BDSM Play: The BIG List of BDSM Activities

Welcome to our growing list of BDSM play. While this list is surely not exhaustive, it’s our attempt to catalog all the types of BDSM activities.

With each type of play you’ll find links to articles with more information or ideas. In addition to cataloging, our goal is to inform, entertain, and hopefully inspire!

Some activities are grouped together for the sake of organization and brevity.

Note that all of the BDSM play listed below is always for consenting adults only. Even role-play of “non-consent”, such as rape fantasy, must ALWAYS be consensual.

Any type of BDSM play requires basic BDSM safety knowledge. Many are also highly specialized and/or dangerous, and should only be attempted with additional training through workshops, online courses, or with a professional practitioner.

Still looking for a BDSM play partner? Meet others who share your kink at these BDSM dating sites.

Here we go..

types of BDSM Play list

50 Types of BDSM Play for Kink Connoisseurs

1. Age Play

Age play is for BDSMers who enjoy role-play that involves acting and/or being treated as if you were another age, generally younger than your actual age. It could involve a ‘Daddy’ dominant and his younger submissive, or even touch on the taboo of incest.

Others put on their diapers and go full-on baby for a caregiver. BDSM can enter the scene with spankings, punishment, and other games of dominance and submission.

2. Bondage

Bondage can be as basic or elaborate as you want it to be. Those new to bondage can keep it simple with silk scarves or some form of cuffs. For real aficionados, consider looking into specialized forms of bondage such as shibari rope bondage and mummification.

Shibari rope bondage on woman.

The beauty of shibari rope bondage.

3. Biting

Biting is another one of those kinks that’s easy to give a go when you’re new to the world of BDSM. Who doesn’t like a little nibble on the ear? However, in a BDSM scene biting is generally more than a nibble, potentially leaving marks.

There are plenty of guides to erotic biting online, so be sure to read up before any serious chomping. We’ve had a couple Kinky Confessions involving biting that you can check out here and here.

4. Breast Torture

Breasts are very sensitive and often the focus of varying forms of pain and pleasure during kinky play. Breast torture could involve bondage techniques, wax play, use of suction devices, whipping and flogging, nipple clamps, temperature play, and more.

Here are 6 Kinky Breast Play Tips for those just starting out.

5. Breath Play

Also known as erotic asphyxiation, breath play involves forms of smothering, choking, masks, and other methods of cutting off oxygen supply. It may involve applying pressure to the carotid arteries, restricting the intake of breath directly, or even going underwater. It can lead to a euphoric lightheadedness and bigger orgasms.

This type of BDSM play is certainly not without controversy as it can be extremely dangerous for obvious reasons. Do not attempt without proper education and safety precautions.

BDSM breath play through strangling.

Breath play for advanced BDSM lovers only.

6. Caning

A form of impact play utilizing a cane or stick, usually made of rattan, and most often applied to the buttocks. Caning as a form of judicial or school discipline was once widespread, and is still legal in some countries.

I can imagine some teacher/student role-play might be a good start for incorporating this kink. If you’d like to give it a try read our article BDSM Caning for Beginners.

7. Chastity

Chastity is a game of control, usually between a dominant and their submissive. It might involve a device which restricts the sub’s ability to touch or use their genitals, such as a chastity belt or cock cage. It might be part of one particular scene, or an ongoing game of teasing and denial.

For more details, see Tips and Tricks for Chastity Sessions.

8. Collaring

Playtime aside, a submissive in a D/s relationship will often wear a collar, or be “collared”. The collar symbolizes their submissive status, and may even be as meaningful as a wedding ring is to others, such as in the case of those who engage in collaring ceremonies.

A collar can take many forms, even a simple necklace when it is important to be discreet. Within BDSM play, a collar will usually have a ring that allows for restraint or the addition of a leash.

Collared woman with leash.

Submissive woman with leash and collar.

9. Cock & Ball Torture

The mere thought makes most men cringe, but CBT is more popular among BDSM lovers than you might realize. This kink plays on erotic humiliation, masochism, and the desire to be please and be dominated.

As you can imagine, there are many ways to bust balls. This wiki page has a good listing of the various devices used for cock and ball torture. Other methods include grabbing, kneeing, or trampling, or other forms of BDSM play such electro-stimulation, sounding, wax, and temperature.

10. Cuckoldry

Simply put, a cuckold is the partner of an adulterous woman. But in this day and age, cuckoldry isn’t really about being the victim of a cheating spouse – it is a form of play in which the cuckold is deeply turned on and erotically humiliated by the exploits of his partner with another. He may wait at home feeling a mix of anguish and pleasure, or watch directly without being able to participate.

Some may be surprised to find cuckoldry on our BDSM list, but it strongly involves domination, submission, and humiliation. Learn more about what makes the cuckold fantasy so popular.

Looking for cuckolding play partners? See How to Find Cuckold Couples and Bulls.

Bull having sex with your wife.

Watching her with a bull is a cuckold’s delight.

11. Cupping

The origins of erotic cupping may go back as far as 3000 years. In this ancient practice, cups are heated before being applied to the skin, causing suction and increased blood flow to the area.

Cupping is less intense than the stimulation of bondage or flogging, but when it’s done to an erogenous zone the sensation and pressure can be powerful.

12. Domination and Submission

Most of the BDSM play types listed here involve some level of dominance and submission. Obviously a big part of BDSM, many kinky sexual games and relationships revolve around this concept.

For instance, a D/s relationship could have a Master and submissive maintaining their Dom and sub roles 24/7, while some couples will just use dominance and submissive behaviour in the bedroom, or choose to switch at times.

See Domination-Submission Games for Kinky Couples.

Dominant Woman on Man

Domination and Submission are at the heart of BDSM play.

13. Edge Play

Edge play is often used in reference to kinks that are considered more risky, such as breath play, knife play, or others that are considered controversial in the kink community . But it’s actually more subjective than that.

Edge play is about pushing the boundaries or “edges” of what a person is comfortable with, or what they are able to handle, regardless of the scene. Because of this, safety precautions and communication before and during are essential.

If this sounds interesting, here’s a good article on edge play with imput from experienced Dommes, from the Daily Dot.

14. Electrostimulation and Electro-Play

Some kinksters love to bring devices and toys into their BDSM experience, and electrostimulation takes things to the next level.

Electro play basically involves toys or implements that use electricity, including EMS units, violet wants, or even an electric fly swatter!

The sensation is generally kind of prickly and not as painful or scary as you’d expect, but those expectations are part of the mental stimilation of this type of play. Read: Incorporating Electricity into Advanced Kink Play.

Electrostimulation in BDSM play

Electrify your senses.

15. Facesitting

There is definitely a level of dominance at work when someone sits upon a partner’s face, whether male or female. Yep, facesitting can go both ways.

Although the enjoyment of face-sitting is not limited to BDSMers, the position lends itself well to a submissive’s pleasuring of their Master or Mistress.

Read Tia’s post, The Fine Art of Facesitting for some woman-on-top face-sitting tips.

16. Feederism

Those who partake in the feederism lifestyle are called feeders and feedees. In these relationships the woman is often the gainer, and her partner encourages her to gain weight, with varying levels of control.

It’s this idea of control – controlling what another eats and how their body develops – that puts this kink within the BDSM realm.

Feederism is also related to the fat fetish, as the goal is usually to plump the feedee up to a very large size, bringing additional kinks like squashing and gut flopping into play.

Woman gaining weight through feederism.

Stuff your face in the name of kink.

17. Fire Play

Temperature play with the excitement, and danger, of flames. Fire play requires a lot of safety precautions and education, as it generally consists of applying fire near or close to the skin.

The form it takes can include a flaming whip or flogger, fire cupping, brief lighting of a flammable fluid on the skin, candle flames, or tapping the skin with a lit torch.

This article on the Free Thoughts Blog offers a good introduction.

18. Fisting

While fisting isn’t strictly a BDSM practice, it can often be incorporated into a scene due to the pain/pleasure element.

Fisting can be done on either sex as vaginal fisting or anal fisting. Guys, here are our tips for getting fisted by a woman.

If you are new to fisting and would like to try, read our introductory article Fisting: What You Need to Know.

Woman Holding BDSM Flogger in Her Teeth

Do you enjoy a good flogging?

19. Flogging

Flogging, or flagellation, for sexual gratification is a very old kink. While flogging is known as a form of punishment throughout the ages and the world, there is evidence of erotic flogging from as far back as the 1590s.

The sensations vary from mild to very intense, depending on the force and implement used.

For more on floggers and how to get started, see Flogging for Beginners.

20. Foot Worship

Foot worship doesn’t refer strictly to a fetish for feet, but the worship of feet in a submissive manner.

This kink involves an element of humiliation, with the sub being “only good enough” to worship and serve at their Dom/me’s feet. The BDSM foot worshiper submits to the power and beauty of their Master or Mistresses toes, soles, and arches.

Want to show your woman how much you love and worship her feet? Start with these tame suggestions for worshipping her tender tootsies: Foot Worship: 4 Ways to Adore Her Feet.

21. Genitorture

In the context of BDSM, genitorture is the infliction of pain to the genitals for sexual enhancement. This includes cock and ball torture, listed above.

Female genitorture, or pussy torture, is another variant. As with CBT, there’s a whole range of possible sensations and ways to play. Wax play, electro- stimulation, caning, clamps, and clothes pins are just a few.

Woman Having Orgasm

Sometimes pain IS pleasure.

22. Gun Play

BDSM play that involves a gun usually falls into what’s considered extreme edge play.

An unloaded gun can be used penetratively in the vagina or mouth, or as a prop for fear and danger play.

The use of a gun during sex is not without controversy and some suggest it never be used. If you must, do consider using a replica gun or toy gun which cannot be loaded and has no moving parts.

23. Hair Pulling

Hair pulling is a great way for those new to BDSM to experiment with light dominance and pain.

Sensations can range from a light grasp at the back of the neck, to harder pulling and use during positions like doggy style.

For more beginner BDSM ideas see Kink Lite for BDSM Beginners and Domination Lite for BDSM Newbies.

24. Humiliation Play

Humiliation and/or degradation can be a big part of kinky fantasies and BDSM play. One scenario where erotic humiliation is usually key is cuckolding, but many a submissive slave desires to be humiliated by their Master or Mistress. They desire humiliation for pleasure, and to display an ultimate willingness to please in the context of service and submission.

Methods include verbal humiliation, use in role-play, and public or private belittlement. The psychology of erotic humiliation is complex – this wiki page is a good start for learning more.

BDSM Play with ice

Revel in the cold side of BDSM temperature play.

25. Ice Play

While ice play has it’s dangers, it’s a safer choice than fire play for those who want to get started with BDSM temperature play. Think cold water, ice cubes, popsicles, and frozen fruit.

Those are a few examples from our post Cold Temperature Play for a Hot Summer. For tips and advice on playing with ice in particular, see Ice Play: 4 Ways to Use Ice Cubes for BDSM.

26. Impact Play

Impact play involves striking a person, for the pleasure of one or both parties.

Typical impact play includes popular BDSM activities such as caning, spanking, slapping, whipping and flogging. Punching, kicking and face slapping can also be part of consensual impact play.

A great range of sensations are possible depending on the implement used and the level of force.

Sexy Dominatrix with Whip

Care to feel the sting of impact play?

27. Knife Play

Knife play and cutting as part of BDSM is another kink that is considered risky, but between consenting partners who have done their homework it can be highly erotic.

Considered a form of edge play or “fear play”, playing with knives can be highly stimulating both psychologically and physically.

Tools might involve knives, swords, or daggers, and could involve drawing blood which adds to the risk.

Woman with knife between teeth.

Ride the edge with knife play.

28. Mummification

For some, being restricted to the point of being unable to move is the ultimate submission and turn-on.

Mummification is a form of bondage and can be done with various wrappings including medical tapes, plastic wrap, or even using a body bag. Being wrapped up like a mummy falls within sensory deprivation, particularly if the one being wrapped is also unable to see.

Curious to learn more? Read Mummification: Extreme Bondage for Sexual Pleasure.

29. Needle Play

Needle play is basically sticking a needle through the skin of someone else.

Medical needles are the only ones that should be used as they are sterile and sharp. Piercing play, (as described here at Deviance & Desire), is a popular variant to medical needle play.

Fear, pain, dominance, submission, and S&M, are all at play here.

Fetish nurse with medical needle.

Needle play and medical fetish go hand in hand.

30. Nose Torture

Nose torture, or nose bondage, can be employed during BDSM play and punishment as a form of humiliation and/or pain.

In traditional Japanese nose torture, a nose-hook is applied to pull the submissive’s nose open and upward, either lightly or more forcefully.

Other ways to torture the nose include wax play, clothespins or clamps, nose caning, or simply pulling and twisting.

31. Orgasm Denial

Orgasm denial can be a fun one, especially for those who like to see their submissive squirm! Frequently, this type of play involves continual arousal, either physical or mental, without being able to experience release. The orgasm may be put off until it’s denial is no longer bearable, or denied entirely.

Considered a form of power play, it can also be used to prolong a scene or encounter, and may involve bondage or not.

Many ways to play this one, (here are some play ideas from Bustle), including the outer limit of chastity play.

Man giving woman an orgasm.

Bring her to the brink with orgasm control and denial.

32. Orgasm Torture

Orgasm denial is one end of a spectrum. At the other end is orgasm torture, or forced orgasms.

You know when you’ve had your orgasm and you’re simply too sensitive to bare any more stimulation? One form of orgasm torture is when a Dom forces their sub to cum again and again. Often refusing to let the submissive touch themselves, the Dom is in complete control of the orgasms and when, and if, a climax occurs.

Jamie put together some tips here: Orgasm Torture Tips for BDSM Couples.

33. Pegging

Pegging is a great way for a Domme to turn the tables on a male sub, bending him over and entering him anally from behind.

When part of BDSM play, pegging play can be a very effective form of submission and/or humiliation, and gets even more interesting when combined with bondage and anal training.

Strap-on sex and the strapon fantasy are becoming so popular that there are even pegging dating sites now.

Here are 5 Strap-On Sex Tips for Beginners.

Sexy Legs in Black Stockings

What’s under there? Prepare for a pegging!

34. Pet Play

Here kitty kitty! Owner and pet play, animal role-play, human pets, all refer to BDSM play in which a submissive plays the part of an animal for their Dom.

The fun of pet play is that it brings up many opportunities to explore BDSM. Bondage and confinement through use of leashes and caging, kneeling and crawling before your master, treats and punishments, plus training.

Get started with these ideas from Kink Weekly.

35. Piss Play

Piss play is one of those kinks that fits in nicely with BDSM play, as domination and submission are clearly in effect when someone pisses on their partner’s body, or in their mouth even.

An interest in “golden showers” is actually very common, and with some safety precautions can easily be incorporated into a BDSM scene.

Discover some tips for adding this fetish to your bag of tricks: Piss Play Ideas for Kinky Lovers.

36. Pony Play

This could easily be considered part of pet play, but as it can get quite elaborate and has it’s own set of sub-niches, pony play is considered a BDSM play type in it’s own right.

We’ve written about pony play in Confessions of a Kinky Pony Play Girl, but I also found an excellent resource in cPony.com.  It’s a site that hasn’t been updated recently, but there is a lot there to explore including differences between cart ponies, show ponies, riding ponies, veterinarian play and the various pony tack and gear used.

Pony Play Anal Plug

An anal plug fit for a unicorn.

37. Pussy Worship

This is exactly what it sounds like; getting down on your knees to worship at the pussy of your beloved Domme. How you worship is likely up to your Mistress, but this type of subservience can be incorporated into all levels of kinky relationships.

From light massage and oral – to face-sitting while in bondage, vagina worship is wide-ranging. Read Pussy Worship: How to Serve a Woman’s Vagina.

38. Rape Fantasy

Common among both women and men, the fantasy of being forced to have sex or engage in sexual acts is called rape play or forced sex role-play.

In attempts to understand the fantasy, many have ascribed reasoning such as guilt or repression to why someone would enjoy this kink. But simply, consensual rape play is yet another game of dominance and submission, involving force and role-play, and sometimes bondage. In a kink context, it is ALWAYS consensual.

Should You Indulge Your Kinky Date’s Rape Fantasy?

39. Role-Play

Here at Kink Lovers we love role-play and coming up with new ideas for BDSM scenes. Role-playing simply involves acting out a role, or imagining your BDSM play is happening within a particular “scene”.

Classic examples include doctor and patient, officer and criminal, teacher and student, or even animal and owner as with pet play. You can see that these role-play examples all consist of an authoritative Dom role, and a submissive role – ripe for further BDSM games. Role-play is a great way to let your imagination run wild!

Couple Role Playing sex at the office.

Role-play can get the creative juices flowing.

40. Scat Play

Those into scat play are excited about incorporating feces into their sexual experiences.

As a fetish, it’s technically known as coprophilia, and coprophagia refers to the practice of eating your own or a partner’s excrement.

It’s a risky one because feces often contain bacteria and possibly parasites, but there are “toilet slaves” out there who are very eager to please a dominant in this way.

41. Sado-Masochism

S&M is a broad category of play. It basically encompasses any kind of play that involves sadism and masochism.

Sadism is the sexual enjoyment of inflicting pain, humiliation, or suffering upon a another. Masochism is the other side of the coin, in which a person derives sexual pleasure from their own pain. As you can see, these 2 serve as the motivation for many a BDSM encounter.

42. Sensation Play

Tickling, spanking, temperature play, biting, scratching, sounding.. any form of kinky play that incorporates the deliberate use of sensation falls into this category.

Whether light or intense, sensation play is a way to explore enhancement of the senses, erotic anticipation, and a whole gamut of physical experiences.

Holly provides our readers with some Sensation Play Ideas for Hot Hookups.

Couple with Man Blindfolded

Up your sensation play with a sensory depriving blindfold.

43. Sensory Deprivation

Sensory deprivation play is the act of “removing” one or more of a person’s senses, so that the remaining senses are heightened.

Typically this can be done using a blindfold or earplugs. While blindfolded, a person may have an enhanced experience of touch, smell, and hearing, so this type of play pairs well with sensation play.

It also creates anticipation and excitement when a sub can’t see or hear what their Master is going to do next! Explore Sensory Deprivation Play for Couples.

44. Self BDSM

Most forms of play on our BDSM list revolve around what one partner can do to another, or sexual games that can be played together. But not every kinky person has a play-mate at their disposal and some would prefer to play alone anyways.

Solo BDSM and self-bondage encompass ways that someone could safely experiment and enjoy BDSM play on their own.

One of our most  popular articles here at Kink Lovers is Solo BDSM: 5 Ways to Play Alone.

Woman practicing solo BDSM.

Getting it on with your kinky self.

45. Sounding

Sounding involves putting a thin metal rod, called a sound, into the urethra. Urethral sounding isn’t as painful as it sounds, and can be quite pleasurable as there are many nerve endings within the urethra. The sound can even touch the prostate which can be orgasmic.

Here are some beginner sounding tips from Kink Lovers.

46. Spanking

We all know what spanking is and probably learned about them from a young age. However, erotic spanking goes well beyond punishment and is where pleasure is added to pain through a variety of means.

Paddles, crops, open-hand, over-the-knee (OTK spanking), light or extreme – there is is so much within this type of impact play.

In fact, spanking is so popular and we have written so many spanking articles, that a spanking hub of all Kink Lovers spanking posts is forthcoming.

Interested in meeting others who share your spanking kink? Check out Spanking Dating Sites that Work.

Woman Being Spanked

One of the most popular forms of BDSM play.

47. Suspension

Suspension play is advanced BDSM. A submissive can be put in bondage and suspended fully or partially, and in this way are put into a very helpless state.

Practitioners of BDSM suspension must know what they are doing, as it can be very intense and comes with risks. A couple good resources online for those who’d like to learn about suspension and bondage in general are the Duchy and Rope Connections.

48. Tickle Torture

Getting tickled when you are tied up and unable to squirm away can be delightful or absolute torture depending on the circumstances. In fact, tickling was used as an actual form of torture in ancient China, particularly on nobles because it leaves no marks.

Want to incorporate some forced ha-has into your BDSM play? Try these 4 Tickle Torture Tips for Kinky Couples.

49. Wax Play

Wax play combines fire, heat, pain, suspense, and anticipation. What’s not to love?

This kink involves dripping wax from a candle onto a submissive’s skin. Depending on the candle, this type of temperature play can range from a warming sensation to extremely hot. Burns can result so education and precaution are important, as always.

Here are our Wax Play Tips for Beginners.

Dominatrix in with riding crop

A riding crop is a good first whip for beginners.

50. Whipping Play

Whipping can be an incredibly intense form of impact play. Great care, via education and practice, must be taken before incorporating whips into your BDSM play as it can leave welts or even cut the skin.

But once you know what you are doing? Your sub can be standing with their hands bound above as your bull whip strikes and slithers around their body, or you apply a quick snap of a flicker whip across their bottom.



If there’s something you think we should add to our list of BDSM ideas, please use the comments to let us know. Or just share a few details about your favorite type of play or BDSM fantasy.

A complete list of fetishes is also coming up. The BDSM list above just pertains to play and kinks that fall under the BDSM umbrella. Enjoy!

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