Latex is defined by Wikipedia as “Latex rubber is used in many types of clothing. Rubber has traditionally been used in protective clothing, including gas masks and Wellington boots.
Latex rubber as a clothing material is common in fetish fashion and among BDSM practitioners and is often seen worn at fetish clubs. Latex is sometimes also used by couturiers for its dramatic appearance. Latex clothing tends to be skin-tight.”
The first time I saw a latex outfit was back in when I discovered the Goth subculture and I liked to read about its history and look at pics of lot of those pics contained girls on little outfits and wearing latex gloves, latex bras, latex skirts , etc.
It was really taboo to be looking at people wearing latex outfits, it usually meant that you were looking for pornographic images and … honestly most of the images I could find on the web were really for a 16 year old who wasn’t supposed to be looking at that kind of pictures. I clearly remember how I got disapproving glances from adults who were sitting near me. Anyway …
When I finally had internet at home (which took me a lot to convince my parents) I finally had a chance to freely explore the world of latex and this meant the world of BDSM and fetish sites closely tied to latex. Nowadays I see that latex is openly use for erotic photography and by some subcultures who use and adapt this material to their own advantages. It is very popular amongst the subculture models to have a latex shot in their portfolio.
I say latex but I don’t think of the word -sex- immediately, even fetishism is not 100% about sex but about pleasure. Latex is about suggesting and playing but I think of latex as another option to be creative (when it comes to a photo-shoot) and another way to express. Latex haven’t been hiding from the world as a matter of fact, in pop culture many celebrities have worn latex in public as a fashion statement.
There is not an exact date as when latex and the fetish subculture was created but I read that it can be tracked as far as WW2 and tied with the homosexual community.
The fetish world is not a world exclusively for gay men anymore, not even for the gay (LGBT) community only. I have met people, young straight men and women who have regular and common but inside their bedrooms they have different sexual tastes and sometimes bizarre ones, usually it involves latex.
I can understand a person who likes to have control and power in the bedroom, usually it's the only place you are able to control things, the tricky part is to find the right partner to talk about it.
Latex is sensual, there is no need to show alot of skin, latex becomes a part of your body, part of your skin. If you use a latex outfit in a classy way, the better.
¿Does your fantasies stay in your head? ... this is a topic for another night.