Woman wearing a collar with attached chain
|B&D, B/D, or BD||Bondage and discipline|
|D&s, D/s, or Ds||Dominance and submission|
|S&M, S/M, or SM||Sadism and masochism|
|Top/Dominant||partner who performs or controls the activity|
|Bottom/Submissive||partner who receives or is controlled|
|Switch||switches between roles|
The term slave is often used to indicate a strongly asymmetrical status within BDSM relationships.
The word "slave" is gender-independent: slaves can be male or female. In English, if a slave's gender must be indicated, use a phrase like "female slave" or "male slave", or the common compound terms slave-girl[wipi] or slave-boy[wipi]. Some male slaves are 'sissified' - i.e., they prefer to be treated in a traditionally feminine manner.
Slave is a term often used to connote a submissive or servile partner in a Mistress/Master-Slave[wipi] relationship.
The term is widely used, as it has a certain self-affirming weight. The difference between submissive and slave is the degree of submission.
Types of slave
The four basic types are money slave, pain slave, sex slave and service slave. Most slaves overlap among two or even more of these basic types.
- Financial slaves
- are there to mostly make money for, or give money to, their owner. The majority of these are males[wipi] serving females. In some ways, this type is most purely slave because they lose the ability to be self-sufficient; interestingly, this is also a common feature of a far more mild form of power exchange, that of Head of Household.
- Pain slaves
- are there for their owner to see how much pain[wipi], humiliation[wipi], and whatever else they can do to their slave. This type is often a sub or masochist with a title.
- Sexual slaves
- have a slavery whose main emphasis is on sex or sensuality. They might not do much else with their owner besides sex as far as being a slave goes.
- Service slaves
- do things for their owners and are general purpose slaves. They take on the owner's goals and desires and transform them into reality as best they can. The service[wipi] slave does the most different things and, as part of their service, can cover all the other areas.
Graphical illustration (Euler diagram) of practitioners in fetish and BDSM
|Top/Bottom||Top - Bottom (Switch)|
|Dom/Submissive||Dom - Sub|
|Master/Slave||Master - Slave|