Humiliation therefore encompasses a range of paraphilia, including foot fetish, shoe fetish, body worship, spanking, bondage, and most BDSM styles.
It can be as basic as the desire to kiss and massage feet as a precursor to sex; and it can be complex, involving roleplay and public displays of subservience.
As with any form of pain experimentation in a sexual context, consent and (paradoxically) a high degree of awareness and communication are needed to ensure that the result is desirable, rather than abusive.
Some sexual humiliation involves physical inflicting pain, but much of it is far more concerned with ridicule, mocking, degradation, and embarrassment. For example, one person might play the part of a dog because he or she enjoys being mock-forced into it, and the top might emphasize the lowness of the bottom’s status as an animal, whereas another person might play the role of the dog without any element of humiliation, simply as an expression of an inner animal or playful spirit.Humiliation in general stimulates the same brain regions that are associated with physical pain, the inference being that humans evolved to remember social rewards and punishments as strongly as they recall physical reward or pain in response to their environment.However, elements of erotic humiliation may be part to a number of dominance based activities.Humiliation comes into its own as a sexual force when the devotee seeks the humiliation over and above the means: when being spanked is primarily valued because of the belittlement involved, for example.However, a dominant may take care over insulting the submissive.
Terms like “fat”, “ugly”, “stupid” or “worthless” could be considered abuse if this is not part of the understanding the top and bottom have negotiated for their role play scene.
One example may be as simple as having a slave call their Master “Sir” or “Master.” For some, this in and of itself is utterly humiliating, while other slaves may find that is not humiliating whatsoever.
On the flip side, having a slave wear a collar and perform submissive acts in public or within the confines of a scene with other people may seem humiliating to some, but normal and natural to others.
It can also be for a set period of time (a “scene”) or an ongoing facet of a relationship. Rather, it is semiotically charged by the shared attitude of the partners engaged in the act.
They invest specific acts, objects, or body parts with a humiliating aspect.
While in a dominant-submissive scene or relationship, the submissive takes a subordinate role and may be called “slave”, “boy”, “dog” or something similar.