Femdom, or female dominance, refers to BDSM activities where the dominant partner is a female. The word Femdom can also stand for female dominant, and a female dominant is sometimes called a domme or domina. A female professional dominant is often referred to as a dominatrix.
This is the opposite of Maledom where the dominant partner is male.
Many people, in particular men with masochistic leanings, find sexual pleasure in being dominated by a woman. Since there are comparatively few women who like to play the dominant role in a BDSM partnership, there is a market for professional dominatrices. This fact, plus the common notion that an M/F scenario reminds people of domestic violence, may be the reason why by the mid-20th century femdom had become a common stereotype of the entire BDSM subculture. Especially in mainstream media, the image of a masochistic man whipped by a dominatrix is much more common than that of a masochistic woman enjoying the dominance of her male partner.
Femdom art (stories, drawings, photos, videos, etc) features bondage as well as spanking and humiliation scenes. Femdom is a typically adult genre, so the spankees are rarely minors. A work of F/f or F/m art is generally not called "femdom". An exception may be considered, for example, in drawings by Jay Em who feature women in dominatrix outfits spanking children.
Strict femdom maid, by Lucy Cline
Drawing by Franco.
Artwork by Underling.
Rendered art by OTTO.
Illustration by Louis Malteste.
Illustration by Georges Topfer.
Artwork by John Willie.
Femdom video producers
Nu-West, one of the oldest and largest producers of corporal punishment videos, was also among the first to recognize the demand for femdom titles. In the early 1990s they added a new division for female dominant titles called Leda. The company then became known as Nu-West/Leda Productions. These male-submissive titles include especially harsh punishments as well as humiliation training that includes enemas and sodomy with strap-on dildos.
Two companies that are evenly divided between femdom and female-submissive productions are Pacific Force and the now-defunct Brooks Applications. Raven Hill Studios recently added a line of femdom titles produced by Bad Lad Entertainment.
The following is a list of video producers that offer male submissive (F/M) titles. Most companies also feature F/F and/or M/F titles. Very few are exclusively F/M oriented.
- Brooks Applications (no longer active)
- GwenMedia (Isabella Sinclair)
- The Ivory Mistress
- MIB Productions
- Nu-West/Leda Productions
- Ohh Tee Kay Productions
- Pacific Force
- Raven Hill Studios
- Shadow Lane
- Southeastern Woodshed
- Femdom fiction at LSF Publications
- Dominatrix with foot on man's back (stock photo)
- Vintage FemDom Art Vintage Visions