BDSM ROLE

Role call: What type of BDSM lover are you?

I love BDSM but what BDSM role do I begin with?

BDSM has gained a wide amount of popularity in recent times since the release of 50 shades of Grey. Call it curiosity, a sexual awakening or maybe a hidden desire to be the next Annastasia Steele, the community is growing. We have stepped out of the world of ‘one size fits all’ to finding our own ‘unique vibe’ for sex play.  

What is BDSM?

BDSM is an acronym which stands for Bondage and Discipline (B/D), Dominance and Submission (D/s) and Sadism and Masochism (S & M).

BDSM is a sexual kink that can also double as a lifestyle. There are certain elements of BDSM where sexual activities may not ever be involved. It involves more of power play. One partner relinquishes power to another partner while the other partner takes control. All of these depend on the role played in the relationship. Those who practice BDSM as a lifestyle may interact with these roles 24/7 while other partners may decide to only explore these roles only in the bedroom.

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What BDSM role can I play?

Before you get involved in any role, it’s important you know what the types of roles available, what it entails and the dynamics. Most persons are quick to identify as a dominant or submissive without fully understanding the type of submissive or dominant they may be.

There are three major BDSM roles.

Dominants: A dominant takes external control in a relationship. They wield a lot of power and sometimes may not inflict pain but is the domineering person in the relationship with control. This role is not limited to any gender. 

Submissive: A submissive wields power to the dominant. The partner in role derives satisfaction in giving up their control to the dominant.

Switch: A switch is comfortable in either role and can always switch between roles as they please. They prefer not be tied to any role (pun intended).

Types of BDSM roles

With the major roles defined, we would explore the sub roles in Dominant and submissive relationship in the BDSM lifestyle.

Types of Dominants  

Master/ Mistress

This is a typical type of dominant that is in control all the time. Partners in this relationship normally take on 24/7 relationship with their submissive. This type of dominant normally has a contractual agreement signed with his submissive with rules, do’s and dont’s and a guide on how the relationship should go. Here, the Master teaches the submissive how to serve them in a way they enjoy. The master may control the mistress’ daily activities both sexual and non-sexual.

The submissive may take permission from the Master to do certain things such as using the bathroom and when to eat. However, all of these must be consensual and agreed to by the submissive. However, this does not mean that the sub in this case doesn’t have any say to express discomfort if they feel choked (literally). Like every BDSM relationship, a safeword can be used to express this. The Master/Mistress must not do anything not included in the contract because he has the submissive’s well being at heart. Check out these unique safe word ideas.

Top

This is the phrase for the typical dominant that carries out all erotic sexual acts like tying, the cuffing and generally giving the orders. Remember, everything has to be consensual of course.

There is also a service top that performs sexual acts on their bottom; the sub based on their request. 

Daddy/Mummy Dom

These Doms are different from the regular Dom role because they speak to the inner child of their littles; the sub.  This type of dominant enjoy taking on a caring and nurturing role. However, just like every dominant relationship, there is a form of control. This control can be in form of rules as signed in a contract, controlling what their little wears, where they go to as well as other decisions.

But, the Mummy or Daddy Dom also tries to find a balance in the relationship they have with their little. They encourage them like children, scold, punish and reward accordingly. These Doms are very good with aftercare and provide lots of it to their little who need it to feel loved after a BDSM scene.

Sadist

This is a dominant that enjoys inflicting pain on their submissive partner. This kind of pain can be inflicted through torture using tools like a whip, flogger or paddle. Sadists derive sexual pleasure from inflicting pain on a masochist; the sub. This is also about control  and submission they get from doing this.

Owner

This dominant role is for partners who enjoy pet play. Here, the dominant partner looks after the pet; the person playing the role of an animal. They exhibit control by locking their pet in a cage, move them around with a collar or leash and punish them when they err. In this role the owner also grooms, feeds  and trains the pet when needed.

Rigger

If you like tying up then this is a role you may want to try out. A rigger controls his dominant through the use of bondage and restraint. A rigger derives pleasure from control, watching their partner fight back and try to break free. A rigger may employ other means of control in addition to restraint like gagging or impact play.

Types of submissive roles

Slave

A slave performs BDSM as a lifestyle. They consent to surrender themselves as property of their owner and everything they do is decided by their Master /Mistress. A BDSM slave normally starts out as a submissive before turning into a slave.

In this unique relationship, the slave relaxes and relinquishes all control to their Master/Mistress. This includes what they wear, where they go to and certain aspects of their diet all of which is included in a contract. In this contract, the terms of relationship is also stated as to whether it is a monogamous or not. Most slaves wear a form of symbol that indicates ownership to the Dominant.

Bottom

This is the generic term for a submissive partner. This is the partner that is being spanked, flogged, and tied plus all other types of play. A bottom normally submits but in limited ways and is subject to doing tasks as directed by their top. For example, the top can give the bottom orders on how to please them.

The difference between the bottom and other forms of submissive is that they can also switch roles as decided by their top.

Pet

A Pet is a submissive who enjoys taking the role of a partner as directed by their owner. This may involve walking like an animal, imitating their sounds, being petted and the likes. The pet leaves all the grooming, feeding tasks to their owner and are simply there to serve.

Masochist

A masochist gets sexual pleasure from pain being inflicted on them. This may not be all kinds of pain and only a specific kind of pain.  They normally pair with sadists who get sexual satisfaction from inflicting pain. A masochist can also be bratty as they crave for pain and sometimes disobey just to get punished.

Little

Also known as a babygirl or babyboy, this relationship is also known as DDLG which stands for Daddy Dom/ Little Girl.

The little takes a childlike state and adores their partner. They would do anything to please the Daddy/ Mommy Dom because they make it their mission to care for and protect her.  Littles are associated with childhood activities and often times may dress like a child. It is not uncommon to see a little wearing a diaper or a mouth pacifier.

Their idea of fun may be playing with colouring books, doodling and other activities related with childhood. They also makes use of other BDSM tools like ropes, cuffs and wearing naughty lingerie; a mix of naughty and nice.

Brat

The daring and naughty daddy’s girl.  A brat is a playful, naughty and a rule breaking submissive. Brats enjoy being mischievous, breaking rules and providing their Dom with a challenge. They do not submit easily and know that they can never be completely tamed so they pose a bigger challenge before they allow themselves go. It may be because they enjoy being humiliated or like the punishment that comes after.

Sissymaid

This role is also known as sissification or feminization. It involves a male partner being forced into female role (consensual of course). This role involves lots of costumes like school girls, maids, whore while performing tasks that can be sexual or non-sexual. This role is made to make the submissive feel humiliated.

Conclusion

Just like our fingerprints, no two kinks are practiced the same way. No two D/s are exactly the same way so the roles will feel different to each person. Trust is a major ingredient in any BDSM relationship and this can only be gotten through communication, consent and respect. I hope you find a balance as you go along.

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