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A Beginner’s Guide to BDSM and Dom/sub

Many people who are curious about BDSM want to know the quickest way to get started. When you’re just a beginner, it can be really frustrating to try and figure out what a Dominant or submissive is all about.  If you don’t get started the right way, you’re going to waste a lot of time and effort as you try to create a Dom/sub lifestyle.  But dominance and submission is just one aspect of BDSM.  What’s the best way to quickly start putting it all into practice? This guide covers everything you need to know.  Enjoy!

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BDSM is an acronym for bondage and discipline (B&D), dominance and submission (D&S), and sadism and masochism (S&M)

B- Bondage

Bondage is one of the fundamental aspects of a Dominant/submissive relationship.  It may seem like just a kinky fetish, but real sexual gratification comes from bondage. The pleasure is derived from rendering the restrained person vulnerable to a variety of sex acts.

Read more:  8 Ways to Enjoy Bondage (Click here)

D- Discipline

Every Dominant/submissive relationship has to have discipline and punishments. After all, no sub is perfect.  Correction is needed from time to time when they break the rules.  Doms need to know how to punish effectively though, because subs can feel neglected when it isn’t done in the proper way.

Read more:  How to Punish a Sub Effectively (Click here)

D- Dominance (Dom)

In the BDSM world, “Dominant” is a word that’s thrown around a lot.  Being a Dom can seem very appealing.  Most are men who want to be more dominant in bed, but also in their relationships, and even in life in general.  But unfortunately, there are a lot of fake doms out there who are not worthy of submission.  Therefore, make sure you know what it truly means to be a real Dom.

Read more:  The Ultimate Guide to Being a Dominant (Click here)

S- Submission (Sub)

Serving a Dominant is a very fulfilling lifestyle.  However, many submissive beginners are lost.  They don’t know what the role entails.  Many times they are just looking for someone to fix them, to make them feel more complete.  In all honesty though, being a sub is a lot of work, mentally, emotionally, and sexually.  Make sure you know what it truly means to be a good sub.

Read more:  The Ultimate Guide to Being a Submissive (Click here)

S- Sadism

Sadism involves getting pleasure form inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on someone else.  When practicing sadism, always keep and respect the three principles of SSC (Safe, Sane, Consensual).  This is what separates BDSM from criminal abuse or neurotic, psychopathic behavior.  Have fun, but make sure to always play responsibly.

Read more:  The Ultimate Guide to a Safe BDSM Lifestyle (Click here)

M- Masochism

Even if you enjoy receiving pain or being humiliated, it has to be done with a sound mind.  One of the best ways to make sure you’re not just engaging in self-destructive behavior is to set limits. Even if you don’t have a BDSM partner yet, it’s good to have your boundaries clear in mind so you’ll be prepared when you’re ready to start playing.

Read more: Limits: Learn What’s Hard and Soft (Click here)


Now that we’ve gone over everything the BDSM acronym stands for, you may now be wondering, How do I get started in the lifestyle?

Check out: How to Go from Vanilla to BDSM and kink (Click here)

If you’re totally ready to start playing now, but you don’t have a partner yet, no problem!

Check out: Exactly What to Do When You Don’t Have a Partner (Click here)

Lastly, if you’re a beginner and want to really become a satisfied full-time Dom or sub, make sure you subscribe to my FREE newsletter to get access to exclusive content I don’t share here on the blog.  Click here to sign up for the free newsletter

Being a beginner is an exciting time on your BDSM journey.  Remember, you shouldn’t compare where you are and where someone else is in practicing the lifestyle.  Be proud of yourself for being a beginner and continue to use this guide and educate yourself as much as you can.  In time, you’ll be an experienced Dom or sub, and will be able to help other beginners on their journey as well. 🖤

If you could tell beginners one thing about being in the BDSM community what would it be?  Let me know in the comments below.

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14 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to BDSM and Dom/sub”

  1. I would tell people, it is likely not what you think it is, at least certain parts of it.

    My observation, Dom/Sub is a lot like how we treat our pets. We don’t abuse our pets, we take care of them, meet their needs. I am one that treats his dogs and likes them better than most people.

  2. So I’m fairly new to the lifestyle and my sub today told me that she really likes my after care and that she has never had it before any kind of after care she was in a Master/slave dynamic and I’m curious is it normal to not have after care in that kind of dynamic or not she was a slave to this other Dom for 7 years

  3. I started as a dom yesterday and while I have found a sub who is willing to teach me I still would like more info Bc frankly I have no idea what I’m doing. It is something I’ve always wanted to do but was always nervous so any advice or articles would be greatly appreciated

  4. Hello! I have always kinda wanted to do this with my wife. But til recently we had a fallin through but some how bringing this to light has helped alot i have been her dom now for 3 days an i havnt seen her this happy in a long time. She acts more as her little side. An she knows i am serious about the rules we have set an the punishments. If she does good she will be rewarded but bad has bad consequences. But i always let her know i love her when she has to be punished. An we came up with a safe word to help with boundries. Showing my DOM side has helped so much. Who knew it would actually help the situation i was in. Thanks :p

    1. Tj,

      I understand your wife’s perspective so well! When you “finally” begin living, not judged, accepted and loved in the role you are truly meant to be in, everything falls into place. You suddenly feel comfortable in your own skin, and you realize this is where you belong, this is what you were meant to do! I would imagine if your wife is like me, she is spilling over with joy. Expect her to fall in love with you all over again, better than it even was in the beginning.

      I have made it a practice recently, to read/research/study or at least 15 to 20 minutes a day. I learn something new EVERY SINGLE DAY! The best lesson I have learned is that there is no cookie cutter experience in the D/s lifestyle. Every person is different, and therefore every couple’s dynamic is different. The two of you will find you morph and change and grow together every single day!

      Be safe but have fun!

      Congrats!

  5. Heey everyone,

    I’m completely new to this and have only recently started looking into it properly, although I’ve fantasized and thought about it for a very long time.
    I’ve read a lot about the sexual side of a D/s relationship but I’d love to learn more about the day to day relationship.

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