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Humiliation and discipline refers to a form of sexual practice where both partners derive pleasure from being humiliated, spanked, or ordered about. It is generally considered as a branch of BDSM. From a psychiatric standpoint, individuals who are exclusively aroused by extreme pain and humiliation are categorized as sexual masochists.
This form of sexual practice can take place between a BDSM dominant and a submissive. In such cases, an explicit contract is drafted between both parties to highlight the soft and hard limits of both parties.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, sexual masochists enjoy being degraded. For example, the submissive party is turned on by orgasm denial followed by corporal punishment. This includes, but is not limited to, caning, spanking, being tied up, and clamps. As far as humiliation is concerned, the submissive may enjoy public degradation such as being spanked in front of other people or being collared and leashed in public places like restaurants.
For some individuals, humiliation and discipline is more of a lifestyle than a mere sexual practice. In such cases, rules and regulations are established prior to the couple engaging in a serious, committed relationship. Humiliation and discipline also involves a plethora of additional accessories such as hand and thumbcuffs, molten wax, Wartengberg wheels, ice cubes, riding crops, chains, robes, plastic wrap, clothes pins, wooden spoons, and even erotic elector-stimulators.