Tender handed stroke a nettle
And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silk remains.
                                           Anon
 
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What's The Attraction of Nettle Play?

Adapted from a discussion board post in response to the query:
"Why do some individuals enjoy the unique pain given by the chemical reaction and lasting pain of Stinging Nettles. . .?"

Most people know what a nettle sting feels like (unpleasant, generally...) so if there's a bunch hovering about an inch from your skin it tends to evoke a reaction...they can be applied as fast and localised as a jab with a needle or as a long drawn-out fiery brush stroke...she can look you straight in the eye as she uses them without having to drop her gaze for an instant...they can creep closer and closer as you retreat and retreat until there's nowhere else to go...they can dance and tease here there and everywhere...they can tickle gently and flog hard..they can sit there close, harmless until you move a muscle and come into contact with them...they can be attached to you, so that every sting brings a twitch and every twitch brings a sting...they can be ritually gathered, prepared and contemplated...you can 'wear'them... they can be used for concealed public play.

The feeling is ...a cross between a needle, a violet wand and a scratch: if they are crushed hard against the skin there can be 'after-stings' hours, even a day later - not sure if it's a reaction of the nerves in the skin or tiny broken stings clinging tenaciously to the skin.

A light brushing produces stings which last 4-6 hours, crushed against the skin and the rash can last 48hrs with a surface burning for 24 hours: it feels like the skin is 'fizzing'

Nettles aren't too fragile, but the number of 'effective stings per square inch of nettle' undoubtedly decreases as a cut nettle wilts - you can still get stung by a nettle in semi-dried cut hay though.

Cut nettles will keep well in a vase of water - if you want to have a portable but non wilting bunch use the perennial sort (with the tougher woody stems), stuff a balloon with some wet tissues or wet cotton wool, push the stems into that, tape securely and keep cool - they'll stay perky for 3-4 hours at least.

If you want to see a film with nettle play, look out for 'Slave Sex 8', an old German BDSM video. It has a great F-ff nettle scene.

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