Male domination

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Maledom, or male dominance, generally refers to heterosexual BDSM activities where the dominant partner is male, and the submissive partner is female. However, the term is sometimes used to refer to homosexual BDSM activities, where both partners are male.

Compare with female domination, also known as femdom.

Maledom scenarios are common in BDSM fiction, including works such as the Story of O and the works of John Norman and Adrian Hunter.

In modern times, maledom fiction began with the works of the Marquis de Sade who wrote about sexual scenarios in which men tortured women. The term "sadism" is derived from de Sade's name.

Maledom scenarios are often critiqued by feminists because the imposition of the male as the dominant figure can be seen as implying the inferiority of females, although few feminists seem concerned about equivalent impositions in femdom fiction or practice. The objection is questionable as an urge to submit can be quite strong in females who have no pathological personal background, nor any particularly indentifiable psyschological pathology, only an interest in uncommon sexual and relationship practices.

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