Copied from Wikipedia:
A subset of long-term BDSM relationships are relationships in which everyday life is clearly framed by the concept of BDSM even outside of sexual activities. The partners involved maintain in their daily life an appropriate balance of power and accordingly make aspects of BDSM a consistent part of their lifestyle. Here, BDSM cannot be designated a merely sexual phenomenon. The term “24/7 relationship” is derived from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another term for such behavior is “D/s”, derived from “Dominant/submissive”. The dominant partner controls most aspects of the submissive’s life. Particular areas of life such as work, family, or friends can be excluded from the D/s relationship and not be placed under control of the dominant partner. Some D/s relationships, however, cover all areas of life; such constellations are designated as a “Total Power Exchange” (TPE). In D/s, and especially in TPE relationships, changes in the balance of power (so-called “Switching”) only rarely take place. TPE relationships probably represent the least common role behavior within the BDSM spectrum.
Some time ago I read a profile on Fetlife in which was stated that the sub was in a 24/7 D/s relationship with her husband. She went on to tell more about their circumstances and reading through it, I realized that there were a lot of similarities with our marriage. Married, kids, work, family life… and yet she called it a 24/7 D/s relationship.
Something in the piece of text had me questioning my D/s relationship with my Husband. We have always said that for us there is no way in which we could have a 24/7 D/s relationship. Not with kids around and with both of us working fulltime. However, while we talked, we realized that we do have a 24/7 D/s mindset.
In my mind I am always submitting to Him. I am His property – always. I follow His rules. I wear my charms every day, reminding me of my position. And of course, I carry my tattoo with me every day. Even when He is not in the same room as I am, I am seeking His approval. Even when I am not wearing His collar, I am wearing it. To us our D/s relationship is 24/7… that is our mindset.
The next day, after this conversation of ours, I wanted to read more about this, which had me searching and finding some articles on the world wide web, as those mentioned above and below. This just confirmed what my Husband and I had discussed the night before: we indeed have a 24/7 D/s relationship. What we certainly would not be able to do in our circumstances and what does not appeal to us at all, is to have a TPE (Total Power Exchange) relationship.
Of course, after this ‘discovery’ I started wondering about those around me (on internet) who are also involved in D/s relationships or have been involved. How do you see your relationship? What does 24/7 mean to you? If you are not in a 24/7 relationship, would you like to be in one? Why? If you are/were in a 24/7 relationship, are/were you happy with it or do/did you want more? Or less?
Please keep in mind that we are all unique. No two relationships are the same. We all make our own choices, have our own desires and we are not here to judge one another. I just think it’s interesting to hear the different opinions or to read about the ways in which others express their submission.
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