Bondage Stocks and Pillories

There are all types of fantasies and kinks in the world. There are as many different desires as there are people. For me, having my ass in the air and being fully exposed is where it is at for me. This includes everything from doggy style to spanking benches.

Bondage stocks and pillories can certainly do the trick and as such, they have become popular in the worlds of BDSM and just horny people.

Traditionally stocks were not for BDSM, but for a form of punishment through restraint and public humiliation. It is funny how things change. What was a punishment in one context can be incredibly hot in another. The difference is consent.

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Yeah, I have nightmares about being tied up or restrained in any way- truth. But the stocks, with my hands tied and by my back and exposed to my partners, is erotic. I asked my husband why he likes the stocks and he says that my hands are not free to interfere. He said, “I can stimulate you, tease you and make you squirm, and you can't move or get your hands in the way.”

Everyone has different likes and different things that work for different people.

Modern Bondage Stocks

After a couple of hundred years, cultural changes and modern marketing, bondage stocks are not at all what they originally were. Stocks today are a term that generally means a device that locks your head and hands in a fixed position with something like a large piece of wood or metal. These devices include what was in the past stocks, pillories and a few styles created in the modern-day just for BDSM pleasures. The technical differences in stocks can be found at the end of this article.

Thankfully we have moved beyond those awkward looking bondage torture devices of 500 years ago. We have advanced to a slightly more erotic and “comfortable” devices.

One exciting change that has happened is in many cases the arm and head holes in the pillory have been lowered. This puts the person in a much more bent over position. This is total to my liking because it makes you much more bent overexposing your ass and vagina to easier access for your partner.

The other significant change is pads added under the knees or body. When this happens it moves away from any traditional punishment gear and onto something new that was created just for sex and power play pleasure.

Types of Stocks and Pillories

There are a lot of options available. But like shopping for anything, different bondage devices have different advantages and drawbacks. So what is your fantasy?

Bondage Stocks – Yoke Style

The yoke style is the simples of the bondage stocks. You probably have heard of a yoke more commonly for the wooden harness that was placed around the necks of horses and oxen for pulling old wagons. Well, they did not leave all the joys to the livestock, they brought their yokes to the justice system. These stocks worked great 500 years ago to humiliate the offenders just like they will work today to punish the naughty girls.

There are a few variations to these types of stocks in today's BDSM world. They can be used to secure hands and head in a piece of wood. Sometimes you can allow your prisoner to move around freely, for example working for a server for you or your guests. Often they are secured to the ceiling by chains to further limit mobility.

The great thing here is this style of stocks can be had for $100 or less for basic models.

Pillories

A pillory is what most people think of when someone says bondage stocks. While technically based on historical definitions a pillory is not a stock at all. When you are watching a movie based in medieval times and they say to “put someone in the stocks” a pillory is actually what most people picture.

Over the centuries and because of marketing and movies, a lot of names have changed. A pillory a device for securing your head and hands and it is attached to a post. For both sexual and non-sexual power play, the pillory is a classic. It secures the submissive in a vulnerable bent over position with their ass exposed to punishment, penetration or any other fancy decided on for the scene.

In the past, pillories were often taller. Sure they varied greatly from town to town, but often they were a little taller so the prisoner was restrained in almost a 3/4 standing position. Today for bondage, many of them are created at hip level so you can restrain your sub with their body at a nearly horizontal position giving even most of a power position and access to their ass.

Low positions stocks

I really like having my body lower. Yeah, it is not quite as comfortable but the added exposure is a turn on for me. So I like to have a pillory that has adjustable height if possible.

Positioning Stocks

Five hundred years ago, the stocks were strictly about punishment and humiliation. Kink, fetish and power play was nothing that even crossed their minds. Not to say they were not incredibly kinky back then, but they just never made stocks for sexual play. So modern stocks care a little bit more about comfort than their ancient cousins. We want to restrain and dominate the subs, but we want them to be comfortable for the most part when we do it.

So the traditional pillory has evolved. For current BDSM, pillories have added many other supports for hips, body and/or legs. These are often padded and provide added comfort for long time use as well as additional points to restrain the sub in the doms preferred position.

For me, I prefer a set of stocks that have a hip bar. I do not need full-body support, but I like the little bit of support provided by the crossbar, and I like how it keeps my hips from sagging so my ass is always in the air.

My husband prefers to see me in a set of stocks that have kneeling pads but no upper body support. This helps to hold the sub in a great position where they can not squirm too much, especially if you have leg restraints, but without the body supports it leave all parts of the subs body very exposed for stimulation.

To show how far we have come in comfort, we can now have our stocks installed directly in our bed. That is a long way from the public square humiliation of the 1500s but it can be pretty erotics.

Recommended Bondage Stocks

When it comes to buying furniture, it is not quite like just going out and buying a vibrator because you heard your girlfriend say it gets her off in 20 seconds. Furniture is usually large and it needs to make a statement. It needs to fit the style of the scene you are building. You don't really want to be building a medieval dungeon and then have a bunch of stainless steel hardware. You also would not want a modern industrial bondage scene with pillories that look like they are 500 years old.

So beyond the pieces listed here on our stocks and pillories section, we have a variety of pieces created with different themes that aim to achieve the same general outcome.

Old World Stocks

Old World Stocks are designed to look like you found them in an old European antique store. If you are looking for a piece for your dungeon, these stocks can be used freestyle, as a hanging pillory or as suspended horizontally.