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:


The term BDSM is a portmanteau of initialisms intended to encompass all of the following activities:


Different types of rope bondage

Main article: Bondage (BDSM)

By material
By body part


Main article: Discipline (BDSM)

Dominance and Submission

Main article: Dominance and submission


Weights hung from nipples using nipple clamps, along with waxplay, at Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Germany (left) and Pussy torture by pulling a labia piercing ring (right).

Main article: Sadomasochism

Types of play

Main article: Play (BDSM)

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

BDSM equipment

Main article: List of BDSM 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)
Glossary of BDSM

Significant BDSM people

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



See also


  1. ^ "FEMALE GENITORTURE (GENITAL TORTURE) | BDSM Digest". www.bdsmdigest.com. Retrieved 2024-01-20.
  2. ^ Jamie (2022-08-15). "Pussy Torture: 14 BDSM Pussy Play Ideas - Kink Lovers". kinklovers.com. Retrieved 2024-01-20.