Lately we’ve seen more and more celebrities in latex, and some on FetLife and elsewhere have railed against celebrities jumping on the latex bandwagon. Some are unhappy that stylists are getting celebrities to wear latex for publicity, to be ‘on trend’ or because it’s a bit edgy. Some in the kink world don’t seem to like it. Why not??? Is latex becoming *shock horror* too mainstream? Recently, the likes of Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande have been seen getting in on the latex action and some kinksters are concerned that they’re spoiling it for the real latex lovers. Really?
Well, no. The complaint seems more about the celebrity wearing the latex than anything else. Perhaps some kinksters don’t want to be associated with certain celebrities who are not considered great spokespeople for the kink? Yet, there are numerous celebrities who seem to have been embraced by the latex community – Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna to name a few. It’s all good for them to be wearing latex and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Why the inconsistency?
Latex is a material and its use in ‘mainstream’ fashion is perfectly valid. Kinksters for whom it is a fetish need not fear, surely? What of denim fetishists – is their kink cheapened somehow by millions of people wearing denim every day? Nope – it’s what they make of their fetish. The (sub-)culture is alive and well and people’s reasons for enjoying it are their own. The kink community is one of the most accepting, but in common with any community that attains critical mass, ‘us and them’ battle lines start being drawn. So what if someone doesn’t share your predilections? And who knows, perhaps a celebrity’s first foray into latex may become a kink.
So let’s take a step back, enjoy people rocking their latex (for whatever reason) and get our kink on!