With lined handcuffs such as these now available at various Bondage, Domination, Sadism & Masochism retail outlets, it is clear that a new generation of very soft masochists are coming of age.
Heirs of Ritter von Sacher-Masoch & the Marquis de Sade have declined comment.
Retailers say that the new toys have increased sales by a large margin because the "softer" approach entices more & more newbies into the so-called lifestyle. Young women like the fashionable color choices & appreciate not having to feel the cold, unyielding steel.
One rigid dominant, however, claims that softies will rue the day--"Only the hard ones will prevail."
The softies claim that the entire subculture needs new, fresh meat that isn't put off by obviously threatening & often painful types of gear. "Soft is the new way," [as long as you] ". . . get the neophyte accepting, restrained, and ready for adventure."