[That’s ‘Not’ My Kink] Fabulous Figging


Fetish, Kink, Kink of the Week, That's My Kink / Thursday, March 7th, 2019

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Provided they are occurring between concenting adults, who are both aware of any risks that may be present, it is my opinion that ALL KINKS ARE VALID!’ This is the hill I will die on and I will repeat myself on this subject matter until I have no breath left in me.

Figging is one of those kinks that will, without doubt, have people screwing their face up and saying ‘ew no not for me.’ In one respect this is fine. It’s not for you? No worries, it doesn’t have to be. The truth of the matter is that it is a kink for someone though, and not just one single someone, many someones and the reasons why will be varied.

My That’s My Kink series, which I share every Thursday is for me to talk about MY kinks. In a way that is personal to me. What I focus on in those posts is my personal thoughts on how and why I enjoy certain kinks, and less on the wider appeal or sharing educational aspects of how you get into or engage in a particular kink. This week though I’m mixing it up a bit, just because I can.

This week you get That’s ‘Not’ My Kink, but I know a little bit about it and I want to talk about it because all kinks are valid, even the ones that make your bumhole tingle just thinking about them.

Speaking of bumhole tingling now would probably be a good time to explain what Figging is. From our friends over at Wikipedia: “Figging is the practice of inserting a piece of ginger root into the anus, vagina, or male urethra in order to generate an acute burning sensation. Historically this was a method of punishment but has since been adopted as a practice of BDSM. The term “figging” comes from the 19th-century word “feaguing.”

I’ll be honest and say I’ve never tried figging either as a Top or a bottom. Would I though? As a Top yes, if a partner was so inclined, as a bottom nope. There are however many, many accounts of people who have given it a go and I’ve spoken to a good handful of people in real life who have tried it at least once, so while to some of us it may seem like a strange practice, I suspect it is actually a lot more common than we might think.

One of the common reactions to kinks such as this is; ‘Come one, who actually wants to shove a bit of ginger up their arse?’ Well, first things first, it’s usually done with a bit more finesse than just ‘shoving it up’. Second of all, it doesn’t have to go up the bum and finally, I bet someone has that reaction to something you love, but it doesn’t mean you’re wrong to engage in it. For example, I can’t believe anyone voluntarily puts mushrooms in their mouth and enjoys it, but they do, on a daily basis. My reaction to that is extreme and not in a good way, but who am I to judge. You eat your mushrooms and I’ll lick people genitals and neither of us needs to judge the other.

More about the why of Figging though, as with many kinks there as many reasons for doing something as there are people doing it. I’ll give a few thoughts on why, but it will by no means be an extensive list.

Sadism & Masochism – As regular readers will know I identify as both of these things, a sadomasochist if you please. As a masochist, there is no way on God’s green earth I am partaking in what is described as a ‘burning sensation’. As a Sadist, well that’s different, I can 100% see how this appeals. We all react differently to different stimulus though, so one person unpleasant burning could be anothers pleasant tingle. The only way to know where figging falls for you is to try it.

Humiliation – Consent is a must for this one. If however, that is present, I can actually imagine the joy in getting someone to carve their own ginger buttplug or dildo, knowing it will be used on them, either as punishment or to elicit a reaction that can be used in conjunction with humiliation and/or degradation. I think if I was going to try figging this would be the kink that would get me into it, again as a Top, as a bottom, not a chance.

Punishment – I mentioned punishment above, and I can confirm that if someone intended to punish me with figging I’d be as good as gold. Not that I’m ever bad, but I’d just be extra careful with the threat of figging looming over me. As many good girls (and boys, and pups, and kittens etc) will confirm, even the best of us can slip up from time to time and I can only imagine what a useful corrective method figging could be. Again consent before using this as a punishment method is a must!

Exploring the Unknown – I’m sure other Kinksters do feel this way, but I can only speak for myself. I’ve found that after you’ve been exploring kink for a while the things that once seemed a little bit ‘out there’ become quite commonplace and finding kinks to explore that flick the new and interesting switch means delving into some of the less commonly occurring kinks. I think figging is that for many folks, just another new thing to explore within their dynamic or as part of their solo adventures.

Pleasure – While it may not seem like a pleasurable thing for some of us, why shouldn’t figging be done out of pleasure for others? I personally, like many of you, derive pleasure from being spanked. I know a lot of people who find it a hideous prospect though. Just because something is or isn’t good for us, doesn’t mean that truth can be applied to universally to all people.

For Figs Sake Be Careful

You’ve got consent, you’ve bought the ginger, what’s next? Well, you need to whittle your bit of ginger into a suitable shape of course. I will, however, let you google how to do that, seeing as I haven’t actually partaken in that particular step myself. What I am going to cover though is staying safe.

Allergies – If you have a known ginger allergy then please don’t do this. Be aware also that allergies may not have manifested previously but that doesn’t mean they won’t present themselves during this activity.

Flared Bases – If you decided to do this anally then crafting a plug with a decent flared base is a must. If you lose a piece of ginger up your bum it is likely to be very unpleasant and may well require medical assistance to solve the problem. I repeat a FLARED BASE is a MUST!

Medical Issues – If you suffer from recurrent UTI’s, thrush, anal fissures and such liem then perhaps give this one a miss. It’s not something I see mentioned that often in conjunction with figging, so maybe I’m just a nervous nelly, but I’d hate anyone to go away from this thinking figging sounds great only for another bout of thrush to flare up immediately after trying it.

There you have it, one very specific use for ginger root. You can also use in tea, I’m particularly fond of this recipe or in stir fry, which I don’t have a perfect recipe for I’m afraid. If you’d like to hear more thoughts on figging then follow the Kink of the Week lips below to see who else is writing about it.

2 Replies to “[That’s ‘Not’ My Kink] Fabulous Figging”

  1. This is a really great explaination of a lesser known kink. I’ll admit when I first heard about this one I was convinced it was a trolling campaign, but as I’ve gone along I’ve moved into the “if it’s your bag, then go for it” camp.

    Agreed that the “flared base” is a pretty important thing to remember!!

  2. I’m so on the fence with figging lol, I’m curious as a maso, buuuttt (yes pun intended) as a sadist I would love to see pet’s reaction with proper consent of course.
    This part cracked me up though.. “You eat your mushrooms and I’ll lick people genitals and neither of us needs to judge the other.” So very true!! No room here for any Judgy McJudgersons

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