BDSM GLOSSARY – N

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Needle play: Temporary piercings done with sterile needles, usually only for the duration of a scene. SAFETY ISSUES: Must take precautions against infection.

Negotiation (see hard limits, soft limits, Contracts): Communication before a scene, or during the formation of a relationship, in which the parties reach agreement about the goals, expectations, and limits of one another. May be anything from a thirty-second conversation to a formal, written Contract.

Newbie: Someone new to BDSM. Should NOT be used as a derogatory term, but sometimes used in a derogatory sense, e.g.: "stupid newbie mistakes". It may be difficult to tell the difference between a well-meaning newbie and a possibly dangerous wannabe; see Red Flags.

Nipple clamps: Any clamp or clamp-like device designed to compress the subject's nipples. May include a mechanism for adjusting or limiting the amount of pressure applied to the nipple. Note: Clamps when applied are generally not painful, just uncomfortable. If applied for several minutes, then removed, the blood rushing back into the nipple creates a painful, burning sensation.

Nipple noose: Similar in function to the nipple clamp, but made from a looped cord, like a miniature lasso. Also has decorative applications.

Nipple torture: Pain play. May use techniques and devices such as needles, nipple clamps, “fire and ice”.

Nose hook: Two-pronged hook inserted in the nostrils; used in bondage. Causes both discomfort and a degree of humiliation.

Nyotaimori: Human sushi platters.

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