Joy is particularly fond of anal sex. Oh, it took her a little while to warm up to the idea, and we had to work into things fairly gradually (okay, it took a looooong time), but once the idea took hold with her, it took hold with a vengeance. I believe that it has become her single, favorite sex act, and the prospect of having her behind filled never fails to excite her. If you’re interested in her own thoughts on anal sex and her journey of discovery around it, she wrote a post on it awhile ago.

Never one to leave well enough along, I did some exploration around ways to enhance the anal sex experience. Of course, there are many options down this path, and we’ve tried quite a few. Anal plugs have been successful, for instance, and anal vibrators even more so. We’ve gone down the double-penetration route with success, and we’ve discovered several excellent anal lubricants. All of these strategies have paid dividends, and all have been incorporated into our toy chest for use in various late-night scenes and escapades. But a few months ago, Joy read something about “figging”.

For those who don’t know, figging actually traces its history back to horse-trading. In order to make an older horse appear more youthful and full of life and energy prior to selling it, an unscrupulous owner might place a piece of raw, peeled ginger root into the animal’s anus. Ginger is, of course, spicy, and this would cause the horse to lift its tail and prance about, fooling prospective buyers into thinking it was years younger than its true age.

You can guess where the story goes from here. Someone discovered that if one put the ginger in one’s own ass, rather than one’s horses’, the sensation was…intense. And to those who were into it, pleasurable. And slowly this became a known practice among those who are anally-inclined, and over time it has even grown to include other substances beyond ginger.

Joy was curious and one night, during a late-night session of pillow talk, mentioned it to me. I did my research to be certain it was safe (with ginger, it appears to be–other substances, not so much, so Joy and I are sticking with ginger) and several weeks ago we tried it.

Naturally I didn’t give Joy any advance notice that figging was on the evening’s agenda. Instead, I turned her over my knee, cuffed her hands behind her back, and gave her a sound, warm-up spanking. Before we began, I had placed a small bowl, the vegetable-peeler and a thoughtfully-chosen piece of ginger on the bed beside us, and then draped a towel over them to keep Joy in the dark about the planned activities. When the spanking finished and Joy was squirming in my lap, I told her to hold still, lifted off the towel, and then cut the skin from the ginger root with the peeler, using her bare back as a table and discarding the shavings in the bowl. I shaped the ginger root into the rough shape of an anal plug, pressed it to Joy’s dark rosebud, and slowly pushed it up and in.

Here are a few lessons learned about figging:

  1. No lubricant is necessary, and no lubricant is desirable. The ginger’s natural oils are sufficient to act as their own lubricant, and use of any other type will only interfere with the sensation.
  2. Pick a nice, thick piece of ginger root, and one that is at least three inches in length. The fresher, the better.
  3. Remove the skin completely with the peeler, smooth any rough spots and round off the tip if it’s too pointy.
  4. Use the peeler or a small knife to fashion a “collar” about two thirds down the length of the ginger. This will act as a spot for the anal ring to close around. Leave enough root beyond the collar to act in the same manner as the base of a butt plug and prevent the root from being pulled entirely into the ass.
  5. Don’t prepare the ginger too far in advance–it will lose potency after it is peeled. Wait until the last minute for maximum effect.
  6. Any activity that causes the ass muscles to clench will briefly heighten the effect. Spanking provides an excellent means of doing this.
  7. The effects stop quickly after the ginger is removed–we’ve had no issues with any lingering heat.

Since our initial foray into this area, we have tried figging twice more. The effect is quite astounding. Per Joy, it starts slowly but builds, feeling first warm and then hot. It forces her to relax, because non-relaxation clenches her butt, and increases the feeling of heat. The sensation is very intense, and she enjoys it very much. I have rarely seen Joy so turned on and so…pliable…as with her bottom nicely filled with a piece of raw ginger.

At the same time, the experience is so intense it’s probably best that we not repeat it overly frequently. Plus, it’s nice to have it in reserve for special occasions, when something really powerful is desired. That will definitely give Joy something to look forward to!

Enjoy yourself,

Jake

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