The term BDSM has been around long before Rihanna’s hit song S&M but do you know what it means? If you have been confused by this term and you don't know if it means you’re going to be tied up and have hot wax dripped on your genitals or just blindfolded and tickled, you have come to the right place. Today we are going to demystify the term BDSM.

BDSM is a catchall phrase that describes the journey people take to explore their boundaries with pleasure and pain. It lets you explore the limits of your mind and some people can even achieve altered state of consciousness. It is an anachronism for three different but related practices.

B

This letter stands for bondage. Bondage is the act of one partner constraining the other for mutual satisfaction. Often bondage is connected another word – Discipline. People who incorporate discipline with their bondage practice like to add the role of punishment as part of their sexual play. People restrain each other with things a simple as neck ties to more complex bondage equipment like suspension cuffs and everything in between.

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Suspension Cuffs
D

This letter stands for dominance and submission. D/s play creates a dynamic where one partner is dominant and the other partner is submissive. The dominant partner is in charge of the play session while the other partner submits to it. Either role may be played by either partner. Some people prefer to play the same role every time while others like to switch it up.

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S M

These letters stand for Sadism and Masochism. This activity explores the difference physical sensations and psychological or emotional states that occur when pain, discomfort and punishment are inflicted by one person onto another. Sadists enjoy inflicting pain and discomfort on others while masochists enjoy receiving it. Although this might sound like a horrible sexual activity to non-practitioners, participants of this activity find it quite enjoyable. Just remember that when practicing S&M games place safe. For safety tips please read the blog Safety is a Part of BDSM Play.

Sometimes people who are unfamiliar with these activities can't understand how pain can be erotic and pleasurable. Pain is usually associated with discomfort. In reality, the difference between pleasure and pain is a very fine line. Many people like to explore the different sensations that borders between the two. They like to test their strength, endurance and resilience until their body release endorphins that cause euphoric arousal and a natural high.

Now that you know what BDSM stands for, are you ready to give it a try? If these activities appeal to you find a willing partner, create rules and boundaries and start exploring.

Just remember play safe and have fun!


 


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    Believes a person's sexuality is important and she wants women and men to expand their sexual explorations to reach another dimension of pleasure.
    Carolina is Pure Rapture's founder.

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