In the BDSM ownership and symbols survey I did on surveymonkey, 37 S/m people answered the following question:
Thinking of symbols of ownership in BDSM, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?
An outline of their responses to each of the question’s statements follows:
Symbols of ownership can be used by anybody in any BDSM dynamic, for any purpose
87% of S/m people agreed or agreed strongly (46%) with this statement. Only 6% disagreed or disagreed strongly.
Symbols of ownership are important symbols of commitment and permanence and should be worn and respected as such.
52% disagreed (41% strongly). 30% were neutral and 19% agreed (3% strongly)
Symbols of ownership can be worn to indicate temporary ownership (for example in play sessions)
92% agreed (65% strongly); 5% were neutral and 3% disagreed
Symbols of ownership are fun and have no other special significance
57% agreed (46% strongly). 19% were neutral. 14% disagreed and 11% disagreed strongly.
Symbols of ownership should only be worn by the submissive partner(s)
52% agreed (38% strongly). 22% responded neutrally and 25% disagreed.
Symbols of ownership can be worn by all partners
44% agreed (14% strongly). 22% were neutral and 35% disagreed
A symbol of ownership can be anything the partner(s) agree on
85% agreed (strongly – 57%), 11% responded neutrally and 6% disagreed.
A collar is the accepted BDSM symbol of ownership.
81% agreed (51% strongly), 19% were neutral and nobody disagreed!
Further background on this question can be found here.
If you found this interesting or useful, please think about doing the BDSM and Money survey, on the impact of BDSM on people’s pockets. Current results will be visible once you have completed the survey
- Collar wearing, what do submissives do? (belasarius.com)
- BDSM Ownership and Symbols Survey – are you owned? (belasarius.com)
- Collars, and other symbols of BDSM ownership. (belasarius.com)
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