A dominant (dom) is a sexual participant who takes on the role of the superior, often controlling or giving orders to other participants, knowns as submissives, subs, or slaves. This type of partnership is often referred to in the bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism (BDSM) community as a dominant/submissive, or D/s, partnership.
A female dominant is commonly referred to as a domme or mistress, while a male dominant is commonly referred to as a dom or master.
Being a good dominant iinvolves much more than being able to control and give orders to others. A good dominant will also be able to practice self-control and respect his or her submissives. Dominants should also be responsible enough to decrease the intensity of or stop a scene altogether when a safeword is spoken.
Dominant/submissive sex play was introduced to the mainstream in a series of extremely popular erotic novels by E.L. James called "Fifty Shades of Grey."
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