The Hanky Codes

Erotica // Sunday, 11 Aug 2013
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The handkerchief code (also known as the hanky code, the bandana code, and flagging) is a color-coded system, employed usually among the gay male casual-sex seekers or BDSM practitioners in the leather subculture in the United States, Canada, and Europe, to indicate preferred sexual fetishes, what kind of sex they are seeking, and whether they are a top/dominant or bottom/submissive. The hanky code was widely used in the 1970s by gay and bisexual men, and grew from there to include all genders and orientationsAlthough not as widely used these days, it is still a worthwhile resource and is, among those who know, a great conversation starter.

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