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Updated: MARCH 15, 2022
Reviewed by Dr. Laura McGuire
on February 14, 2022

Sissification refers generally to the feminization of a person who identifies as male.

The term was originally used in the context of BDSM to refer to the forced feminization or gender reassignment of a male-identifying submissive. As with any activity, each party has to give their enthusiastic consent and have the right to withdraw or revoke the consent at any time, for any reason.

Through sissification, the submissive becomes more effeminate and exhibits feminine behaviors. The dominant partner takes control of this process. The submissive is "forced" into cross-dressing and gender reassignment. They may get asked to try traditionally feminine activities, such as performing housework or applying makeup. They may transform their bodies by tucking their penis between their legs, removing their body hair, or wearing prosthetic breasts. They may also adopt a feminine voice and name.


As sissification reinforces the dominant and submissive roles of a BDSM couple, the process can be very sexually arousing. Sexual play can be a component of sissification. For example, rather than having penis-in-vagina sex, a dominant may use a strap-on to penetrate their partner anally. This puts the submissive in a more "feminine" sexual role. The dominant may also stop the submissive from touching their penis for sexual gratification.

The term sissification has also evolved to refer to the loss of hyper-masculinity in society. Generally, the term sissy refers to a male-identifying person that does not conform to traditional gender roles. Sissy is thought of as the male equivalent of tomboy although it traditionally has more offensive connotations. Strength and heroism seemed masculine while being a sissy was weak. However, as modern society has shone a light on toxic masculinity, some male-identifying people aim to distance themselves from traditionally masculine traits and become sissies.

Sissification should not be confused with male-to-female transition or feminine presentation in nonbinary people. While these people may present or act in a more feminine way, when previously they presented or acted more masculinely, they lead this change. It is not a result of the influence of a more dominant person or society, as sissification is. People also undergo this type of change to align their gender presentation with their gender identity. It is not for sexual gratification, or for the gratification of others, although the confidence it brings may increase sexual satisfaction.

Sissification is sometimes called forced feminization, forced femme, or simply feminization. Sissifying is another common synonym for sissification.


More About Sissification

While any man may get sissified, it is most common among heterosexual, cisgender men. Some people believe that is because these men feel the greatest pressure to be traditionally masculine. A fetish for sissification can be a way for these men to participate in taboo, feminine activities with a trusted partner.

Sissification is often linked to humiliation play. The dominant partner may call the submissive a sissy and tease them for their appearance or actions. They may refer to their penis as a clitoris and criticize its size. Spanking, pegging, and bondage can also be elements of this kind of humiliating role play.

Sissy training is another type of sissification, where the dominant trains the submissive to become more feminine. For example, the dominant might show the submissive how to shave their body, walk in heels, or wear makeup. Sissy maid training, where the dominant shows the submissive how to be a housekeeper, is a common variation on standard sissy training. The submissive usually wears an overly feminine maid’s uniform during sissy maid training. Slut training can be another type of sissy training. During slut training, the dominant encourages the submissive to dress and act in a very provocative, sexual way. Slut training is a common way to make timid submissives less inhibited.

While forced feminization is a synonym for sissification and dominants take the lead, it is always consensual. Submissives and dominants should discuss their interest in sissification, including any soft and hard limits, before it takes place. Submissives should use their safe word to stop or slow any sissification scenes they are truly uncomfortable with. Dominants should also monitor their submissives closely for any signs of mental or physical distress that show sissification is not for them. This mutual consent, even when the activity appears forced, helps keep the BDSM relationship healthy.


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