|The action will be for the |
OK. I made up that last term... or almost. Merriam Webster defines a thrall as:
a : a servant slave : bondman; also : serfb : a person in moral or mental servitude
a : a state of servitude or submission <in thrall to his emotions>b : a state of complete absorption <mountains could hold me in thrall with a subtle attraction of their own — Elyne Mitchell>
A thrall, when submitting, can be anything from an affectionate subordinate lover through to a mute protocol-bound slave. The scope of a thrall's submission can range from occasional bedroom only, all the way to 24/7/365.
None of that matters.
- A thrall's hard limits (a) are permissive enough to grant satisfactory freedom of action to the dominant, and (b) identify only those lines which would be dangerous to cross.
- A thrall offers their kinks and fantasies to the dominant as optional tools to be exploited for the dominant's pleasure by way of reward and incentive. (Or as an a la carte menu for inexperienced dominants.)
- A thrall's safeword is for mental and physical safety, only. There will be no attempt to direct the action.
- They may sometimes be bored, frustrated or uncomfortable.
- The action will be primarily for the dominant's benefit, even when they give pleasure.
- Any issues will be handled within the context of the power exchange.
- Punishment will be real punishment.
- Nobody will step out of role, because nobody is in role.
|Nobody will step out of role, |
because nobody is in role.
Somebody who submits within a very tight scope - highly scripted scenes or ones with lots of affirmative consent - can identify as a submissive, as can somebody who hires pro-dominants in order to explore their fantasies.
All these people are "real" submissives. (And their dominants are "real" dominants.)
However, this means we don't have a word for a submissive who craves a D/s relationship in which the power exchange feels real, even if it is limited in scope and time. ("Slave" won't do because it can mean a specific level of lifestyle submission and/or particular protocol and has some unfortunate associations for some cultures.)
All this makes it hard for "thralls" to identify themselves to themselves and to potential partners, and doubly hard for dominants to make clear what they are looking for.
Hence my term, submissive thrall.
And no, I have no idea what the dominant counterpart would be called.
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