Dominance & Submission

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The Black Rose
Black Rose is "a non-profit organization which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance and submission, bondage & discipline, fetishism...
The Catalyst
Adamson, Sara [Antoniou, Laura]
Different Loving: An exploration of the world of sexual dominance and submission
Brame, G., Grame, W., Jacobs, J.
Explores and demystifies the worlds of BDSM, sexual power relationships, and fetishism.
Feminism and Sadomasochism
Califia, Pat
Califia says that sadomasochism encourages fluidity and questions the naturalness of binary dichotomies in society.
Healing the Wounds: The Promise of Ecofeminism
Plant, Judith
An anthology of writings on ecofeminism.
Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook
Wiseman, Jay
A compendium of advice on how to tie up your sweetie, or get tied up yourself.
Lesbian Sex Mafia ("l s/m") speakout
Moira, Fran
Report of a workshop on "politically correct, politically incorrect sexuality."
On the Safe Edge: A Manual for SM Play
Jacques, Trevor; Dr. Dale; Hamilton, Michael; Sniffer
A handbook on safe practices in S&M play.
Porn can be good for you
Tatchell, Peter
While pornography can be dehumanising and exploitative, it can also be educative, liberating, empowering, fulfilling and immensely socially beneficial. It all depends on how it is made, who makes it, ...
Rubin, Gayle
A history of Samois, the first public organization devoted to lesbian sadomasochism and a key player in the early phases of the feminist "sex wars".
Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns
Miller, Philip; Devon, Molly
A guide to S&M play.
Sensuous Magic: A Guide for Adventurous Couples
Califia, Pat
A peek behind the mask of dominant/submissive sexuality: an adventurous adult world of pleasure often obscured by ignorance and fear. Califia demystifies the scene for the novice, explaining the terms...
Sex, Power and Pleasure
Valverde, Mariana

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Eulenspiegel Society
We support sexual liberation as a basic requirement of a truly free society. Our special concern is freedom for sexual minorities and particularly the rights of those whose sexuality embraces D/S or d...
Greenery Press
Publishes books for the sexually adventurous. Greenery Press has built an international reputation for publishing the best in responsible, sexy information about all kinds of consensual non-mainstrea...
A web portal featuring sexuality resources: articles, websites, books. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools ma...
Society for Human Sexuality
Social and educational organization whose purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation for the many forms of adult intimate relationships and consensual sexual expression.

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A type of roleplay or lifestyle choice between two or more individuals who use their experiences of pain and power to create sexual tension, pleasure, and release.
Bondage pornography
Bondage pornography specializes in the depiction of sexual bondage or BDSM activities, as photographs, stories, movies, or drawings.
Bondage Rigger
A bondage rigger is a person who ties up others primarily as an art form, as opposed to people who do this to immobilize a bottom to prepare them for other forms of BDSM like flogging.
Bottom (BDSM)
In BDSM, a bottom or submissive is the partner in a BDSM relationship or a BDSM scene who takes the passive, receiving, or obedient role, to that of the top or dominant.
Chastity Belt
A chastity belt is a locking item of clothing designed to prevent sexual intercourse.
Chastity Cage
A device which encloses the male genitals to prevent stimulation and erection.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - Wikipedia article
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983), Beauty's Punishment (1984), and Beauty's Release (1985) are erotic novels by Anne Rice writing under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure.
Cock and Ball Torture
Cock and ball torture (CBT) is a sexual activity involving torture of the male genitals.
Collar (BDSM)
In a BDSM context, a collar is a device of any material placed around the neck of the submissive partner. It is also a term used to show ownership of one partner by another. A person wearing a collar ...
Consent (BDSM)
Consent within BDSM is an issue that attracts much attention in the field. Practitioners' interests are in ensuring appropriate consent for personal, ethical, and legal reasons. The law also has its o...
Contract (BDSM)
In BDSM, a contract is an agreement, usually written, between the dominant and submissive in a 24/7 or Total Power Exchange (TPE) relationship. It is the formal act of consent to the power exchange. S...
Dominance and submission
Dominance and submission (also known as D&s, Ds or D/s) is a set of behaviors, customs and rituals involving the giving by one individual to another individual of dominance over them in an erotic epis...
A dominatrix (plural dominatrices or dominatrixes) or mistress is a woman who takes the dominant role in bondage and discipline, dominance and submission or BDSM.
Erotic Humiliation
Erotic humiliation is the consensual use of psychological humiliation in a sexual context, whereby one person gains arousal or erotic excitement from the powerful emotions of being humiliated and deme...
Erotic spanking
Erotic spanking is the act of spanking another person for the sexual arousal or gratification of either or both parties. Activities range from occasional sexual roleplay (such as ageplay) to domestic ...
Female dominance
Female dominance (or Femdom) refers to the BDSM relationships or BDSM scenes where the dominant partner is female.
Female submission
Female submission describes a relationship in which a female voluntarily submits to the will of another.
Forced Orgasm
A forced orgasm is a form of orgasm control where the active partner sexually stimulates a submissive partner to the point of the submissive's involuntary orgasm, with the submissive attempting to res...
Glossary of BDSM
This glossary of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism, Masochism) terms defines terms commonly used in the BDSM community.
Keuschheit in der BDSM-Szene
In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten hat das Thema „Keuschheit" die BDSM-Szene beschäftigt. Ein moderner Keuschheitsgürtel gibt dem dominanten Partner die (fast absolute) Kontrolle über das Geschlecht und d...
Orgasm Control
Orgasm control, also known as "edging", "peaking", "surfing", and by other terms, is a sexual technique which involves the maintenance of a high level of sexual arousal for an extended period of time ...
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Power exchange (BDSM)
In BDSM, the term power exchange refers to a relationship or activity in which the submissive gives to the dominant partner power and authority over the submissive's body in exchange for the submissiv...
Sadism is pleasure in the infliction of pain or humiliation upon another person, while masochism is pleasure in receiving the pain. These practices are often related and are collectively known as sado...
Story of O
Story of O (French: Histoire d'O, is an erotic novel published in 1954 about dominance and submission by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage.

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Serial Publication (Periodical)
A safe sex manual for SM Play. The authors, all experts in SM play, dispel the stereotypes and myths about sadomasochism with this introduction to a hitherto hidden world of human expression. Safe Edg...
Marginal Distribution
Book distributor.
QSM - Books, Magazines and Comics
Books, DVDs, magazines, and comics on SM, dominance & submission, erotic pain, and related fetishes.
A web portal featuring sexuality resources: articles, websites, books. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools ma...