Leather: Object of all fantasies
Rockers, bikers, gay and fetish. The most claimant communities and most have shifted long adopted the leather look. Object of all fantasies and all fetish, leather guard in the collective unconscious rebellious and very sensual connotation.
Why leather leather fantasy he creates such an attraction? Who are his followers and how does it mainstream cultural recovered this symbol? Doctissimo toured the matter.
It is true that leather has something to fantasize: tight and smooth, he married the body like a second skin and thus enhances the advantageous forms of these ladies or gentlemen muscles. It forms on the skin a waterproof barrier, making the one who carries the untouchable and so much more attractive. Some will also be attracted by smell or by its soft squeal.
Leather is a material and will symbolize rebellion and protest. This phenomenon is not new: already in the Middle Ages, the soldiers wore a leather strap supposed to give them strength, confidence and protection. But it was in the 40s that the culture of leather has truly emerged. So prerogative of American gay community, she quickly conquered the so-called underground environments include among other bikers and heavy metal bands, eternal rebels in too strict society to their liking.
Resistant to all races, leather and is a safe bet for those who want to develop a bad boy side. more attractive.
The symbolism of leather in the SM and fetish
After the gay community and the rock scene, it was the turn of fetish middle of appropriating the image of leather. For what it evokes, masculinity, strength and sexual power, leather and allows the followers of sadomasochism (SM) for a more safe speed and domineering.
The “leather culture” even has its symbol, the “Leather Pride Flag”. This flag, striped with black and blue and decorated with a heart on his upper left, is also well known gay and is meant to be the rallying sign of the subculture BDSM and fetish.
Yet if fetishism and leather now seem inseparable, he still controversial. Indeed, leather garments are expensive and some accuse the middle BDSM and practicing segregation for the less fortunate. Others will see there too much uniformity in the outfits, the cult of “all leather” preventing any eccentricity. Last: leather, material obtained from tanning of the skin, revolt number of activists for animal rights. These and prefer synthetic materials such as vinyl or PVC.
After Glenn Hughes, a member of the Village People group, Rob Halford, leader of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, who first adopted the leather look once confined to the US-gay culture. Others followed and leather trousers and matching jackets quickly invaded the rock scene in the 80s.
Since then, the public culture has appropriated this symbol of rebellion. Film and television credits include the well known movie Matrix and its protagonists dressed in black leather, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Pamela Anderson Barb Wire incarnating in the eponymous film. The bad boy image or bad girl still has beautiful day in front of her and the biggest stars, whether from the song or film, have adopted; Samantha Fox, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and more recently Meg Ryan, Halle Berry, Beyonce or Shakira, all were able to make good use of the rebellious and sexy image conveyed by the leather look. To our delight.