Female dominance

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Female dominance (or femdom) refers to BDSM relationships and BDSM scenes in which the dominant partner is female. Often a dominant woman, she may be called a Dom, Domme /ˈdɒm/, Femdomme, Domina, or Dominatrix, depending on context or personal preference. A female dominant in a master/slave relationship is often termed a Mistress, not to be confused with the colloquial usage of mistress as a kept sexual partner without a similarly formalized power relationship.

Associated activities[edit]

Generally, activities consist of anything from role reversal to more extreme acts of BDSM such as torture.

As with other BDSM orientations, there is no predefined set of activities that necessarily fall exclusively within the sphere of female dominance. Typically, the female dominant determines the activity within the context of a consensual encounter.

Sexual activities can include strap-on dildo penetration (pegging) in which the dominant partner performs anal sex on the submissive partner, if male, or if the partner is female, either vaginal sex or anal sex, and facesitting or smothering, which both tend to focus on the submissive partner performing cunnilingus and/or anilingus on the dominant partner. The dominant female may engage in intercourse with other individuals and "force" the submissive partner to watch or felch, or "force" feminize (forced feminization) the male partner or "force" bisexuality, which are more commonly done by a top as a request by a male bottom.

Practices of domination common to many BDSM and other various sexual relationships are also prevalent, such as various forms of body worship, ass worship, cunnilingus; foot worship, tease and denial; corporal punishment including spanking, caning whipping; orgasm denial; cock and ball torture; and as well as verbal humiliation, face slapping, hair pulling, dripping hot wax on the genitals, spitting, golden showers, and "forced" chastity.

A 1985 study suggests that about 30% of participants in BDSM activities are females.[1][2] A 1995 study indicates that 89% of heterosexual females who are active in BDSM expressed a preference for a submissive-recipient role in sexual bondage, suggesting also a preference for a dominant male, and 71% of heterosexual males preferred a dominant-initiator role.[3]

Celibacy as a sexual fetish[edit]

In the Femdom world, it is not unusual for a man, and occasionally a woman, to be "placed" in celibacy, i.e., ordered to be celibate. Usually masturbation is not permitted.[4] A wide variety of "celibacy devices" are currently (2014) for sale; in the most common type the penis is enclosed so that it cannot become erect, although urination is possible.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Breslow, Norman; Evans, Linda; Langley, Jill (1985). "On the prevalence and roles of females in the sadomasochistic subculture: Report of an empirical study". Archives of Sexual Behavior 14 (4): 303–17. doi:10.1007/BF01550846. PMID 4051718. 
  2. ^ Levitt, Eugene E.; Moser, Charles; Jamison, Karen V. (1994). "The prevalence and some attributes of females in the sadomasochistic subculture: A second report". Archives of Sexual Behavior 23 (4): 465–73. doi:10.1007/BF01541410. PMID 7993186. 
  3. ^ Ernulf, Kurt E.; Innala, Sune M. (1995). "Sexual bondage: A review and unobtrusive investigation". Archives of Sexual Behavior 24 (6): 631–54. doi:10.1007/BF01542185. PMID 8572912. 
  4. ^ Georgia Ivey Green, A KeyHolder's Handbook: A Woman's Guide To Male Chastity, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013, ISBN 1493595377.