Some people enjoy submitting to another person, placing themselves under the power of another, in a sexual context. A Paraphilia must be distinguished from the nonpathological use of sexual fantasies, behaviors, or objects as a stimulus for sexual excitement in individuals without a paraphilia. Retrieved 13 July This, combined with the fear of discrimination in everyday life, leads in some cases to a double life which can be highly burdensome. Archived from the original on 21 June Deviant Behavior.
They concluded that "men more often display an engagement in dominant practices, whereas females take on the submissive part.
Are you both aware and respecting of your boundaries and intentions? BDSM practitioners sometimes regard the practice of BDSM in their sex life as roleplaying and so often use the terms "play" and "playing" to describe activities where in their roles.