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These findings suggest that there is a positive correlation between the intensity with which one practices BDSM and their education level. It could be suggested that individuals with higher education levels are attracted to the psychological dynamics of BDSM play and see it as an enrichment of their relationship or sexuality, but this should be clarified by future research. It may also be that a participation bias exists, because more-educated BDSM practitioners may be more prone to participate in research or because they may have easier access to research projects through internet forums.
Nonetheless, it should be noted that these findings are merely associations found between education level and BDSM interest and, thus, did not reflect causality. Future BDSM research could explore whether higher education levels may be linked to more liberal attitudes and beliefs or a more unrestricted sociosexual orientation. This parallels the evolution in the social profile of the public BDSM community, because in the s and s, initial clubs were typically part of the gay leather scene.
This also has significant advantages for research in the field, because it results in a vast increase in the accessibility of the population for research purposes and thereby strongly reduces study population selection bias.
Moreover, within the community, BDSM play is more associated with long-term relationships, and some even indicate them as being unnecessary or inappropriate in short-term sexual encounters, 85 again pointing toward the bidirectional association between an emotional connection and BDSM play.
This interesting notion should be explored in future research. Cross and Matheson 80 indicate that it is power that is at the core of BDSM interactions, rather than pain, bondage, and humiliation, which are merely tools or methods to achieve the mutual creation of a hierarchical status. As such, the exchange of power in an erotic context is the driving mechanism underlying sexual pleasure. An important limitation of this approach is that it was a virtual interaction, not necessarily reflecting all processes involved in a real-life interaction.
This notion mirrors the fact that women having sexual fantasies of forced sex often imagine minimal physical discomfort in those fantasies, 87 , 88 , 89 suggesting that it is the power dynamics rather than a masochistic mechanism driving these fantasies. Although, for some, BDSM is a form of leisure or a means to spice things up in the bedroom, 33 , 65 other practitioners will argue that BDSM is their sexual identity or orientation.
Some even go as far as to perpetually maintain their BDSM dynamics in their everyday lives. For example, a person identifying as gay will indicate that sexual orientation stands for who he or she essentially is. Up to now, very few studies focused on the biologic underpinnings of BDSM practice, but some indeed have investigated effects of gender, brain activity patterns, or associations with hormonal changes.
Several studies looked into the association between the sex of the participant and BDSM role. Women also demonstrate significantly higher interest in submissive sexual fantasies 16 and express a preference for a dominant man. From an evolutionary point of view, male assertiveness is a characteristic valued by women in their male potential partners, because it may have led to increased survival chances for women and children.
To do so, they investigated the hypothesis that sexual arousal induced by hierarchical imbalance between a person and his or her partner reflects a mating strategy. They showed that, compared with control subjects, sexually dominant men and sexually submissive women perceived themselves as being more attractive and had more biological children. This led the authors to conclude BDSM to be a successful mating strategy. In contemporary society, dominance is still primarily considered a masculine characteristic.
Words referring to sex primed faster responses for submissive words in women, leading the authors to conclude that women implicitly associated sex with submission, an association not found in men. It was also demonstrated that many adolescent girls, but not boys, report assuming a submissive role during their first sexual experiences.
Notably, Hawley and Hensley 92 also demonstrated high preference rates for submissive fantasies in some men, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The authors suggest differential between-gender mechanisms for these submissive fantasies. In women, interest in submission is presumably mainly driven by the need for nurturing and security, whereas, in men, this need is possibly more associated with the need to surrender to the will of another.
The authors note that this might not be a strictly biological phenomenon and could potentially be explained, at least partially, by cultural changes over the years. Possibly, in the BDSM community, acceptance toward more-fluid role positioning may have increased over time, although this notion should be investigated. It may also reflect a level of maturity needed to take on the dominant role and implement the responsibilities needed for the role. This finding was corroborated by Luo and Zhang, who showed that submissive women have lower differential amplitudes of several event-related potentials, compared with control subjects, when looking at pictures of women with painful and neutral facial expressions.
These reduced event-related potentials include the N1, P2, and long-latency potential. The N1 has been associated with the perception of threat, whereas the P2 has been linked to the degree of perceived pain in others.
In contrast, both masochists and non-BDSM control subjects reported equal levels of negative emotions while experiencing pain in everyday life. A single functional magnetic resonance imaging study investigated brain activity in masochists during the administration of painful laser stimuli while viewing body-related masochistic stimuli vs other, non-masochistic stimuli.
Compared with control subjects, masochistic participants reported reduced pain perception while viewing the masochistic images, which was mirrored by higher levels of positive arousal while watching the images. Interestingly, they had unaltered pain perception in other non-masochistic contexts. Brain imaging revealed that, in masochists, the functional connectivity of the parietal operculum to the left and right insulae, the central operculum, and the supramarginal gyrus is altered.
Activity of the insula region specifically has been associated with aversion. These results, thus, suggest that masochists tend to experience painful stimuli when framed in a masochistic social context as being less negative compared with control subjects.
These aforementioned regions of the operculum have also been shown to be activated in non-BDSM participants when watching sexual video clips. The level of activation of these brain structures predicted sexual arousal induced by these videos. Male sex hormones, especially testosterone levels, are known to be associated with sexual activity and aggression in general, , but it should be noted that the association between testosterone and aggressive behavior is a complex one that remains to be elucidated.
Nonetheless, this association has been extrapolated to both sexual non-consensual sadism and sexual masochism. Contrasting to previous results, female but not male submissives had increased testosterone levels after BDSM play, whereas testosterone levels remained stable in dominants.
The authors hypothesized the hormonal increase in female submissives to signify an aggressive response to the SM activities, but they also suggested that testosterone was associated with increases in positive mood, although the latter is less likely, given that increases in testosterone are more associated with depressive mood.
Similarly, increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been associated with both sadistic and masochistic 66 , behaviors. Surprisingly, Klement and colleagues 66 , found that increased cortisol levels were inversely correlated with subjective stress levels, as well as negative affect.
Participants may have high pain tolerance levels and, thus, may not experience BDSM-related pain stimuli as particularly painful subjectively, although the body may have registered pain-related sensations. Another explanation may be that pain play could have a moderating effect on the link between physiological and psychological stress, by reducing negative or inducing positive emotions during these activities.
The induction of both sex and stress-related hormones in response to painful stimuli might provide an explanation for the historic notion that pain induction can be sexually arousing.
Other physical activities that may be accompanied by pain, such as long-distance running or dancing, can equally lead to a euphoric state of mind.
An interest in BDSM-related intimacy and sexuality can translate into a wide range of different fantasies and activities. Kinks and related interests come in many forms and present themselves very individually. It should be noted that this is a tentative model, because many aspects included need further scrutiny. Biologic factors such as gender identity, as well as the constitution of the central pain and reward systems, may influence BDSM orientation, although it can also be argued that these systems change over time as a result of BDSM activities.
These are interesting notions to be explored in future research. Sex hormone levels may contribute to the BDSM role identity dominant vs submissive and to what extent it is a sexually related interest. Both personality traits, such as higher levels of openness or extraversion, as well as the presence of a personality disorder, may have a mediating effect toward a higher interest in BDSM, although only limited evidence is available with regard to the amount of impact, as well as its specificity.
Attachment styles will determine dynamics within the couple and may influence the willingness to explore limits and limitations in a BDSM context. Education levels can equally steer relational or sexual interest, because a higher percentage of BDSM practitioners have a college degree, which often comes with higher levels of responsibilities. It has been suggested that BDSM offers a framework in which these work-related responsibilities can be let go, resulting in a sense of personal freedom.
As such, if 1 of the parents is the authoritative figure within the couple, the child is more likely to also develop a hierarchical disparity in their future couple dynamics and sexuality. To what extent BDSM interests and tendencies develop over time is moderated by, among others, sexual partner choices and accessibility of the BDSM community eg, online or the proximity of a club.
A biopsychosocial model for BDSM interests. Within the BDSM spectrum, these interests develop in several dimensions. Additionally, the nature of the play elements driving the power exchange may be different, because some focus on role or power play, whereas others are more oriented toward pain play or may implement both aspects. The current review only included original research articles and, thus, did not implement any of the multitude of existing opinion pieces, which mostly approach BDSM from a psychodynamic angle.
Another confounding factor is the extent of generalizability of data. Generally, literature can be divided into 2 categories: the first focuses on BDSM practitioners recruited from specialized settings club members and, more recently, the online community , which inherently creates a selection bias, because these members are more actively or intensely pursuing their interests, and may not represent the general BDSM-oriented population.
Alternatively, more recent studies are using large-scale survey studies to investigate several aspects of BDSM in the general population, but they tend to be more descriptive in nature. Research should not only focus on BDSM-oriented people who practice their interests in BDSM-themed clubs, but also take advantage of the increased accessibility of practitioners and more broadly, BDSM-interested individuals without experience, provided by internet forums. This will allow scrutinizing the wide spectrum of BDSM interest.
Informative research venues could be driving psychological mechanisms in these interests such as personality traits, coping skills, sensation-seeking behavior , parenting style of the parents of these individuals, relationship between BDSM and communication style in and outside intimate relationships, associations between BDSM interests and psychological or psychiatric disorders, evolutions in the perception of BDSM interests in society and associated stigma, and international differences in BDSM practices.
Finally, research into biomarkers related to reward, sexuality, intimacy, and experienced stress may further our understanding of these interests. Conflict of Interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Journal List Sex Med v. Sex Med. Published online Apr 5. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.
Manuel Morrens: eb. Tel: ; Fax: eb. Received Sep 14; Accepted Feb 3. Published by Elsevier Inc. Abstract Introduction BDSM bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism increasingly receives attention from the scientific community. Aim To bring together all the existing scientific literature on BDSM from a biopsychosocial perspective. Main Outcome Measure Prevalence rates of BDSM interests were investigated in the literature, as well as the associations between BDSM interests on one hand and personality traits, adverse childhood experiences, education levels, sexual orientations and biological markers on the other.
Strengths and Limitations The limitations of the current review reflect those of the topical scientific literature. Conclusion From this biopsychosocial perspective, we offer a dimensional approach while integrating the factors driving the onset and evolution of BDSM interests. Introduction BDSM, previously known as sadomasochism or SM , is an overarching abbreviation of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism and refers to a physical, psychological, and sexual role-play involving power exchange between consensual participants.
Methods The current systematic review was conducted according to PRISMA-P preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols guidelines.
Inclusion Criteria A literature search was performed using the following inclusion and exclusion criteria: i research articles with a focus on BDSM generating original data were included; ii case reports on consensual sexual masochism and submission were included; iii opinion articles, comment letters, and essays without original data were excluded; iv given the focus on consensual sexual sadism or masochism, forensic articles on sexual offenders were excluded.
Study Selection Titles and abstracts were screened to eliminate irrelevant articles. Open in a separate window. Women had more frequent positive cognitions of sexual submission than men. The authors used a self-developed rating scale asking for sexual cognitions, including cognitions on sexual submission, whipping, spanking, and hurting partner. It did not ask for actual experiences with BDSM-themed practices.
Men chose submissive-woman depictions approximately 2. Women chose either submissive- or dominant-man depictions with equal frequency. A banner was offered attached to the e-mail account of members of general population. After clicking on the banner, the participant had to choose an icon displaying different hierarchical positions between partners. Presumably, 0. No age limits were defined for participation. Experiencing pain as part of sex was very or somewhat appealing to Use of blindfolds very to somewhat appealing in This large-scale survey focused on a broad range of sexual behavior but included some BDSM-themed questions.
Actual experience once in lifetime was confirmed by Levels indicated for masochism were significantly higher when assessed by internet survey compared to telephone interview. Stigma Surrounding BDSM There is a distinct stigma surrounding the spectrum of BDSM, resulting, among others, from the fact that it links sexuality to pain, power display, and humiliation, rather than to romance and tenderness, an association more commonly made by the general public.
Age of Awareness and Education Levels Many BDSM-oriented individuals became aware of their kink-themed interests at a relatively young age, that is, before the age of The Biological Aspects of BDSM Up to now, very few studies focused on the biologic underpinnings of BDSM practice, but some indeed have investigated effects of gender, brain activity patterns, or associations with hormonal changes.
Brain Activity Associated With Dynamical Pain Thresholds in BDSM Practitioners 2 studies gauging pain thresholds in masochistic subjects 98 , 99 demonstrated that masochists displayed pain hyposensitivity. Hormonal Changes Associated with BDSM Male sex hormones, especially testosterone levels, are known to be associated with sexual activity and aggression in general, , but it should be noted that the association between testosterone and aggressive behavior is a complex one that remains to be elucidated.
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Coluccia A. The act of a dominant and submissive relationship has been branched off the overarching term of BDSM and its lifestyle. Therefore, many practitioners of the BDSM community do not fit the criteria. It is possible that this community of BDSM participants was formed in the early 18th century and maybe even before. For example, the dominant and submissive partnership has been shown in early versions of the Kamasutra. Their actions show severe sadomasochism as well as the early onset behaviors of the community.
Nowadays the relationship between a dominant and submissive is revolved around consent and guidelines. Within the world of BDSM, consent has prevailed as a core focus and requirement because it is what separates sexual sadism from coercive sexual sadism disorder in the DSM Sexual Sadism Disorder and Sexual Masochism Disorder have been changed in order to show the differentiation of consensual vs. The inner conflict and surrender connected with dominance and submission are enduring themes in human culture and civilization.
In human sexuality, this has broadened to include mutual exploration of roles, emotions, and activities that would be difficult or impossible to act out without a willing partner taking an opposing role. A study suggests that only about 30 percent of participants in BDSM activities are females. Recent research shows that a minority of the population engages or fantasizes about BDSM activity. A safeword is usually given to the submissive partner to prevent the dominant from overstepping physical and emotional boundaries.
It is usually a code word, series of code words or other signal used to communicate physical or emotional state, typically when approaching, or crossing, a boundary. Safewords can have differing levels of urgency - some may bring a scene to an outright stop, whereas others may indicate that a boundary is being approached. A safeword may be used by the Dominant as well as the Submissive if they feel things have gone too far and are uncomfortable continuing.
It is usually a negotiated lifestyle, with people discussing their wishes, limits , and needs in order to find commonality. Most adherents search for the essential intensity, trust, and intimacy that are required to make any deep relationship possible. BDSM is the sexual practices of bondage and torture, dominant and submissive, as well as sadomasochism.
In addition to "dominant" and "submissive", a "switch" is a person who can take either role. Most of the time in sexual relationships like this there is some sort of power exchange through their physical interaction. In contrast, the terms top and bottom refer to the active agent and passive patient roles, respectively. In a given scene, there is no requirement that the dominant also be the top, or that the submissive be the bottom, although this is often the case.
The term vanilla refers to normative "non- kinky " sex and relationships, the vanilla world being mainstream society outside of the BDSM subculture.
The term comes from vanilla ice cream being considered the "default" flavor. Power exchange is consensual and in reality, it is the submissive that has the underlying control during the relationship exchange. The terms top and bottom are used as verbs or nouns to describe the physical play of SM but with less of a focus of the "sadist" and "masochist" part of the activity.
They can be used as synonyms for dominant and submissive. It can also be used to describe a club where these activities take place. It can also be a place to practice kinks safely and learn how to carry out activities and play. The term dungeon monitors is used as a description of well-trusted BDSM members that volunteer to monitor dungeons and look out for infractions, distress, or any other form of misconduct or non-consent.
The term flogger is used to describe a tool or whip used in sexual scenes. The action of flogging refers to impact play.
Usually made of leather with a hard handle and multiple long flat strands attached. The term can also be used to describe the person holding the specialized whip. It is simply used for gathering with like-minded people and not for actual scenes or play. They are usually held in restaurants or private banquet rooms, and they are heavily advertised on the internet. The term Squick describes the uncomfortable feeling someone may get when they hear or see certain kinky activities. Although it is used instead of disgust because that word implies moral repugnance to the act.
The term Erotic Humiliation involves humiliating someone during a sexual act. This act could be either verbal or physical for example, insulting a partner, making a partner display their private parts to a group of people, or even urinating or defecating on a partner. It can be a great source of pleasure for some people. The term Breath Control is the restriction of oxygen to heighten sexual arousal and orgasm. Methods of this could be strangulation, suffocation, and smothering.
The term Total Power Exchange TPE is a relationship dynamic that occurs where the dominant partner has total power over the submissive in everything. TPE always applies in sexual situations, but generally also refers to the dominant having power over all other elements of the submissive's life. The term kinky-sex refers to any sexual act that is generally considered to be unconventional. It was popularized in internet chatrooms, to make it easier to identify the orientation of the writer or the person being written about.
Also, some submissives eschew personal pronouns, instead referring to themselves as "this slave" or "Master Bob's girl". This is sometimes considered an expression of modesty, but it is an entirely optional method of depersonalizing a submissive during "play".
It may have roots in the military , where new recruits are required to refer to themselves as "this recruit", rather than "I" or "me". Relationships may be monogamous or polyamorous. Fantasy role play can be an element, with partners taking classic dominant or submissive roles, or classic authority-figure roles such as teacher and student, police officer and suspect, or parent and child.
These variations may include:. Dominant and submissive partnerships occur in every type of relationship including the people of the LGBTQ community. Power is extremely eroticized in these activities, therefore, social power dynamics, as well as structural power inequalities, have an effect on intimacy and touch towards a partner.
It can be stated that there is no powerless sex, even when it's vanilla. There are many forms of power but some include power as a contract, as setting parameters, as control, and as denying rights or privileges.
Power as a contract is all completely voluntary while setting parameters is more about establishing guidelines, control is all about dominance, and finally, denial of rights contains the factor of delayed gratification. Some examples are:. Consent is a vital element in all psychological play, and consent can be granted in many ways.
Some employ a written form known as a "Dungeon negotiation form", for others a simple verbal commitment is sufficient. There are many versions of consent but mainly it is the knowledge between the partnership of who plays the dominant role and who plays the submissive. As well as the fact that all erotic experiences are performed in a safe, legal, and consensual practice as well as benefiting both parties.
Surface consent has been defined as a simple yes or no. Negotiation in terms of the sexual scenes is required to ensure that the BDSM play is enjoyable and safe for both parties involved. The discussion of what activities are available and the mutual definition of the play is the only way both the dominant and submissive will be able to comfortably perform. Safewords are verbal codes both partners can recognize as the end or altering of activities done in a BDSM scene.
It is an important asset to continue the consent through the relationship and scene itself. All of it ensures a safe space where both participants are able to enjoy the sexual play. The BDSM community takes consent very seriously and promotes safe play. They also provide public playrooms with dungeon monitors to make sure the rules are kept and followed. Although they take all the precautions to the events, coercion and sexual assault still occur inside and outside the community.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom NCSF is an educational organization that is driven to propose positive and safe sex that was founded in That being said just because someone participates in a dominant and submissive relationship does not mean they will eventually be sexually assaulted or coerced.