Our Definition

 a person who will engage in dominant and submissive behavior non-exclusively; can be used to refer to someone who feels an intrinsic need to perform both dominance and submission; can be used to refer to someone who typically identifies with one role but under certain circumstances performs the other.

Often confused with “Versatile, aka Verse” which is a sometimes overlapping, but separate concept. These terms both describe the center of a spectrum. Switches are open to variation of power exchange dynamic in the Dominance-Switch-Submissive spectrum, whereas Verses are willing to be the party either giving or receiving sensation in the Top-Verse-Bottom spectrum. 

Real Life Examples

Bertrandia is most naturally inclined towards submission, but she would be willing to be dominant in certain scenarios with certain people.

Ernaldo feels a need to perform both dominance and submission, so he needs to partner with compatible switches, or else play with multiple partners in order to get his needs met.

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common practices for switches include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Having a preference or natural inclination for either dominance or submission. 
  • Having no preference and enjoying both sides of power exchange equally. 
  • Not being very invested in power exchange and centering your identity around other factors.

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!