That would take a long time to create and longer to read. Our list also shows each type as its own separate identity. Most submissives are amalgamations of many types, based on what best fits their personality and preferences. A second note: Yes, sometimes labels suck because they seem to force people into narrow boxes. Take these labels and definitions in the context of their intended meaning — to educate and start a conversation. Prefer to listen rather than read?
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It is a subset of BDSM. This form of sexual contact and pleasure has been shown to please a minority of people. In other cases, it can be intensely physical, sometimes crossing into sadomasochism. Those who take the superior position are called "dominants"—Doms male or Dommes female —while those who take the subordinate position are called "submissive"—or subs male or female. A switch is an individual who plays either role.
From editor Rachel Kramer Bussel: These guidelines are likely to be updated during the submission period to reflect current editorial needs. The word count applies to the text of the story, not the title and author name. While the word count is short, each story must be a fully fleshed out story with a beginning, middle and end. Sex scenes without context or storytelling will not be accepted.