’Tis the season for fantasy role-play
How getting into character and costume can rid your bedroom of boredom this Halloween
The season of sexy ghosts, goblins, witches and wizards is upon us and though the gender double standard that makes almost all femme-centric costumes sexy is far more of a trick than a treat (does a tree costume really need to be sexy?), there is a lesson to be gleaned from the fact that costumes — sexy or not — fly off the shelves even as the mercury drops. Playing dress-up is fun.
As an adult tasked with multiple responsibilities, your desire to dismiss your routine and embrace a role that is far from reality is universal and understandable. And Halloween provides the perfect excuse to do so. Whether you want to be perceived as scary, powerful, obscene, funny, evil, supernatural or sexy, a simple costume, mask or makeup change may be all you need to slip into character.
For some, Halloween just offers an excuse to dress up, and for others, it’s an opportunity to embrace fear and try new things — including role-play. It’s no surprise that halloween and fantasy role-play go hand in hand. It’s easier to play a role when you’re all dressed up and the holiday itself encourages the stretching of comfort zones. The prospect of being unrecognizable and/or attributing your behavioural change to a character works to lower inhibitions. That is, you may be more likely to act out of character once you’re in character.
Engaging in role-play with or without costumes is the antidote to boredom in the bedroom in long-term relationships, as it balances the safety of a trusted partner with the risk and excitement of the unknown.
Role-plays can range from romantic to raunchy, and they may reflect values and desires that contradict those you embrace in real life. For many of us, the most appealing fantasy roles are those that stray most significantly from our reality. For example, if you are accustomed to being in charge, you may derive intense pleasure from playing a submissive role. And if you tend to cater to others’ emotional and practical needs, you may opt for a role that allows you to be selfish — or even evil.
This isn’t always the case, so you’ll need to clearly communicate your desires and boundaries to your partner if you want to enjoy the experience. Decide ahead of time how far you’re willing to go and let your partner know if there are words or scenarios that will kill your sexual buzz.
If you feel self-conscious or silly experimenting with role-play, start at a party or in another non-sexual environment. You can flirt with a partner while in character and in costume to build desire and anticipation and then return to being yourselves once arousal starts to build. You might find that once you’re aroused, your inhibitions plummet, and you slip into character more naturally, but
Many couples find they are more open to experimenting when in character