Because of the typical size difference between women's breasts and men's breasts, most torture involving the breast as a whole is performed on women. As well as the additional geography available with women's breasts, they are also considered sexual, much more so than men's breasts, and this can lend much more of a sexual overtone to this form of torture on women than on men.
- Breast slapping,
- Flogging and cropping,
- Twisting, and
- Squeezing, compressing, or crushing (see figures 4 and 5).
In many cases, when breast bondage is combined with the above activities, this increases the breast's sensitivity.
And, it must be noted, many guys just like fondling breasts. Torturing them simply gives guys a chance to do more fondling.
While the small size of men's breasts often limit how much they can be involved in BDSM activities, nipples on men are a different story. Nipples are quite sensitive on both men and women and because of this are common targets for inflicting pain and suffering.
See main article: Nipple torture.
The thin and sensitive nature of the skin on the breasts means that a common result of using a flogger or crop is scoring, cuts, or weals (see figure 1). These are usually superficial and heal quite well.
Breast slapping can lead to substantial bruising.
Clamps can be used to squeeze or crush a woman's breasts. Figure 5 shows a pair of such clamps in use. Note that the "operator" is still holding the clamps so that their full pressure is not applied to the breasts. Breasts can generally be considered as quite delicate animals and prolonged or powerful squeezing can cause internal damage.
Clamps attached to nipples are also a common type of breast torture. There are special clamps available which allow the pressure to be varied, or else ordinary clothes pegs can be pressed into service as shown figure 3.
See main article: Practical Nipple Torture
Needle play and piercing
Breasts and nipples are common areas of the body for piercing play with hypodermic needle tips. Two approaches are common:
- Piercing the nipple itself with one or two needles, and
- Not piercing the nipple itself, but piercing a large number of needles in a decorative circle around the breast using the nipple as the center.
See main article: Practical Needle Play
The Wartenberg wheel (see figure 2) was originally a medical device used for testing nerve endings in skin. The very sharp, closely-space spikes on the wheel make it eminently suitable for torture because the pain it inflicts can easily be controlled by how hard you press it against the skin.
In the figure we can see one of these wheels being applied to a nipple. Nipples are quite good areas for a Wartenberg wheel because they are always very sensitive, and because it actually doesn't need much pressure for the spikes to cause considerable pain.