Male dominance, or maledom, refers to BDSM activities where the dominant partner is male.
Maledom scenarios are common in BDSM fiction, including works such as the Story of O and the works of John Norman and Adrian Hunter. Maledom is a growing adult film genre.
Maledom fiction began with the works of the Marquis de Sade who wrote about sexual scenarios in which men tortured others, primarily women. The term "sadism" is derived from de Sade's name. Since then, the lifestyle around male dominance has grown into a large part of the BDSM scene.
A 1995 study indicates that 71% of heterosexual males preferred a dominant-initiator role, and 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. A 1985 study suggests that about 30% of participants in BDSM activities are females.
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