I was recently asked this seemingly simple question and I found myself at a bit of a loss to answer it at ﬁrst. For a few years I have identiﬁed as a gimp, so I was a bit taken aback when I realized I couldn't concisely deﬁne this term. For the past few years I have been operating under the mentality that I can't deﬁne what I am in words, but when I see it, or feel it, I know it. Well, that works in my mind, but it is hard to convey what a gimp is to others, and that makes it hard to ﬁnd the kind of play I want or connect with other gimps out there.
For me, a gimp is a submissive object that submits completely to its owner; something akin to a slave, but without the human identity. Being a gimp, at its core, is about separating oneself from humanity and individualism, about embracing being an object and a toy for your Dominant's use. When I'm in 'gimp mode' I want to be treated as an object, as a thing; just something to be used and stored away when not needed. Additionally, I want to leave all trappings of my own individuality and humanity behind; I even leave human pronouns behind, and when I'm permitted to speak refer to myself as 'it' or 'gimp.' In my mind, a gimp exists to be just another toy or thing the Dominant has access to.
My rubber gimp suit is key to my transition into gimp headspace. Putting on my rubber suit and mask so all that shows is my shiny second skin is freeing. It frees me to leave my humanity behind and accept what's in store for me during play, and, from what Dominants I've played with have told me, helps the Dominant to stop seeing the human me and start seeing an object to use. The other key thing my gimp suit accomplishes is that it removes my identity. Gimps, when covered in their shiny rubber suits, essentially look the same. Granted there are some minor diﬀerences (height, weight, etc.) but for the most part, gimps when in a rubber suit could be interchangeable. Thus, the gimp is not an individual person to the Dominant, a gimp is merely an object that serves and exists for use. This is a major part of the gimp dynamic for myself; when in gimp mode I am just a tool to be used for the Dominant's pleasure, I'm not a person.
Gimps are sometimes treated harshly. Part of removing the humanity, being covered and deindividualized allows the Dominant to stop seeing the gimp as a person and treat them more as an object. Gimps are also completely controlled - this is a major part of it for me. Sight, hearing, speaking, movement, sleep, eating, even urination, are all controlled by the Dominant. Any sensory input or minor bit of freedom is granted by the Dominant and can be revoked at any point. For gimps these periods of freedom and privilege are few and far between; the gimp lives and thrives in isolation and control. Compared to a more traditional Master/slave relationship, a gimp is controlled and used like a slave, but lacks the humanity, individualism and obligation to perform more domestic duties like cleaning. I tend to look at it this way: A gimp is a toy; a slave is a tool. While slaves may experience bondage, storage and pain at some point, these are temporary and usually not permanent. This is one of the main reasons my identity morphed from slave to gimp. For gimps, bondage, isolation, pain, and objectiﬁcation are a default state, and that is what I truly crave.
In my mind a gimp's time consists of storage, use and pain. A gimp spends the majority of its time waiting to be used. During play a gimp exists solely to amuse the whims of its Dominant. When the Dominant isn't using the gimp, it should be stored out of the way; in a cage, tied somewhere, put in a closet, or placed in the corner. Gimps can be used in sadistic ways; gimps exist to be tortured, used and then stored away. This dichotomy of storage versus use and pain creates a profound gratefulness for any attention given to the gimp. After being stored for long periods, a gimp would be excited for any use at all, even the most painful and kinky uses. Alternately, after being used harshly, a gimp may be desperate or excited to return to storage for a respite from use.
The life of a gimp is hard, painful, and boring at times but that's what excites me. I enjoy being that devoted and feeling that controlled. I doubt this high level of control could be maintained for too long a period. I'm sure people have tried and I'm sure a few have succeeded in living the twenty-four-seven gimp lifestyle in some fashion, however, I doubt many gimps really want to live like that all the time (not to mention the amount of eﬀort and responsibility this places on the Dominant). Personally, as much as I identify as a gimp and crave this kind of treatment, I know I couldn't handle anything more than a few hours or a few days at the max of being a gimp. Despite the eﬀort it takes and the ware it puts on my body, I want to spend as much time in gimp mode as I can.
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