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D-Ring
A D-ring is an item of hardware, usually a metal ring shaped like the letter "D". It may be used at the end of a leather or fabric strap, or may be secured to a surface with a metal or fabric strap. For light loading applications such as clothing and luggage, D-rings made of plastics such as nylon may be used, as they weigh less and are impervious to rust.
D&C
See "dilation and curettage" below
Dacrophilia
Sexual arousal from seeing tears in the eyes of one's partner. Something sadists sometimes find enjoyable or arousing.
Daddy
A role taken on by some dominants; especially common in age play.
Daddy's girl fetish
The male partner in such a relationship takes the role of a "daddy" figure: authoritative, caring, gentle, strict. The female partner takes a role that is inspired by that of a "little girl" or daughter: permitted to be somewhat childish, tending to emotional outbursts such as joy, excitement or anger, sometimes good and obedient and sometimes naughty or bratty.
daggering
a type of dance popular with some of Jamaica’s poorest citizens. It’s exuberant, vulgar, and may be responsible for a string of highly painful and personal injuries occurring out of the clubs in the bedroom. Music associated with daggering has been banned from the airwaves due to its lewd content, and the super-suggestive moves
daisy-chaining
a phenomenon where multiple female participants perform cunnilingus on each other in a circular formation, permitting each participant to both give and recieve oral sex simultaneously
Dalkon Shield (on Wikipedia)
a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) developed by the Dalkon Corporation and marketed by the A.H. Robins Company. The Dalkon Shield was found to cause severe injury to a disproportionately large percentage of its users, which eventually led to numerous lawsuits in which juries awarded millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.
dame de voyage (on Wikipedia)
a direct predecessor to today's sex dolls that originated in the seventeenth century. Dames de voyage were makeshift masturbatory dolls made of sewn cloth or old clothes, used by French and Spanish sailors while isolated at sea during long voyages
dan daudu
translated fairly into English as a pimp, is a Hausa name given to a boy or man who behaves like women. Like women prostitutes to be specific. The plural of Dan-daudu is Yan-daudu (pimps). They are unconnected with any religion. These men use lipsticks to decorate their lips like women. They decorate their fingernails with cortex. They use eyelid pencils and different kinds of make-up and then exhibit all kinds of feminine characters. They are commonly found around restaurants and bukaterias.
danse du ventre
"belly dance" is a translation of the French term "danse du ventre", which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era, and originally referred to the Ouled Nail dancers of Algeria, whose dance used more abdominal movements than the dances described today as "belly dance".
Darby and Joan (on Wikipedia)
a proverbial phrase for a married couple content to share a quiet life of mutual devotion. "a happily married couple who lead a placid, uneventful life" or "loving, old-fashioned and virtuous"
darlexx
made from two layers of Spandex fused together with a thin layer of rubber in-between.
dartos
see dartos muscle below
dartos muscle
a fat-free layer of smooth muscular fiber outside the external spermatic fascia but below the skin
Date rape
refers to rape committed by a person, who could be a friend, acquaintance or stranger, against a victim.[1] Commonly, date rape is referring to drug facilitated sexual assault or an acquaintance rape.
date rape drug
any substances that affect the central nervous system (CNS). This includes street drugs (e.g. cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, GHB), prescription drugs (e.g. anti-depressants, tranquilizers), and over-the-counter medications (e.g. cough syrup). When these drugs are mixed with alcohol, their effects are enhanced, which makes people particularly vulnerable.
dating
a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two people with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse.
dating agency
a business which acts as a service for matchmaking between potential couples, with a view toward romance and/or marriage between them.
dating coach
offer coaching and related products and services to improve their clients' success in dating and relationships
dating service
an organization that arranges introductions (usually for a fee) for strangers seeking romantic partners or friends
day belt
  1. a garter belt with a minimum amount of lace or ribbons so that it will lie flat when worn under clothing
de Clérambault's syndrome
Erotomania is a type of delusion in which the affected person believes that another person, usually a stranger, high-status or famous person, is in love with him or her.
death erection (on Wikipedia)
A death erection, angel lust, or terminal erection is a post-mortem erection, technically a priapism, observed in the corpses of human males who have been executed, particularly by hanging.
decapacitation
see decapacitation factor
decapacitation factor (on Wikipedia)
composed of factors in seminal plasma which modulates the fertilizing ability of spermatozoa.
dechorionation
the chorion is the membrane which covers and protects an embryo during its deveopment. Removal of the chorion during the final stages of development but before birth, appears to promote growth of the fetus
decidua
the uterine lining (endometrium) during a pregnancy, which forms the maternal part of the placenta.
decoy prostitute
In law enforcement, a deceptive operation designed to catch a person committing the crime of prostitution as either a client or prostitute.
decree nisi
a court order that does not have any force until such time that a particular condition is met
deep shaft piercing
gs which pass through the penile shaft.
deep throat (sexual act)
a sexual act in fellatio, in which the whole erect penis, down to the base, is taken into the mouth and throat, of another person
defecation
the final act of digestion, by which organisms eliminate solid, semisolid, or liquid waste material (feces) from the digestive tract via the anus
defeminization
To divest of feminine traits, qualities, or characteristics. {see feminization)
defilement
To make unclean or unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate:
defloration
1. The act of deflowering.
2. Rupture of the hymen, typically in sexual intercourse.
degree of consanguinity
Relationship by blood or by a common ancestor.
delayed ejaculation
the inability to ejaculate or persistent difficulty in achieving orgasm despite the presence of normal sexual desire and sexual stimulation.
delayed puberty (on Wikipedia)
when an organism has passed the usual age of onset of puberty with no physical or hormonal signs that it is beginning
deliberate self-harm syndrome
Self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI) and self-poisoning (SP) and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue without suicidal intent.
delicatue
literal meaning “kept mistresses” – belonged to highest category of women prostitutes in ancient Rome. They were were kept as mistresses by men. Delicatue belonged to the highest category of prostitues in ancient Rome, followed by several other categories of women prostitues, including Famosae and Lupae.
delivery health
Delivery health (デリバリーヘルス Deribarii herusu?), also known as shutchō health (出張ヘルス) or by the abbreviation "deriheru" (デリヘル), is a form of prostitution in Japan similar to fashion health, "health" being a term for sexual services. The difference being that the brothel has no premises and is essentially a call girl or escort service with women being dispatched to their customers' homes or to hotels.
Outcall call girl businesses distribute advertising handouts to home and apartment mailboxes, telephone booths, restrooms and the like in big cities in Japan.
delusional denial of pregnancy
a form of denial that is so extreme as to fall under the category of delusion. While physical symptoms of pregnancy do usually occur they are misinterpreted in ways that are usually considered quite bizarre. The sensation of something growing inside the woman can be interpreted as cancer, or a blood clot, and fetal movements as the woman's organs coming loose inside her body
delusional jealousy
(also known as Othello Syndrome or morbid jealousy) is a psychiatric disorder in which a person holds a strong delusional belief that their spouse or sexual partner is being unfaithful without having any, very little, or insignificant proof to back up their claim.
delusional pregnancy
psychotic mental situation where tyhe person comes to believe they are expecting a child.
demasculinization
the act or process of demasculinizing; the removal of the testicles of a male
demi-monde
refers to a group of people who live hedonistic lifestyles, usually in a flagrant and conspicuous manner.
demisexuality
a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone. It's more commonly seen in but by no means confined to romantic relationships.
dendrophilia
literally means "love of trees". The term may sometimes refer to a paraphilia in which people are sexually attracted to or sexually aroused by trees. This may involve sexual contact or veneration as phallic symbols or both
dental braces fetishism
a form of sexual fetishism where a person is sexually aroused by the sight, brushing, or feel of dental braces (particularly silver stainless steel braces, but sometimes retainers and headgear). They can be aroused by tongue contact with the braces, or by seeing semen ejaculated onto the braces (which is common in some pornography).
dental dam
are essentially square sheets of latex used in dentistry, specifically endodontic treatment (root canals). They are also used during sexual activities as a safer sex technique
dental fetishism
{see Medical fetishism}
depersonalization (on Wikipedia)
Individuals who experience depersonalization feel divorced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity
Depilation
Removal of hair. Many Dominants require their submissive to shave certain areas, their whole body or just their pubic hair.
depilation fetishism
{see Depilation)
Depo-Provera
a branded progestogen-only contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) long acting reversible hormonal contraceptive birth control drug that is injected every 3 months
destination wedding
Not to be confused with an elopement, a destination wedding is one in which a wedding is hosted, often in a vacation-like setting, at a location to which most of the invited guests must travel and often stay for several days
Deuki (on Wikipedia)
an ancient custom practiced in the far western regions of Nepal in which a young girl is offered to the local Hindu temple to gain religious merit.
Devadasi
a girl “married” to a deity and dedicated to worship and service of the deity or a temple for the rest of her life
Devaki (on Wikipedia)
In Hinduism, Devaki (देवकी) is the wife of Vasudeva and biological mother of Krishna.
deviance (sociology)
actions or behaviors that violate social norms
deviant
a person who operates outside the social norms
Deviant behavior
actions or behaviors that violate social norms
Deviant Desires Incredibly Strange Sex by Katharine Gates
the title of book about unusual sexual practices, and (previously) its associated website.
dhat syndrome
a condition that is found in the cultures of the Indian subcontinent in which male patients report symptoms of fatigue, weakness, anxiety, loss of appetite, guilt, sexual dysfunction, and suffering from premature ejaculation or impotence, and believe that they are passing semen in their urine. The condition has no organic etiology
diabetes and sex drive
a recent study, it was found that diabetic men over 45 have more than twice the risk of having hypogonadism. Hypogonadism in men is a reduced or absent secretion of testosterone.
medical diagnosis (on Wikipedia)
refers both to the process of attempting to determine or identify a possible disease
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The DSM is used in the United States and to various degrees around the world. It is used or relied upon by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and policy makers.
Milton Diamond
a retired professor of anatomy and reproductive biology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa had a very long and productive career in the study of human sexuality
diaper fetishism
a paraphilia in which a person feels a strong desire to wear or use diapers, usually without physiological necessity.

diapering

specialized subtype of ageplay that covers both paraphilic infantilism (adult babies) and diaper fetishism (diaper lovers), specializing in the roles from infant to toddler.
diaperism
see diaper fetishism
diaphragm (contraceptive)
a cervical barrier type of birth control. It is a soft latex or silicone dome with a spring molded into the rim. The spring creates a seal against the walls of the vagina.
diethylstilbestrol (on Wikipedia)
a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen that was first synthesized in 1938. It is also classified as an endocrine disruptor.
diffarreatio
In Ancient Rome, diffarreation (from Lat dif- + farreum, a spelt-cake) was a form of divorce in which a cake was used. Diffarreation was properly the dissolving of marriages contracted by confarreation, which were those of the pontifices. Festus says it was performed with a wheaten cake; and that it was called diffarreation from far, "wheat". Vigenère claims that confarreation and diffarreation are the same thing
digital rectal examination
is done to check for problems with organs or other structures in the pelvis and lower belly. During the examination, the doctor gently puts a lubricated, gloved finger of one hand into the rectum. He or she may use the other hand to press on the lower belly or pelvic area.
dihydrotestosterone
a sex steroid and androgen hormone that plays a primary role in the growth of sexual organs as well as body hair. About 5% of testosterone is converted into DHT in men, which is synthesized by the 5a-reductase enzyme.
dilatation (Vasodilation)
refers to the widening of blood vessels. It results from relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, particularly in the large veins, large arteries, and smaller arterioles.
dilation and curettage (on Wikipedia)
"D&C" is a procedure in which the cervix of the uterus is expanded (dilated) so that the uterine lining (endometrium) can be removed with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curet or curette. The procedure is performed for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, this surgery is done in order to help determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Dildo
A manufactured penis-shaped object.
dildo harness
designed to be worn by one partner and used to penetrate another partner vaginally, anally or orally, used by both heterosexual and homosexual couples.
dildos and plugs
objects having the shape and often the appearance of an erect penis, used in sexual stimulation
dippoldism
(or educatory sadism) is a term used in medical literature to refer to the spanking or other corporal punishment of minors for sexual motives
dirty joke
jokes, prose, poems, black comedy, blue comedy, insult comedy, cringe comedy and skits that deal with topics that are considered to be in poor taste or overly vulgar.
dirty old man
a middle-aged or elderly man with lewd or lecherous inclinations.
dirty talk
formally known as lagnolalia, is the practice of using graphic word imagery to heighten sexual pleasure before and during the sex act. It is commonly a part of foreplay.
dirty weekend
a romantic assignation which is commonly in a hotel so that the couple can sleep together
disability fetishism
a sexualised interest of people in the appearance, sensation and experience of disability.
disability pornography
pornography focused on people with disabilities
Discipline
Like many SM terms, used rather loosely, but usually refers to the imposition of rules of behavior on the bottom in domination scenes and the 'punishments' used to enforce them. A distinction is often made between intense and painful activities that are carried out so the bottom gets direct enjoyment from them and those carried out as a 'punishment' for infractions where in certain kinds of ongoing relationships the bottom does not determine the limits of the activity. (also see Roles and Functions )
displacement paraphilia
one of the paraphilias in which an intrinsic element becomes developmentally dislocated and repositioned in the lovemap, thus changing it from normophilic to paraphilic.
divorce
Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) is the final termination of a marital union, cancelling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties (unlike annulment, which declares the marriage null and void).
DM or Dungeon Monitor
An acronym for Dungeon Monitor. In a BDSM Play Party, they watch the scenes to make sure house rules are followed and the play is safe.
docking (sexology)
mutual masturbation by inserting the head of a circumcised or uncircumcised penis into the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis. Circumcised men can also use a sex toy called a "docking sleeve," a tube-shaped device made of silicone, rubber or Cyberskin which takes the place of the foreskin.
docking sleeve (sex toy)
see docking above
dogging (sexual slang)
s a British term meaning having sex (usually unprotected) in a public place, typically a park. The people involved often do not know each other.
doggy position
see doggy style below
doggy style
(also known as doggy position) is sexual intercourse usually involving a receiving partner crouching on all fours (usually on hands and knees) while a penetrative partner sexually penetrates the vagina or the anus from behind or performs other sex acts.
dolphin piercing
a male genital piercing also known as a Prince Albert
dom
see "dominant" below
domestic partnership (on Wikipedia)
a legal or interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are neither joined by marriage nor a civil union.
domestic partnership in California
see domestic partnership above
domestic partnership in the United States
see domestic partnership above
domestic violence
generally used to refer to violence by a husband, partner or boyfriend against his wife, partner or girlfriend
dominance and submission
a set of psychosexual behaviors, customs and rituals relating to the giving and accepting of dominance of one individual over another in an erotic or lifestyle context
Dominant
Man and sometimes for females, "domme" or FemDom; (the term "dominatrix" is not generally used for female doms unless they are professional) who takes control. Doms and subs are particular kinds of tops and bottoms, ones who emphasize power exchange in their play. Some people use the terms dom and sub to be synonymous with top and bottom. Others use the terms top and bottom to refer to people who emphasize SM as opposed to DS in their play. Which exact definition is being used is usually clear from the context, but it can be helpful to ask. Tops and doms do not all wear leather and boots or carry whips and chains; nor do owned submissives all wear collars.
Dominance
controlling and directing the scene.
Dominant
the person who directs the scene and issues the commands.
  1. Exercising the most influence or control; governing.
  2. Most prominent in position or prevalence; ascendant. Comes from Old French and Latin dominans, to dominate.
Dominant (Dom/Domme) (also Dominatrix)

terms usually connotating a professioinal Mistress

Dominate
To control, govern or rule by superior authority or power. Comes from Latin dominari, to rule > dominus, lord.
Domination
Act of being Dominant (Also see Roles and Functions )
Domme
Female who takes control (contraction of Dominatrix)
Dominatrix
The Latin feminine of the term 'dominator', one who dominates, could just mean a woman who enjoys taking the dominant role but almost always refers specifically to the professional dominatrix who charges for staging scenes where she dominates mainly male clients. The work of these women is rarely classed legally as prostitution because very often genital sex is not involved. Some dominatrices are renowned for their knowledge and skill at both the psychological and physical aspects of SM techniques and a number have made valuable contributions to the BDSM community. generally used for female doms.
Don Juan (on Wikipedia)
a legendary, fictional libertine whose story has been told many times by many authors
Don Juan syndrome
a non-clinical term for the desire, in a man, to have sex with many different female partners due to his latent homosexuality or insecurity about his masculinity
Don Juanism
see Don Juan syndrome above
Donkey punch
  1. the act of hitting or slapping a partner with the penis in a demeaning manner.
  2. the act of punching or abusing a partner during an orgasm, which cause vaginal or anal contraction
Donovanosis (on Wikipedia) (Granuloma inguinale)
a bacterial disease characterized by ulcerative genital lesions.
dopamine (on Wikipedia)
plays a major role in the brain system that is responsible for reward-driven learning
doraphilia
a generic term for an attraction to fur, skin or leather.
double anal penetration
two penetratons of the anus at the same time
double bagging
using two condoms at once to reduce failure
Double penetration
Double penetration (usually, but not limited to, vaginal and anal)
double vaginal penetration
two penetratons of the vagina at the same time
double vaginal, double anal (DVDA)
Simultaneous penetration of the vagina and anus of a single woman by two penises each.
double-ended dildo
a long, generally strap-on, dildo with two ends.
Douche
A simple item of equipment for douching, usually consisting of a rubber bulb and nozzle, though the term is sometimes extended to cover other items of douching equipment. Also the activity of douching, as in 'I had a douche' or 'I douched'.
Douching
From the French douche, 'shower', in a sexual context this means injecting liquid, usually water, under pressure into the ass or cunt, either for hygiene purposes prior to sex, for contraceptive purposes afterwards (not terribly reliable), or as a sexual thrill in itself. In the vagina the liquid is entering a closed cavity and only a limited amount can be used. In the rectum, the cavity immediately behind the asshole can be flushed, or liquid can be made to penetrate higher and further into the bowel and colon:
such a thorough anal douche is known as an enema and the sexual enjoyment of them is termed klismaphilia. The body will quickly attempt to expel water introduced in this way with a shitting action and controlling this can be part of the fun.
dower (on Wikipedia)
a provision accorded by law, but traditionally by a husband or his family, to a wife for her support in the event that she should survive her husband (i.e., become a widow). (Not to be confused with Dowry}
down-low
Keeping an act, action or some other piece of information a secret, usually in a MSM reltaionship
dowry
a price paid to the groom, or used by the bride to help establish the new household
DP
Double penetration (usually, but not limited to, vaginal and anal)
drag queen
man who dresses (or "drags") in female clothes and make-up for special occasions and usually because they are performing or entertaining as a hostess, stage artist or at an event
Dresser
A person who likes dressing in fetish wear or leather, and might be mistaken for a player, but their actual fetish is the dressing!
droit du seigneur (on Wikipedia)
a putative legal right allowing the lord of a medieval estate to take the virginity of his serfs' maiden daughters.
Drops
Bottoms sometimes experience Sub-drop after a session
the blues or moodiness following an exciting scene or weekend of play.
drugs and prostitution
see United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (on Wikipedia)
drugs and sex
a list of various drugs and their effects oon sex drive
dry enema
an alternative technique for cleansing the human rectum either for reasons of health, or for sexual hygiene. It is accomplished by squirting a small amount of sterile lubricant into the rectum, resulting in a bowel movement more quickly and with less violence than can be achieved by an oral laxative.
It is called "dry" by contrast to the more usual wet enema, because no water is used.
dry humping
the process of two people repeatedly moving up and down and back and forth on top of each other fully or partially clothed, but the penis must not come in contact with the vagina with out some sort of fabric seperating them ex: boxers,panties, or even sheets!!)
dry orgasm
a sexual climax that does not result in ejaculation
dry sex
having sexual intercourse with the woman not having vaginal lubrication
DSM
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (from the American Psychiatric Association) gives objective terms for the purpose of Psychiatric Research.
D/S
Popular abbreviation for Dominance and submission. A relationship between a Top and bottom where one is Dominant and the other submissive. Can be for a scene or can be a long-term relationship or anything in between. (Also called Dom-sub, DS, D/S, D&S.)Other kinds of deferent activities, ranging from service such as polishing the dominant's boots, to cooking dinner, to kneeling at the dominant's feet, to body worship, to orgasm deprivation or having an orgasm on command, are also common parts of DS. The rules of DS are not standardized. They are typically worked out between the partners during negotiations prior to playing. A submissive is not required to kneel at the foot of the dominant unless the partners have agreed that kneeling is an acceptable play activity. Nor is a submissive automatically required to defer to dominants other than the submissive's own partner.
Dual Personality
a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness - also known as Dissociative identity disorder
Duct Tape
Also known as gaffer's tape; used in many BDSM scenes as either restraints or gags.
ductus deferens
part of the male anatomy of many vertebrates; they transport sperm from the epididymis in anticipation of ejaculation.
Dungeon
Usually referring to a room or area with BDSM equipment and play space
DM or Dungeon Monitor
An acronym for Dungeon Monitor. In a BDSM Play Party, they watch the scenes to make sure house rules are followed and the play is safe.
dunk tank
also known as a dunking booth or dunking machine, is an attraction mainly used in funfairs, fundraisers, and personal parties. A dunk tank consists of a large tank of water, over which a seat is suspended. By striking a target, the seat will tip or fall into the tank of water, thus "dunking" whoever is sitting on the seat.
duration of sexual intercourse
see Human sexual response cycle (on Wikipedia)
double vaginal, double anal|DVDA
Simultaneous penetration of the vagina and anus of a single woman by two penises each. The term gained popularity after its inclusion in the movie Orgazmo by South Park co-creator Trey Parker, and is also the name of Parker's and Matt Stone's band
dydoe piercing
a type of male genital body piercing that passes through the ridge of the glans penis on the head of the penis.
dysfunctional uterine bleeding (on Wikipedia)
is abnormal genital tract bleeding based in the uterus and found in the absence of demonstrable structural organic pathology
dysgerminoma (on Wikipedia)
a type of germ cell tumor; it usually is malignant and usually occurs in the ovary
dysmenorrhea (on Wikipedia)
a gynecological medical condition of pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities,
dysmorphophilia
Sexual arousal arising from deformed, mentally impaired, or physically impaired partners.


dysorgasmia
pain upon the onset of orgasm. It can happen with both sexes,
dyspareunia
is painful sexual intercourse, due to medical or psychological causes. The symptom is significantly more common in women than in men, affecting up to one-fifth of women at some point in their lives.


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