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Differences Between Bondage and BDSM

Difference Between Bondage and BDSM

Bondage once considered a ‘dungeon’ fetish is now making its way into bedrooms around the world. A lot of people know it even in the vanilla world. Today we are going to take a look into the differences between Bondage and BDSM from the perspective of the BDSM community.

First of all, we need to figure out what they are and what they mean.

Definition of BDSM and Bondage

As we all know, BDSM is an acronym of various sexual practices and can be broken into three subcategories:

BD – Bondage and Discipline

DS – Dominance and Submission

SM- Sadism and Masochism

The Bondage refers to the act of restraint, restraint can be anything from simply restricting somebody’s movement, for example tying somebody to a bed or handcuffing their wrists together. But it also includes other sorts of restrictions, like wearing a ball gag or an eye mask during the play. There are also some advanced forms of restraint, such as bondage cages or ceiling hooks. Usually, there is a sexual aspect of bondage.

Differences between Bondage and BDSM

By definition, bondage is a core part of BDSM rather than being two separate concepts. It may be used in conjunction with other sexual activities. Besides bondage, BDSM includes many other flavors of activities, such as Dominance and Submission, and role-play. Also, you can explore flagellation, spanking, medical submission and so on. Our Guide – 5 Common BDSM Activities will tell you in detail.

Furthermore, bondage is fairly pure and based around sex. It doesn’t necessarily imply sadomasochism. There are a couple of different types of bondage, like bondage for a purpose, decorative bondage. Some people find the act of being bound enjoyable in and of itself while others find the aesthetics alone of bondage pleasurable. However, BDSM is much more complex and a little bit hardcore. It’s more about control and discipline. People revel in BDSM for mental satisfaction. Dom expects to be pleased and demand obedience while Sub has the desire to please the Dom and always put the needs of their partners above everything else. In some cases it may not involve sex at all, for example, a Dom wants more control from the Sub so a chastity belt is used.

What’s your understanding of Bondage and BDSM? Share your opinions with us.

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