Humiliation is the consensual use of psychological humiliation in a
sexual context, whereby one person gains arousal or erotic
excitement from the mixed and powerful emotions of being humiliated
and demeaned, or of humiliating another.
Sexual Humiliation can be verbal or physical, and can be relatively
private or public.
The person being humiliated is often called a bottom, and the person
who humiliates them is often called the top, or if female, sometimes
humiliatrix. Other common names are slave or sub/submissive for the
bottom, and master/mistress or dom/dominant for the top.
Humiliation is not the same as domination as the devotee is not
necessarily seeking to be ordered about. Humiliation comes into its
own as a sexual force when the devotee seeks the humiliation over
and above the means, for example when being spanked is primarily
valued because of the belittlement involved. As such, it encompasses
a range of paraphilia, in particular foot fetish or 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,
or it can be complex, involving role play or public displays of
subservience. It can also be for a set period of time (a "scene") or
as an ongoing facet of a relationship.