Bdsm Explained, Bdsm Symbol
What actually is the bdsm symbol and what does it mean?
The bdsm symbol (or bdsm emblem as it is also known) is a symbol for people who are into bdsm. It was created for the sole purpose for others who are into bdsm to know that you are into bdsm as well without people who are not into knowing. This meant that people could wear this symbol and not get abuse or raised eyebrows and instead they would just think that it is nice piece of jewellery or a casual tattoo.
The bdsm symbol is basically a circle with three equal sized pieces inside of it and the three pieces have a small hole each. The rim of the circle is a colour of a metal, usually the metal is gold, iron (looks like a shade of blue) and the three pieces are black & they all point clockwise.
The bdsm symbol has three different meanings, the first meaning is that each of the three pieces in the symbol stand for the three parts of bdsm. These parts are: Bondage & Discipline (BD), Dominance & Submissive (DS) and Sadism & Masochism (SM).
The second is also the bdsm motto which is “safe, sane and consensual”. This basically means that any bdsm scene or act no matter how big or small it can’t be life threatening or cause any injury (whether it be serious or not) and has to have permission from anyone involved.
The third and last meaning behind the bdsm symbol is that it stands for top, bottom and switch. These are the positions you are in bdsm. The top is basically the dominant person involved and takes control over the bottom who is the submissive. A switch is a person who has feelings to be a top and a bottom, not all switches have the same amount of feelings to both of the positions, as some might enjoy being one over the other. Myself for example I am a switch but I have more feelings to being a bottom (sub) however I still enjoy being a top (Dom) but I only tend to be a top with someone I know and love.
You can wear the bdsm symbols in a few ways, the two obvious ways is jewellery and tattoos. It doesn't have to be a big piece of jewellery if you don't want it to be, for example you could wear a ring for your finger as it is small and discreet. The same applies to a tattoo as it doesn't have to be a big tattoo that stands out but a small and discreet tattoo.
I hope this has been to some use to you and has provided an insight to the bdsm symbol.