful and it can be a religious experience, perhaps the closest we can come to the spiritual realm in this lifetime.

Yet, we are also frail and vulnerable.  There's no forgetting that we very much human.  So, there are a wide variety of times, for very human reasons, when it might be best to "glove up." Obviously then, today we are going from the very lofty principles of spiritual sex right on down to the dirty world of  fecal matter and STD's. 

For today's post, Serafina and I are going to have a frank discussion with our readers about disposable exam gloves, why they are an essential addition to your toy bag for safety and sanitary reasons, not to mention throwing in a review of some nice and inexpensive gloves for good measure.
latex and nitrile gloves come in a variety of colors and sizes (photo by Serafina Samadhi)
There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman's glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire.
    -- Honore de Balzac
There are a variety of reasons why folks would choose to wear disposable latex or nitrile gloves.  For instance, my previous submissive (aka ex-wife) insisted that her partners "glove up" before inserting anything more than two, or at most three bare fingers in her pussy.  Which leads us right into discussing one potential use of gloves, to help soften and smooth rough hands to protect areas of very sensitive flesh.

My ex-wife very much preferred the feel of the slick latex over bare skin when being fingered.  If you stop and think about the usual condition of some men's (and women's) hands, there is at least a little logic to her preference.  Rough callouses, torn or damaged cuticles, not to mention fingernails that aren't smooth, can be rather uncomfortable for most individuals when inserted into a pussy or ass.

The harder a person works outdoors with their hands, whether through an outdoor profession or via an outdoor hobby like gardening, the more likely the are to end up with rough calloused fingers and hands. And, it's not limited to just outdoor vocations.  I know that when I was working as a Chef my hands were anything but "baby soft."  A great number of professions have similar perils in terms of what their job will do to their hand texture, everyone from auto mechanics to zoo keepers can develop rough hands.

So, unless you happen to be a hand model, or are incredibly meticulous about keeping your hands perfectly manicured, you may run into individuals who prefer the feel of a glove to the feel of your flesh, at least when exploring their most intimate places.
more colorful glove art from the lovely Serafina (photo Serafina Samadhi)
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.
   -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Latex and Nitrile gloves can, of course, also act as a barrier to prevent the spread of infectious disease, in other words, actually serve the manufacturer's intended purpose.  Just as condoms are recommended for preventing the spread of sexually transmitted disease, latex and Nitrile gloves are also an effective way to stop the spread of STDs, not to mention they are also very convenient for serious ass play.

Anybody who's had any kind of serious medical exam likely has experience with medical personnel of all sorts using disposable exam gloves.  Due to the increasingly common occurrence of virulent diseases like MRSA Staph infections in modern hospitals, everybody from doctors and nurses to housekeeping and even administration have protocols for the use of disposable gloves when visiting patients.

Law enforcement officers also have protocols requiring the use of disposable gloves to help prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens.  Similar requirements exist for first responders such as EMT's and other ambulance personnel.

Obviously, if latex gloves are an effective way to help prevent the spread of disease for medical and emergency personnel, then they can serve the same purpose in a bedroom or dungeon.

Iron hand in a velvet glove.    -- Charles V

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