Stoplight System

Our Definition

a popular and widely recognized set of safe words that follow the convention of traffic lights, with green meaning “go” yellow meaning “caution” and red meaning “stop” 

Real Life Examples

Juniper uses the stop light system with new or casual partners rather than coming up with unique ones. 

Vick prefers the stoplight system to other safewords because they find it simple enough to remember in the moment. 

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices involving the stoplight system include, but certainly aren't limited to:

  • Use as a sort of default, especially with new play partners. 
  • Wide recognition amongst members of the BDSM community.
  • Using a modified version, as suits one’s needs. 

Got a beef with our definition?

Of course we don't speak for everyone! If you feel we are missing additional info, context, facts, history, or data, please email us and let us know!

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