What is BDSM?

Simply the acronym BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism. But alone each item contains a treasure trove of information. I could write an individual article on each item, but I will not do that for now. Before I being detailing each item I will give a quick overview of the history and reasons why people engage in BSDM. Additionally, I will give you many key terms and concepts in the BDSM lifestyle.


According to Merriam Webster, the first known use of the term BDSM was in 1991. However, the terms that create the acronym have been in use since the 19th century.

sexual activity involving such practices as the use of physical restraints, the granting and relinquishing of control, and the infliction of pain