Femdom, or female dominance, refers to BDSM activities where the dominant partner is female. A female dominant is sometimes called a domme, femdomme or domina. In the English speaking world, "Mistress" is by far the most common dominatrix title, while in most of continental Europe, the most common title is "Maitresse" or "Domina." The most common dominatrix title in the Spanish language is "Ama." The equivalent Japanese term is 女王様 (joōsama, or queen.)
Erotic humiliation can focus on the inadequacy of a male's penis, demoting it to a plaything for the dominatrix, over which the male has no real control. Related femdom activities include ballbusting, cock and ball torture (CBT), verbal humiliation, forced chastity, orgasm denial or orgasm control, and forced homosexuality (in which a dominant female forces a heterosexual male to engage in homosexual acts for her amusement, or as part of feminization)
More intense and heavier female domination scenarios may involve facesitting or smothering, which tend to focus on the sub giving the dominant female oral pleasure, or the dominant female performing anal sex on the sub using a strap-on dildo (see pegging). Other forms of more intense female domination can include face slapping, hair pulling, caning, heavy torture, dripping hot wax on the genitals and heavy whipping. For these purposes, note the issue of legal consent which may or may not represent a defense to criminal liability for any injuries caused.
In extreme scenarios, there is a focus on exchange of bodily fluids and total forfeit of rights from the slave total power exchange or(TPE), and acts may involve spitting domination or watersports (also known as golden showers).
A fairly common variation on this is a rape fantasy in which the female is the dominant partner, or wrestling/fighting in which the female is stronger than the male. These carry a similarity to forced feminization, where the sexual fantasy takes on an intellectual/emotional component, with men either trying to, or pretending to try to, take control, but failing.
Femdom art is also implemented, showing the female as the domme and the male as the sub. One such artist is Namio Harukawa. His paintings usually show plump Asian and European women performing facesitting, smothering, oral sex, whipping, human furniture, scat and piss play.
- Lorelei, The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance. Greenery Press, 2000. ISBN 1-890159-19-0.
- Claudia Varrin, Cynthia Lechan, The Art of Sensual Female Dominance: A Guide for Women. Citadel Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8065-2089-2.
- Elise Sutton, Female Domination. Lulu.com, 2003. ISBN 1-4116-0325-7.
- Christina Abernathy, Miss Abernathy's Concise Slave Training Manual, Greenery Press, 1996. ISBN 0963976397
- Georgeann Cross, Sexual Power for Women, 1997
- Domination & submission
- Cock and ball torture
- Loving Female Authority
- Forced Homosexuality
- Namio Harukawa
- Size queen