Sexual 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.