D/s participants often refer to their activity as "play", with an individual play session being called a "scene".
In addition to "dominant" and "submissive", a "switch" is a person who can take either role.
For non-sexual dominance and submission in interpersonal relationships, see Power (social and political) § Power principles in interpersonal relationships.
Those who take the superior position are called dominants—Doms (male) or Dommes (female)—while those who take the subordinate position are called submissives—or subs (male or female). Two switches together may negotiate and exchange roles several times in a session."Dominatrix" is a term usually reserved for a female professional dominant who dominates others for pay.A D/s relationship may be sexual or non-sexual, long- or short-term, and intimate or anonymous.Most adherents search for the essential intensity, trust, and intimacy that are required to make any deep relationship possible.Many players will bail when they see you KNOW what you want, you intend to get it, and will NOT play games.
4) Criminals in our midst Sadly, there ARE men online who wish to emotionally and/or physically harm you.
Note, it is common for writers to capitalise the "D" in Dominant but leave the "s" in lowercase for the submissive.
Many extend this to His/Hers, Him/Her, He/She, etc., to make it clear when they are referring to a Dominant.
Tragically, a vast number of them will even tell you that they want real life, but have no intention of ever meeting you because they are married, in a long term relationship, or simply not interested in anything more than playing a D/s relationship game online. Great idea, but it won't make you feel any better when you find out the Dom of your dreams actually lives in Estonia with his wife and five children and had no intention whatsoever of actually loving you or meeting you. There is nothing wrong with being new, but you must be aware that you are responsible for your own D/s education.
I've also heard my share of stories about that great "Dom" turning out to be a female. I have yet to meet an obviously new "Dom" who is willing to admit that he knows next to nothing.
A safeword is usually given to the submissive partner to prevent the dominant from overstepping physical and emotional boundaries.