1921 illustration of female submission
Female submission describes a relationship in which a female voluntarily submits to the will of another. The dominant partner is usually a man, but sometimes it is another woman, or more than one person, or occasionally, in fiction, an alien, or aliens. The submission can be to a partner in an interpersonal relationship, or as part of some sexual activity such as in a BDSM or sexual roleplay. During a sexual activity, submission can take the form of passivity or obedience. A 1985 study suggests that about 30% of participants in BDSM activities are females. A 1995 study indicates that 89% of heterosexual females who are active in BDSM expressed a preference for a submissive-recipient role in sexual bondage, suggesting also a preference for a dominant male, and 71% of heterosexual males preferred a dominant-initiator role.
Submission may be manifested in a multitude of ways whereby the female relinquishes sexual or personal control to another, such as acts of servitude, submission to humiliation or punishment such as erotic spanking, or other activities, at times in association with bondage. The level and type of submission can vary from person to person. Some women choose to include occasional submission in an otherwise conventional sex life. For example, they may be submissive only during sexual activity to overcome any sexual inhibitions they may have. A woman may choose to submit full time, becoming a lifestyle slave.
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