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Some months back I was involved in a serious auto accident. In the trauma unit at the hospital, a Foley catheter was inserted into my urethra to aid in waste removal. Every so often, when a nurse came to check on me, she'd adjust my blankets as well as the other items on my bed. During the shuffling, my catheter tube would get shifted. The shifting seemed to send jolts through my body, and to my embarrassment I'd get raging wood. On the day I was to be discharged, the nurse came to me and informed me that she'd be removing my catheter. Just the thought of it gave me an embarrassing tent pole.

Have you ever heard of a fetish like this? Where can I go to find others who find this sort of thing stimulating? I've looked into various fetish and S-M sites on the Internet, but so far I've been stonewalled. Mind you, I'm no Internet guru and probably did miss some sites along the way. This is not the type of thing one can ask his friends about and it would really be helpful if you could offer some information related to this perversion. --Titillating Tubing

I'm no Internet guru myself, TT, but I nevertheless managed to find a virtual ton of information about your particular perversion. All I did was type "catheter fetish" into and--ta da!--not ten minutes later I was on the phone with the owners of, "provider of medical toys, products, and apparel for the medical fetish, nurse fetish, and the medical BDSM scene."

"Doc" Sebastian and "Nurse" Laurel launched four years ago. "We have been actively involved in the fetish community for over 20 years," says Doc Sebastian, "and wanted to make this wonderful fantasy playland, its products, and knowledge more available and affordable." While medical fetishism has a long and proud history in Europe and Asia, according to Doc, there's very little awareness of the fetish in North America. So Sebastian and Laurel started to let others into domination and submission know they had alternatives to run-of-the-mill bondage/S-M play. And to make money, of course.

"Catheter play and fantasies are quite common and popular in the medical fetish world," says Doc. "Most people who are attracted to the idea of catheter play get off on the control aspect of it. Once a person is catheterized they have no control of their urinary function. If the catheter tube is left open, one's bladder will completely drain until it is empty, and then it will continue to drain as additional urine is produced. When a catheter tube is clamped shut the person will not be able to urinate even if they want or need to."

Doc Sebastian recommended you check out "It's a members club that you will have to request to join," he says, "but it's completely free, confidential, and noncommercial. It's a great place to start to find others and get more info." There's also lots of info about catheter play at Doc asked me to stress just how important it is for anyone interested in this kind of "edge play" to get info about the skills, equipment, techniques, and risks involved. You can hurt yourself sticking tubes into your bladder, so proceed with caution.

I'm into bondage and I want a straitjacket. The problem is that all the fetish shops only sell black leather "designer" straitjackets. What I want is one of those rough, canvas straitjackets they put the nutcases in. I've tried to find one on eBay to no avail. All the ads ended up being for those stupid leather ones. So I've come to you to seek help finding an authentic straitjacket in my size (5'10", 175). Perhaps one of the contacts you know in the BDSM and/or psychological business could help me out? And any extra information about straitjackets would be nice too. How durable are they? Do they come with instructions? Who makes them? Will I be arrested if someone sees me wearing one in public? --Strapping Lad

Hmmm...where can a boy get his hands on an authentic, institutional straitjacket? From the good, kinky folks at, of course! I realize this column is turning into an infomercial, but hey, they deserve it. I'm genuinely impressed by their Web site. It's professional looking, upbeat, and somehow manages to make what might seem like a deeply creepy fetish look like good, clean fun. But more important, and what really blows me away, is how friggin' reasonable the prices are.

An authentic, institutional, off-white canvas straitjacket is $149.95--not much more than you would pay at an actual medical supply company. "We've tried to price things fairly," says Doc. "It's too common for people in the fetish industry to take advantage and jack up the prices." And's straitjackets are a whole lot less expensive than designer leather versions. The custom-made leather straitjackets sold by Mr. S Leather Company in San Francisco (, for example, will set you back $1,295.'s straitjackets come with instructions, and they come in four sizes. "These are the real deal," says Doc about his straitjackets. "They're the jackets you would be restrained in if you had the misfortune of being placed in an asylum."

To answer your final question--is it illegal to walk around in public in a straitjacket?--I called the cops.

Sergeant Jim Muscat of the Toronto Police Service said...well, Sergeant Muscat said a lot of things. "Is it illegal? Well, first of all, there's no charge for walking around with one of those great big pumpkins on your head," he said. I pointed out that I hadn't asked him about pumpkin heads--I'd asked him about straitjackets. "Is it illegal to walk around in public wearing a straitjacket?" Yes, officer, that's the question. "I mean, a person could handcuff themselves and be wearing sexy lingerie walking down the street and pretend that he's going to a masochistic orgy."

Did they legalize pot up in Canada recently and not tell us down here in the States?

Marion Lee, information officer for the Atlanta Police Department, managed to field your question without going off about pumpkins and masochistic orgies. "Unless you had escaped from a mental institution it would not be considered illegal to have a straitjacket on in public," said Officer Lee. "It might give an officer suspicion to think the person was mentally ill, and they might investigate that. But there's nothing specifically illegal about it."

Confidential to my many, many critics: There, I got through a whole column without mentioning God or the September 11 attacks. Tune in next week and find out if I can get through a whole column without mentioning the fact that I didn't mention God or the September 11 attacks.

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