A tool with a broad, flat surface. Paddles are frequently used in BDSM and roleplay. They can be manufactured from a variety of materials including leather, faux leather, rubber, plastic, and silicone.

In BDSM, paddles are often used to strike (or “punish”) the receiving partner for erotic effect. Different techniques and materials can be used to alter the experience. For example, some paddles have textured surfaces, which can compound the intensity of each strike.