Also, some submissives eschew personal pronouns, instead referring to themselves as "this slave" or "Master Bob's girl".This is sometimes considered an expression of modesty, but it is an entirely optional method of depersonalizing a submissive during "play".
Many extend this to His/Hers, Him/Her, He/She, etc., to make it clear when they are referring to a Dominant.
The inner conflict and surrender connected with dominance and submission are enduring themes in human culture and civilization.
A 1995 study indicates that 89% of heterosexual females who are active in BDSM expressed a preference for the submissive-recipient role in sexual bondage, expressing also a preference for a dominant male, and that 71% of heterosexual males preferred a dominant-initiator role.
A safeword is usually given to the submissive partner to prevent the dominant from overstepping physical and emotional boundaries.
Fantasy role play can be an element, with partners taking classic dominant or submissive roles, or classic authority-figure roles such as teacher and student, police officer and suspect, or parent and child.