In BDSM, edgeplay is a term for types of sexual play that are "on the edge" of the traditional safe, sane and consensual creed. These forms of BDSM activity are regarded by many as inadvisable and dangerous, and it is nearly universally held that they should not be attempted without proper training, supervision, safety precautions, etc. as appropriate.
Edgeplay may involve:
- the risk of serious, even permanent harm or death (such as branding, body modification, breathplay, gunplay)
- increased risk of spreading disease (E.g. cuttings, bloodplay)
- psychological danger (from such practices as humiliation play, incest fantasies)
- social taboos (for example, ageplay, scat fetishism, racial slurs)
- controversial topics like Total Power Exchange, anonymous rape and abduction scenes, zoophilia
- Fire; see Cigarette, where lit cigarettes or cigars are applied to one's skin.
What constitutes edgeplay varies with the persons involved, and also over time. In the mid-nineties, the Living in Leather convention did not have panels on ageplay or scat because they were considered too edgy. By 2000 they were part of the regular list programming.