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In BDSM, service-oriented submission (or sometimes servitude) is the performance of personal tasks for a dominant partner, as part of a submissive role in a BDSM relationship.[1] The submissive is sometimes said to be in service to the dominant. Service-oriented submission is part of a spectrum of submissive behaviors, and not all submissives are service-oriented.[2]

In domestic service roles, the submissive can receive pleasure and satisfaction from performing services for their dominant, such as serving as a butler, waitress, chauffeur, maid or housekeeper.[1] Many derive satisfaction from being focused on the needs of another, rather than themselves.[3]

Service-oriented submission can be performed in ways that are either servile, or dignified.[citation needed] Bootblacking is a service-oriented task performed within the leather subculture.[4][5]

Bootblacking may sometimes involve boot-licking as part of the activity.[6]

The satisfaction of service submission is often combined with the pleasures of fetishes, the pleasures of humiliation, or both. A submissive may rub his or her dominant's feet because the sub enjoys providing the service, has a foot fetish, enjoys being "lower" than the dominant, or any combination.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b Sciortino, Karley (January 31, 2018). "A 'Lifestyle Slave' Is More Than a Sub Who Does All Your Chores for Free". Vice.
  2. ^ Shahbaz, Caroline (2016). Becoming a Kink Aware Therapist. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 978-1-315-29532-9. OCLC 960040878.
  3. ^ Easton, Dossie (2001). The new bottoming book. Janet W. Hardy, Angela Beck (New ed.). San Francisco, Calif.: Greenery. ISBN 978-1-890159-87-0. OCLC 793001222.
  4. ^ "Bootblacking by Niki Smith". Oh Joy Sex Toy. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  5. ^ "A Top's Guide to Being in the Bootblacking Chair". Deviance & Desire. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  6. ^ "Inside the Surprisingly Intimate Fetish of Boot Licking". 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-10-12.