For example, being spanked is primarily valued because of the belittlement involved.
Humiliation therefore encompasses a range of paraphilia, including foot fetish, breast fetish, shoe fetish, body worship, spanking, bondage, and most BDSM styles.
While fantasy and fascination with erotic humiliation is a prevalent part of BDSM and other sexual roleplay, relatively little has been written on it.
Humiliation play can, however, be taken to a point where it becomes emotionally or psychologically distressing to one or the other partner, especially if it is public humiliation.
A classic technique that can be used to put the submissive into a bottom mind space is to humiliate them while also providing them with sexual stimulation.
The recipient does not necessarily seek to be ordered about.
Humiliation comes into its own as a sexual force when the recipient seeks the humiliation over and above means.
As with other types of dominant-submissive play, it is the submissive who is in control; the submissive sets the limits, because the submissive is free to leave if his or her demands are not met.
Erotic humiliation can be done verbally, physically, or both, and can be either private or public.
It may be part of BDSM and other sexual roleplay, or accompanied by the sexual stimulation of the genitals (or other erotic region) of one or both parties in the activity.