Not surprisingly, the BDSM Ownership and symbols survey showed that:
- Collars are the top symbol of ownership and;
- few dominants had any symbols of ownership
More surprisingly, perhaps, some dominant respondents said they DID wear symbols of ownership
Across all respondents, the top ten symbols of ownership were:
- No 1 – No symbol of ownership 46%
- No 2 – Collar 41%
- No 3 – Bracelet/bangle 18%
- No 4 – Tattoo 10%
- No 5 – Necklace 9%
- No 6 – Wedding ring 8%
- No 7 – Piercing 7%
- No 8 – Ring (not wedding) 6%
- No 9= – Anklet 2%
- No 9= – Branding 2%
I’ve published that list before on Informed Consent. The charts below are new. They show what respondents said they wore as symbols of ownership. It was possible to choose more than one item, so percentages don’t add up to 100!
Dominants and symbols of ownership
The chart below shows what dominant respondents said they wore (not what their partners wore) as symbols of ownership, it looks at dominants of all BDSM components.
Overall. 73% of all dominants said they wore no symbols of ownership. All S/m dominants said they wore no symbols of ownership (to be fair, that was just two individuals). 66% of D/s dominants said they wore nothing (23 respondents). 86% of M/s Dominants wear no symbol of ownership (19 people).
The most common symbol of ownership worn by dominant respondents was a bracelet or bangle (17% said they wore this), followed by a wedding ring (12%).
Submissives – what do they wear?
74 submissives answered this question. As a symbol of ownership, the collar came top. 68% of all the submissives that answered this question said they wore a collar. 80% of S/m submissive respondents wear a collar to show ownership (4 people). 60% (31 respondents) of D/s submissives said they wear a collar and 88% (15 answerers) of M/s submissives also said they wear a collar to signify ownership.
26% of submissives wear no symbols of ownership.
24% of all respondents say they wear a bracelet/bangle – the second most common symbol of ownership. 25% of D/s respondents and 30% of M/s respondents wear this (no M/s respondents).
The third most common symbol of ownership worn by submissives is the tattoo, worn by 22% overall and 21% of D/s submissive respondents and 29% of M/s submissives who answered. Necklaces were fourth, but not far behind, being worn by 20% of submissive respondents.
Amongst submissive respondents rings (not wedding), at 11% were more common as ownership symbols than wedding rings (7%).