A dominatrix with two naked female submissives - image taken at Studio Biederer, Paris, 1930.

BDSM is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, roleplaying, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience. Interest in BDSM can range from one-time experimentation to a lifestyle.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to BDSM:


Different types of Rope bondage

Main article: Bondage (BDSM)

By material
By body part


Dominance and Submission (D&s or D/s)

Left: A submissive female, strips off her clothes (at the command of her master), while maintaining "Attention" pose. Right: The same woman poses nude, in different slave or BDSM positions.

Dominance and submission


Types of play

Main article: Play (BDSM)

Animal roleplay at Folsom Street Fair: women dressed as kitten (left) and as pony (right).

Types of torture

Cock and ball torture by a dominatrix slapping testicles of a submissive male.

BDSM equipment

List of bondage equipment

Sexual fetishism and Paraphilia

Sexual sadism disorder
Sexual fetishism

BDSM terminology

Sadomasochism in public: Woman (left) and man (right) chained to Saint Andrew's Cross get flogged at Folsom Street Fair.
Discipline (BDSM)
Dominance & submission

Significant BDSM people

See also: List of people associated with BDSM and Category:BDSM people



See also