Power Exchange: In-Scene Limited Control

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Power Exchange: In-Scene Limited Control

Power Exchange: In-Scene Limited Control

Our Definition

a type of dynamic where the submissive gives some, but not all, of their authority to their dominant partner(s) on a temporary basis as part of play.

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Power exchange in particular is very complex, which is why we outlined this and three other sometimes-overlapping specific types of power exchange. Common practices for in-scene limited control power exchange dynamics include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Overlap and/or fluctuation between different forms of power exchange
  • Communication of specific areas where the submissive party will maintain control. 
  • Communication about specific areas that the power-exchange covers. 
  • Each dynamic having its own expectations made to suit the people involved. (ie, some dominants may encourage suggestions from their submissive and others may expressly forbid suggestions.) 
  • Involving some degree of role-play 
  • Pre-established safe words 

Ted is submissive to their partner in-scene but retains control over when and if they will be penetrated.

Yolanda directs scenes for her partner, who is able to make suggestions or ask questions within their dynamic.

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Real Life Examples

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If you'd like to be quoted in our glossary, please email us a single paragraph describing the practices you'd like to share, along with whatever name you'd like to be credited with.
If your definition differs from ours, tell us how and why! We want to illustrate as many sides of kink as we can to both normalize kink and the diversity within it.

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