Femdom, or female dominance, refers to BDSM activities where the dominant partner is a female. A female dominant is sometimes called a domme or domina. A professional female dominant is often referred to as a dominatrix.
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.
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- Brooks Applications (no longer active)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