Master — or Mistress — and Slave

24/7 An always on, full-time master/slave relationship. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Master

  1. A male person having another living being so far subject to his will, that he can, in the main, control his or its actions; — formerly used with much more extensive application than now. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) In this sense the term includes employers, slave owners, sovereigns, princes, feudal nobles, chiefs, the heads of households, male teachers, the male heads of schools or colleges, and the master craftsman who articled apprentices in medieval Europe.
  2. One who uses, or controls at will, anything inanimate. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
  3. One who has attained great skill in the use or application of anything. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Applications that can be mastered include ken-jutsu, carpentry, leatherwork, and the use of bull whips.
  4. In the scene, a dominant who has absolute control over a slave.
  5. In the scene, a dominant who has achieved a high level of status and respect from his peers often because of his experience, knowledge, wisdom, and seniority. (See The Old Guard History, Origins and Traditions By Guy Baldwin, M.S. from The Ties That Bind)
  6. In the scene, the title a submissive addresses his or her dominant.
  7. In the scene, a man who has claimed the title of master — regardless of skill, seniority, merit, or competence.
Napoleon Bonaparte crowning himself Emperor of the Holly Roman Empire

The Historical Context for “Master”:

In Medieval Europe to become a master craftsman required spending many years learning a craft — such as metal work, masonry, or carpentry — under the guidance of and in the service of an established master craftsman, first as an unpaid apprentice and then as a paid journeyman. To establish one’s own business as a master craftsman, the journeyman would have to have a sample of his craft approved by a body of master craftsmen known as a craft guild. In short, the title was earned over the course of many years of hard work.

On Mastery: A Selection from the Hagakure

    One of the personal guards of the Shogun came to Tajima no kami one day wishing to be trained in ken-jutsu. The master said, “As I observe, you seem to be a master of the art yourself; pray tell me what ryu (school) you follow, before we enter into the relationship of teacher and student.”
    The guard said, “I am ashamed to confess I have never learned the art.”
    “Are you trying to fool me? I am a teacher of the Shogun himself, and I know my judging eye never fails.”
    “I am sorry to defy your honor, but I really know nothing.”
    The denial on the part of the visitor made the swordmaster think for a while. “If you say you do not, then it must be so; but still I am sure you are a master of something, though I do not know what.”
    “If you insist, I will tell you this. There is one thing of which I can say I am complete master. When I was a boy, the thought came upon me that as a samurai I ought, in no circumstance, to be afraid of death. After many years this problem has ceased to worry me.”
    “Exactly!” shouted Tajima no kami. “This is what I mean. I am glad I made no mistake in my judgment. For the ultimate secrets of swordsmanship also lie in being released from the thoughts of death. You need no technical training. You are already a master.”
— Yamamoto Tsunetomo
translated by George R. Parulski, Jr.


  1. A woman who has power, authority, or ownership: as a : the female head of a household b : a woman who employs or supervises servants (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
  2. The female lover, usually illicit, of a man, who is often wealthy and married. A mistress is rarely afforded the same degree of respect from society that is given to a married woman.
  3. In the scene, the female equivalent of a master. Many dommes do not like to be referred as a “Mistress” because of the connotations from the second definition


  1. In the larger world, “a person held in servitude as the chattel of another” or “one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence.”  (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
  2. In the scene, someone who has freely and completely relinquished all freedom to a specific person or persons in a structured relationship in order to satisfy their need to serve another. Some consider it is fantasy role playing.  Others are quite ouspoken in their belief that it is real. (Slave is often written in all lower case.)
  3. In The Leatherman’s Handbook, Larry Townsend defines a slave as “a man who’s need for total mastery over him leads him to enter into a state of voluntary servitude.” In Ask Larry, Mr. Townsend adds “a slave obeys his master, even when he doesn’t want to obey” (p. 254) and “a real slave is just that: the complete and unquestioned property of his Master. So long as you maintain that you are a slave, you have no recourse. Your Master’s word is law!” (p. 259) [But I need to also point out that Mr. Townsend doesn’t believe that the Master doesn’t have his own obligations. In Ask Larry, he writes “If you accept a slave and make him subservient to your control, you must assume responsibility for his well-being.” (p. 301)]

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