Male domination, Maledom, or male dominance generally refers to heterosexual BDSM activities where the dominant partner is male, and the submissive partner is female. However, the term is sometimes used to refer to homosexual BDSM activities, where both partners are male.
Compare with female domination, also known as femdom.
Maledom scenarios are often critiqued by feminists because the imposition of the male as the dominant figure can be seen as implying the inferiority of females, although few feminists seem concerned about equivalent impositions in femdom fiction or practice. The objection is questionable, as an urge to submit can be quite strong in females who have no pathological personal background, nor any particularly identifiable psyschological pathology, only an interest in having a relationship with a dominant man.
- Marlene Dietrich
- "To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long."