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A hogtie bondage being showcased at an adult event in Germany

In bondage, the hogtie is a position in which a submissive's wrists and ankles are fastened together behind their back using physical restraints such as rope or cuffs.

Some people derive erotic pleasure from being hogtied or from putting a person in a prone submissive position; commonly the hogtie is used as part of sexual bondage play, and in association with other bondage equipment.



Hogtie bondage requires all four limbs to be tied together behind the back. It typically involves connecting a person's wrists and ankles behind the back using some form of physical restraints, but may in some BDSM contexts also refer to the binding of arms and legs behind the back.[citation needed]

A variation of the hogtie involves tying bound wrists to frogtied legs, providing the dominant easier access to the submissive's crotch for sexual play. A pretzel hogtie is a stringent variant that has the wrists, elbows and ankles all tied together behind the back and cinched.[citation needed] The big toes are also tied together and are then connected to the back of the gag pulling the submissive into an extreme arch while also making the gag become extremely tight.[citation needed]

As with all bondage play, the free partner is regarded as being in the dominant or controlling position, while the tied partner is regarded as being sexually submissive, though in some play the tied partner may control the situation verbally.


The hogtie position places pressure on the abdomen of the tied person, which may created difficulty in breathing known as postural asphyxia.[1] Care should be taken to ensure the person being bound can breathe easily throughout all stages of play. This is particularly important if gags, collars or rope are used to create a more stringent tie. This risk is in addition to the normal risks of physical restraint and BDSM play.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Positional Asphyxia". Archived from the original on 2013-07-15.
  • Wiseman, Jay (2000). Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook. Greenery Press. pp. 261–279. ISBN 1-890159-13-1.
  • Two Knotty Boys. Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes. Green Candy Press. pp. 55–56. ISBN 978-1-931160-49-0.
  • Harrington, Lee. Shibari You Can Use. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-0-615-14490-0.
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  • Wiseman, Jay. SM 101, Second Edition. Greenery Press. pp. 134–137. ISBN 0-9639763-8-9.