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BDSM Relationships often take the form of play and/or long term relationships and may be casual or not. These relationships may or may not involve physical or emotional intimacy.

Power Exchange

Relationship styles in BDSM are frequently broken up into non-binary relationships and power exchange relationships.

While it is acceptable to assume that in any given interaction there is some form of power exchange, the non-binary relationships do not necessarily require a conscious transfer of power or authority in order to exist (even though they may/might possess conscious exchange of power), while the power exchange relationships tend to function with this is a key part of the roles of the relationship in some capacity. In many cases relationships may follow one, none, or many of the listed templates.

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No Implied Power Exchange Relationships

  • Brother/sister
  • Dating
  • Engaged
  • In an open relationship
  • It's complicated
  • LDR
  • Lovers
  • Married
  • Mentor/mentee
  • Monogamous
  • Play Partners
  • Polyamorous
  • Single
  • Swinger
  • Top/bottom
  • Triad
  • Unowned
  • Unpartnered
  • Vanilla
  • Widow

Power Exchange Relationships

  • Deity/priest(ess)
  • God(dess)/worshiper
  • Handler/pet
  • In service to
  • Owner/Property
  • Pack
  • Total Power Exchange
  • Trainer/pony
  • Family
  • Maker/doll
  • Master/kajira
  • Owner/toy
  • Power exchange
  • Role Playing
  • Sadist/Masochist
  • Sensual Domination
  • Switches with
  • Trainer/trainee
  • Under Consideration
  • Under Protection
  • Taken in Hand
  • 1950's Standard Relationship


This category has the following 5 subcategories, out of 5 total.