What is BDSM?

If you’re here, it’s because you want to know more about BDSM. This article details the main themes and doctrines of BDSM.

BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadism and Masochism.

It’s a sexual or non-sexual practice, part of a search for physical and/or psychological sensations.

 

Bondage

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The term Bondage encompasses not only the best-known practice, Shibari, which involves tying another person up with ropes, but also any type of physical restraint using various objects such as handcuffs, vacuum beds or leg irons. The ways of tying or restraining are extremely varied.

Discipline

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The term Discipline encompasses the practice of “training”, of strict rules. The idea of constraint is mental in this case. Practices can be as diverse and varied as your imagination. You can rely on principles already written down, such as a “guide to good table manners”, or by applying the “submissive positions”, or even by inventing your own.

Domination and submission

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The terms Domination and submission (or D/s) refer to the fact that one person consciously has a certain ascendancy over another consenting person, and is aware of this ascendancy. This can be a one-off thing, or all the time, what we’ll call “24/7”.

Sadism and Masochism

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The terms Sadism and Masochism refer to loving to inflict pain, or loving to feel it. The forms of suffering are very varied, physical or psychological, mild to very intense. The only limits are your imagination and your partner’s consent.

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BDSM can be a great way to explore your sexuality and discover new pleasures. However, it’s essential to do so with caution and within your own desires and limits. BDSM is a sexual practice that respects yourself and others, and must be practiced with mutual respect and safety.

To this end, the BDSM community has several doctrines to guide practitioners.

Keep in mind that you can change them as you evolve and have your own principles, as long as they contain the “C” for consent, present in all of them.

Without consent, there’s no BDSM, a point that’s common to all the different doctrines in the field.

BDSM Doctrines

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Consent is the key

SSC : Safe, Sane and Consensual.

This doctrine focuses above all on emotional and physical safety, as well as consent. We’ll strive to face as few risks as possible.

RACK : Risk-Aware, Consensual Kink*.

This doctrine places the emphasis on knowing what risks you can face, always with your consent. It marks the awareness that practices are not always healthy or safe, and that we may still want to practice them, while being aware of the risks.

PRICK : Personnal-Responsibility Informed Consensual Kink*.

This doctrine emphasizes that it is the responsibility of each participant to be informed and aware of the risks to which he or she is consensually exposed.

CCC : Committed Compassionate Consensual.

This doctrine is based primarily on consensual benevolence, and a certain commitment to the other.

4Cs : Caring, Communication, Consent and Caution.

This is the most recent doctrine, and it sets out various aspects to be taken into account. Being attentive to others, communicating and taking risks into account, while remaining consensual.

*Kink could be translated as: An unusual, alternative or strange sexual practice for the uninitiated. It could also be associated with “naughty” practices.

Ask any questions you may have in the comments, and I’ll be happy to answer them.
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