Our Definition

A written-out agreement between parties who are engaged in a power exchange dynamic. May be written after a period of negotiation, it could include expectations regarding structure, guidelines, rules, and/or boundaries within the dynamic. 

Real Life Examples

Bertilda and Ernelle drafted a contract together over the course of several weeks. It lays out the specific agreements and expectations of their dynamic. 

Euphemia wrote a 15 bullet point list of rules for her submissive to follow.

Floyd’s contract helps him make his personal limits and boundaries more clear to his partners. 

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common BDSM contract practices include, but certainly aren't limited to
  • Including titles or protocols
  • Listing rules and expectations 
  • Each party agreeing to uphold their end of the contract 

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While we can't promise every suggestion will make it, we'll always be working to keep this glossary thorough and inclusive!