Female submission  

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Jupiter and Thetis (1811) by Ingres, Thetis is depicted in the painting by Ingres as pleading at the knees of Zeus: "She sank to the ground beside him, put her left arm round his knees, raised her right hand to touch his chin, and so made her petition to the Royal Son of Cronos" (Iliad, I).

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Female submission describes BDSM activities in which the submissive partner is female. Usually the woman is dominated by a dominant man, but sometimes by another woman. It is a popular female fantasy that often appears in erotic literature. A large number of these books are written exclusively by women for a mainly female readership.

Female submission may include elements of Bondage (BDSM), Erotic spanking, and Servitude (BDSM), but submission originates from the desire to relinquish sexual control and also to be pleasing to one’s partner. A woman can include submission in an otherwise vanilla sex life, only submitting for a short period of time during scenes. However, some women choose to submit fulltime, becoming a slave and wearing their master's collar.


As a male fantasy

In The Romantic Agony, Mario Praz describes the shift from female masochism towards male masochism that occurred in mid-19th century, see from persecuted maiden to the femme fatale.

Female masochism described by female authors

Real life female masochists

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