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A diagonal cross is an X-shaped cross which submissive people can be bound to for flogging or whipping. They are commonly seen in BDSM dungeons.
A diagonal cross is also called a St. Andrew’s Cross. The term diagonal cross is more common in the United Kingdom, while St. Andrew’s Cross is the dominant term in the United States. It is also sometimes known as a Crux Decussata, X-Cross, X-Frame, or Saltire Cross.
A diagonal cross is usually made of wood. However, it can be made of metal or another type of material. Some are padded with PVC or leather for the submissive’s comfort. It usually has restraining points for securing a submissive person’s wrists, ankles, and waist. It is typically attached to a wall. It may be attached to a central hinge which allows the diagonal cross, and the submissive attached to it, to be spun around and even held upside down.
Submissives are restrained to a diagonal cross in a spreadeagle position. This position exposes their body to dominants’ whips or floggers. Submissives may be restrained with either their back or front facing the diagonal cross. Typically when a submissive is tied to a diagonal cross for punishment, their front will face the diagonal cross. When a submissive is tied for sexual pleasure, examination, or teasing, their front will face the dominant.
Diagonal crosses are available through specialty BDSM furniture retailers. However, as their design is simple, many BDSM practitioners make their own. People who opt to DIY must make sure their diagonal crosses are stable for safe use.