BDSM, which stands for Bondage, Discipline and Sadomasochism, is a term that is used to describe a variety of sexual practices, many of which fall under the umbrella of “fetishes”. These practices are primarily dominance and submission, but also include leathers, rubbers, masks, animal players, cross-dressing, body-modding and more. BDSM is typically practiced with two individuals, one of which acts as the dominant force (the “domme" or “top”) with the other acting as the submissive force (the “bottom”).
BDSM practices have been around for as long as the human race, with many of the earliest texts and images shown to depict such acts. The practice boomed in the internet age and was further popularised thanks to the erotica literature movement and books such as Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James, which helped to push BDSM into spotlight.
Variants of BDSM
Types of BDSM play include flogging, bondage, cock and ball torture (known as CBT), erotic electrostimulation, medical play, role-play, spanking, strap-on play, whipping, wax play, suspension and tickle torture.
List of paraphilias