In BDSM, edgeplay is a subjective term for types of sexual play that are considered to be pushing on the edge of the traditional safe, sane and consensual creed. It is nearly universally held that these forms of BDSM activity should not be attempted without proper supervision, safety precautions, etc. as appropriate.

Edgeplay may involve:

  • the risk of serious, even permanent harm or death (such as breathplay, gunplay)
  • increased risk of spreading disease (E.g. cutting, bloodplay, barebacking)
  • psychological danger (from such practices as humiliation play, incest fantasies, rape roleplay)
  • social taboos (for example, ageplay, scat fetishism, racial slurs)
  • controversial topics like total power exchange, anonymous abduction scenes, zoophilia

What constitutes edgeplay varies with the persons involved, and also over time. In the mid-nineties, the Living in Leather convention did not have panels on ageplay or scat because they were considered too edgy. By 2000 they were part of the regular list programming.

Some activities, such as ageplay, may be considered quite edgy by some and not at all for others. The definition is fairly subjective, although typically based on some level on what people are used to in their local scene.

While all types of BDSM activities should keep safety as a priority, in edgeplay it is particularly important. While some activities may have low physical risks, such as humiliation or fear play, the psychological risks may be very high.

The term edgeplay is also sometimes used as a synonym for knifeplay.

See also

  • Sadism and masochism
  • Risk-aware consensual kink
  • Fire play