BDSM symbols of ownership – people’s attitudes

In the BDSM ownership and symbols survey I did on surveymonkey, I asked the following question:

Thinking of symbols of ownership in BDSM, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

Respondents could choose multiple responses from the following list:

  • Symbols of ownership can be used by anybody in any BDSM dynamic, for any purpose

    English: Picture of User:Lady Byron wearing a ...
    Picture of User:Lady Byron wearing a BDSM-style collar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Symbols of ownership are important symbols of commitment and permanence and should be worn and respected as such.
  • Symbols of ownership can be worn to indicate temporary ownership (for example in play sessions)
  • Symbols of ownership are fun and have no other special significance
  • Symbols of ownership should only be worn by the submissive partner(s)
  • Symbols of ownership can be worn by all partners
  • A symbol of ownership can be anything the partner(s) agree on
  • A collar is the accepted BDSM symbol of ownership.

210 people responded to the survey and 177 answered this question. 37 professed to be sadists/masochists, 97 said they were dominants/submissives and 43 said they were masters or slaves.

People were asked whether they agreed strongly, agreed, neither agreed or disagreed, disagreed or disagreed strongly with each statement. To make the results less complex to chart, I’ve aggregated these responses as agree, neither agree nor disagree  and disagree. I’ve also shortened the statements people were asked to comment on to:

  • SoO can be used by for any purpose
  • SoO are symbols of commitment
  • SoO can show temporary ownership
  • SoO are fun
  • SoO should only be worn submissives
  • SoO can be worn by all partners
  • SoO can be anything
  • Collar is accepted SoO

I’ve split the results into the three BDSM components I use and I am going to do one post on each:

Other people’s posts on BDSM and D/s symbols:

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