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In a BDSM relationship, protocol is used to describe rules and behaviors that govern the BDSM relationship. Due to the different power dynamics in a BDSM relationship, there are different sets of protocols and honorifics that are required. This enforced behavior defines the interpersonal dynamic and rituals that take place in the relationship.
In a BDSM relationship, protocols are used to define the behavior and hierarchy between partners. For example, a submissive may be unable to sit in certain areas and must refer to his partner as Mistress, madam, mommy, master, daddy, or sir.