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A female doing pet play is held by a chain by her master at the Folsom Street Fair, indicating that she is his slave in this BDSM relationship

Sexual slavery in a BDSM relationship refers to a submissive person in a BDSM relationship to a dominant person (also called a slave owner or the master or mistress) treating the submissive as their slave, i.e., their property. Sexual slavery in a BDSM context is both a sexual fantasy or sexual roleplay.[1] The slave master or mistress might be any person or group, though the majority of such relationships are usually either one dominant, or a committed dominant couple, owning one or more slaves. A sex slave and the owner, and others involved in the relationship, can be of any gender, sexual identity, or orientation.[2]

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TerminologyEdit

The use of the term 'sex slave' rather than just 'slave', because sex is not a necessary component of consensual slavery. In BDSM, a slave is a specific type of submissive. Not all submissives are slaves, though all slaves would normally be considered submissive in the relationship. However some calling themselves 'slave' may only be submissive within a sexual context/activity whilst others are also submissive within other or all aspects of the relationship, 'sex-slave' or 'slave' respectfully.

Nature of the relationshipEdit

 
A caged woman does roleplay of a sex slave at Folsom Street Fair, USA. Note that the red marks on her body are from actual whipping (whipping is done consensually at the Folsom Street Fair), which indicates the high extent to which she is playing her role as sex slave.

Sexual slavery is a consensual exchange of power by the submissive to the dominant.

The types of activities that the sex slave may be expected to perform are usually defined in advance and sometimes spelled out in a slave contract, a document without real value that outlines the desires, limits, and expectations of the parties. The sex slave is often expected to perform sexually, though typically many relationship-oriented dynamics are also clearly negotiated, including clothing, diet, speech restrictions, household affairs and schedules, though the details may be left to the master or mistress. Typically outlined are clear expectations of whether the couple will be monogamous or polyamorous, and if there would be permission or expectation of sexual interaction with other people. Otherwise, a sex slave may be expected to perform many of the same functions that are expected of a slave/submissive, including wearing very revealing clothes, being shared, wearing a slave collar or leash, S&M activities, or bondage.[3]

A Master & slave 'relationship' is normally a long-term relationship, comparable in duration to normal relationships whereas a Dominant - submissive 'relationship' could be of a similar duration or shorter from a few minutes, as in a scene. Depending on their contract, a sex slave may be traded by the master, facilitated by sex club events, personals in BDSM interest magazines or internet based social networks.[4] Commonly, a slave is also said to be a collared slave, though not every slave wears a physical slave collar.

A slave who has satisfied the duration of the negotiated time of service is expected to be released, unless a new duration of service is negotiated. A slave may at any time withdraw consent to the relationship, effectively nullifying the slave relationship.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Addington, Deborah (1993), Fantasy Made Flesh: The Essential Guide to Erotic Roleplay (1st ed.), Greenery Press, ISBN 978-1-890159-47-4 
  2. ^ Snitow, Ann Barr; Stansell, Christine; Thompson, Sharon (1983), Powers of desire : the politics of sexuality, New feminist library, Monthly Review Press, ISBN 978-0-85345-610-0 
  3. ^ slave, Grateful; Baldwin, Guy; Bean, Joseph W (2002), SlaveCraft : roadmaps for consensual erotic servitude : principles, skills, and tools, Daedalus Pub. Co, ISBN 978-1-881943-14-3 
  4. ^ Network, Collars (1995), Collars, Collars, OCLC 426261923 
  5. ^ Rinella, Jack; Bean, Joseph W (2002), The compleat slave : creating and living an erotic dominant/submissive relationship, Daedalus Pub. Co, ISBN 978-1-881943-13-6