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  1. Historical uses
  2. D/s Households
  3. BDSM Publishing and Fashion Houses
  4. House of Domination
  5. Links to D/s and M/s households
  6. See also
  7. Other links


House is used in several different ways within O&P and in the wider BDSM scene, but always to represent a group of individuals pursuing some common purpose and wishing to establish some form of identity together. The construction "The House of X" is a very common way of titling such households.

Historical uses

Much of the imagery and symbolism in BDSM comes from historical holders of power, such as monarchs and feudal lords. Royal and noble dynasties often took a name of the form the "House of York" or the "House of Grimaldi" to identify themselves, either based on a geographical location ("York") or their founder ("Grimaldo Canella".)

Modern science fiction has used similar terminology when putting quasi-aristocratic households in a fantasy context. For example, the slave-dealing business run from the House of Cernus in John Norman's Gor series; and the struggle between House Atreides and House Harkonnen for control of the planet Arrakis in Frank Herbert's "Dune". These fictional houses share the key features of historical houses: the idea of a common identity and name, a leader, and retainers or servants.

D/s Households

A House provides an alternative model to the leather family, for groups of people living together in a D/s structure. For some people who prefer more patriarchal styles of dominance, the idea of a hierarchical and even formal or ritualised household may sit more comfortably than a family. Most D/s Households have a clearly identified head of household, who may be referred to as the master or mistress.

Many D/s Households are prominent within their local BDSM scene, and may organise events or their local chapter of an organisation such as MAsT. Having a shared household identity is both convenient and affirming, in the same way that many married couples prefer to share a surname.

BDSM Publishing and Fashion Houses

Similar names are also uses by some BDSM publishers, such as the House of Milan and House of Gord, and fashion businesses, such as House of Harlot. This usage also overlaps the mainstream concept of a "publishing house" or a "fashion house", but has an added dimension within BDSM due to its historical and modern D/s associations.

House of Domination

The term House is also rarely used to refer to a business of professional domination. Similar to the usage in publishing or fashion, it represents a commercial venture. A House of Domination is an establishment from where multiple professional dominas operate.

Links to D/s and M/s households

See also links on the leather family article.

See also

Other links

(This article incorporates text from the article on houses in Wipipedia.)

This article is published under the terms of the GFDL. The contributors to this article were: daitchen, MisPandora, Tanos

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