Female dominance

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This article is about female dominant behavior in BDSM relationships. For other species, see Dominance (ethology).

Female dominance (or female domination) popularly known as femdom, refers to BDSM relationships and BDSM scenes in which the dominant partner is female.

Associated activities[edit]

Female dominant and male submissive
Male worships at the feet of a female, BDSM.

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

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.