Speculum Fetish Written by: Mistress Tracy, 04/05/2006
Speculum Fetish and Vaginal Partialism
As a woman, I go for my pap exam every year. The doctor gives me a surgical-blue
paper gown, tells me to undress, and leaves the room. In the midst of winter,
it's normally as cold in the office as the clinical setting itself and I hurriedly
get naked, unwrap the paper clothing and fumble it up my arms and over my shoulders.
Every year I have the same silly dilemma: should I take off my socks or leave
them on? Yet, before I ever get to my decision, the doctor walks in, unhinges
the metal stirrups with a scraping and startling clang and tells me to lie on
the table with my ass near the edge and my feet in the stirrups.
"I've warmed it up, but it might still be a bit cool," the doctor
tells me. "Try to relax."
Relaxing is not exactly what I do when someone is cranking open my vagina with
a speculum, and for many women it's one of the
most powerless positions that she's likely to be in, barring
an SM scenario. Alternately, it's such a common experience for women that few
of us think of the speculum itself in any sort of fetish way, yet there are
some that love being examined so intimately whether during their pap smears
or in medical play.
The speculum (Latin for "mirror", from specere, "to look at")
consists of a hollow cylinder with two hinged parts that have rounded ends.
James Marion Sims invented it in the mid-19th century in response to a female
patient who had had a riding accident. He needed to get a thorough look into
her vagina, and up until that point, doctors relied on touch rather than sight.
In order to get a better view, Sims fashioned a crude, spoon-like tool from
pewter that he used to expand the vaginal walls and this later “became
the first prototype for the speculum1."
Today, most medical speculums are made of plastic and have been popularized
on porn sites like K Scans
and Doctor Tushy.
Still, some enthusiasts prefer the coldness of metal to plastic, and these are
readily available at specialty sex shops in North America. However, many women
wouldn't particularly agree that the use of specula is erotic, though certainly
some do, and incorporate the use of the speculum into their typical sexual scenarios
or in their medical fantasies.
For female recipients that I have talked to, there appears to be a strong relationship
between the use of the speculum to emotion and medical role-play, and little
correlation to fetish as defined, in part, as an object necessary for sexual
"I actually didn't like my semi-annual exams until one day there was a
very handsome intern present," said one poster in response to my query
on a public BDSM board. "I never used to fantasize about specula or anything
of that nature, but that sure changed. I guess lying there so exposed and vulnerable
awakened something within me. I still use that memory in my private time, although
I never experienced it in my sex life. For me, it is more the control thing
that works, and the probing, exposure, shame, etcetera, is what does it for
While the fantasy of investigation and the relinquishing of power over to another
through a procedure in a clinical setting play into the pleasure of medical
fetishism for this particular woman, I discovered that there were other pleasures,
particularly for men. I was, however, unable to find anyone that had a specific
fetish for the instrument itself. In fact, it often seemed that there was something
far more complex than a specula fetish.
Andre Chance, webmaster and owner of A Wizard of Ass Productions, explained
that "playing doctor is a very natural, even an instinctive way of exploring
the other sex, or whatever gender one is interested in, and a key tool for exploring
is probing, which can take place in many forms... including specula."
If the speculum is the instrument, and the fascination is with exploration
and probing, then what exactly is the turn-on? Actually, I discovered that it
didn’t seem like a fetish at all. As said, there
is an element of role-play with investigation and examination, but when it comes
to speculum-use, the main object of infatuation appeared to be a partialistic
interest with the vagina.
Partialism is defined by Dr. Thomas Stuttaford as the "tendency to be
turned on consistently by a particular part of someone else's body, and minor
degrees of partialism are part of many, if not most, people's sexual patterns.
They may not acknowledge it, but it is likely to be one of many factors that
draws one person to another. Men will admit without compunction that they are
attracted by women with large breasts or small breasts, large buttocks or small
buttocks, long legs or short legs, or blondes, brunettes or redheads but, irrationally,
would be furtive about admitting an attraction to feet (or the vagina and cervix
in our current query)3."
For some porn sites like Speculum
Plays, it immediately appears that the interest is not on the specula, or
even enthusiasm with role-play, but on partialism geared toward the mysteries
inside the female body. There is little information regarding this particular
form of partialism, beyond its rising popularity on medical fetish and mainstream
internal camera porn sites. Yet, I am beginning to see an obvious growth in
the number of sites employing the internal cam, not simply for a quick glance
inside the female body, but on sites where the camera stays relatively focussed
on the building fluids in the vagina as a significant form of sexual foreplay.
In an aesthetic sense, there seems almost nothing attractive, personal or erotic
about the vaginal walls or the cervix. However, Seth Washavsky, innovative founder
of the Internet Entertainment Group was one, if not the first, to employ the
dildo cam as a form of porn, back in 1998. He seemed to have an enthusiasm for
it, and succinctly described his voyeuristic excitement in an interview with
Po Bronson. "First, you see the walls dripping, and a lot of undulating
motion. Then, when it happens, there's just an explosion... squirting from the
walls. It's amazing4."
Rather than a simple partialistic or voyeuristic gaze where the surface of
a female body (breasts, buttocks, pussy) is surveyed like in glamour-style Playboy
photos, the clinical gaze of a dildo-cam goes
beyond the artifice of the outward female body and probes past the surface,
investigating the depths of the interior in a way that I can only describe as
an attempt to reveal the mysteries of femininity and female sexuality.
In an article called On The Cutting Edge, Anne Balsamo discusses the laproscopy
and computer tomography as redefining the range of human perception5. While Balsamo
does not discuss sex, it's difficult to read her article without wondering if
these same new technologies aren't also having an effect on redefining, and
shaping the direction of medical fetish porn, as well. As new technologies reveal
the workings of the human body, so to does the pseudo-medical dildo cam give
access to the mysterious and fascinating female orgasm, which otherwise has
eluded men. Now, not only can we see the exterior or the surface of a woman's
face while cumming, but we can go inside and prove that she's not only turned
on by the phallus, but that she's not faking it, and that proof, it seems to
me – the satisfaction and excitement about the depth of her submission,
the penetration, and the undisputable reality of the female orgasm - is one
part of the whole purpose and turn on in medical fetishes surrounding the speculum
and ultimately partialistic pleasure of the cervix and vagina.
 Brinker, Wendy. James
Marion Sims: Father Butcher. 12 Jan. 2006.
 Will. FetishFish. Fetishism
Part 1. 08 Nov. 2005.
 Stuttaford, Dr. Thomas. Body
and Soul: Sex Matters with Dr. Thomas Stuttaford and Suzi Godson. TimesOnline.
31 Dec. 2005.
 Bronson, Po. Lets
do it: A journey into Club Love. 04 March 2006.
 Mirzoeff, Nicholas, ed. Visual Culture Reader. Chapter 19, Balsamo, Anne.
On the cutting edge: Cosmetic surgery and the technological production of the
gendered body. Routledge, New York, 2001. Pg. 224.
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