Gimp (sadomasochism)

Gimp is a usually derogatory term used to refer to a (male or female) sexual submissive person, typically dressed in a black leather or rubber costume (often known as a "gimp suit"), and wearing a bondage hood or mask of the same material. This apparel emphasises sexuality by drawing attention to the crotch and chest, and also sexually objectifies the wearer. Sadomasochistic practice often features in the notion of the gimp, with a partnership of power exchange between gimp and dominatrix or dominant.

Use in pop culture

The term "gimp" achieved widespread notoriety thorough its use in the movie Pulp Fiction in the famous "pawn shop" scene. In the scene, the "gimp" is dressed in a black leather costume, featuring spiked bracelets and a mask.

Zed: Bring out the Gimp.
Maynard: The Gimp's sleepin'.
Zed: Well, I guess you're just gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you?

See also

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