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Protocol

A protocol is a rule or code of formally correct behaviour, especially describing how an activity should be performed. In D/s, protocol is usually symbolic of submission and is therefore a type of ritual.

Protocol is more specific than etiquette, which may also apply to informal environments.

Many different and often contradictory protocols exist in D/s circles, and it is better to speak of "my protocol" or refer to a protocol by a name (eg Roissy protocol) than refer to "protocol". Different protocols are conveniently defined and compared by writing a protocol schema - a systematic description of the Classes, Dress and symbols, Speech rules, and Deportment involved.

High Protocol

The phrase "High Protocol" is frequently used in D/s and M/s, but has no universal meaning. Most high protocols for submissives do share some common features, including:

The fictional protocol in force at Roissy in the "Story of O" is a classic example of a detailed high protocol.

High Protocol in front of people who are not members of the dominant's immediate household may also have some of the features of a performance. This is felt by Rene in the "Story of O":

O felt him watch her the way an animal-trainer keeps an eye on the animal he has trained, watchful to see that the animal, upon whose performance his honour is at stake, performs well

See also

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

Possession. Ownership. Consent. Responsibility. Respect. House. Service. Dignity. Authenticity. Rituals.

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