Glossary


Alpha: A prefix denoting the dominant animal in a social unit. Often, it’s employed to describe a dominant male (alpha male), though it’s sometimes used to describe a dominant female (alpha female).
Beta: A prefix denoting a submissive animal in a social unit. This is almost always applied to males in a dominance hierarchy to describe those who have not achieved enough status and/or competency to be primary benefactors of resources and mates.
BDSM: An abbreviation for Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism, serving as an umbrella term representing the entire gamut of alternative lifestyle practices and/or behaviors related to fetish, kink, and wide variances of dominance and submission.
Bitch: An alternative name (degrading) for a woman or girl, deriving from the Old English bicce (female dog). “A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman, even more provoking than that of whore.” —Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811
Bondage: 1. A state of some form of servitude. 2. A term used to describe the practice of erotic capture using restraints and corporeal punishment.
Chromosome: Any of several threadlike organic-based bodies consisting of chromatin that carry genes in a linear order. Each chromosome is made up of DNA tightly coiled many times around proteins called histones that support its structure. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes (46 total). One set is contributed by the male parent and the other by the female parent. One of these 23 pairs are sex chromosomes that differ depending upon whether the individual is male or female (XY for male or XX for female).
Conditioning: A term from behaviorism that describes processes and methods by which behaviors may be augmented or modified. All forms of obedience training inevitably engage in some form of conditioning, where behaviors, perceptions, feelings, or ideas are altered through a series of repeated regimens, reinforcements, and cognitive influences.
D/s: Shorthand for Dominance and submission, describing a relationship style or set of behaviors that involve the practice of dominance and submission (i.e. a D/s relationship). Dominance and submission covers a wide range of intensities, from heavily preconditioned submission to one in which there are little to no preconditions or constraints required by the submissive party (master and slave).
Degradation: The condition of being reduced in value or status (often through contempt, disrespect, or dominant acts) or the process of this conditioning.
Depersonalization: The act of removing recognition of human individuality and uniqueness, where the subject is treated as an object divested of the need to be respected as a relevant being.
Discipline: 1. A synonym for punishment or corrective obedience training. 2. A mental and/or physical regimen of patterned behavior that results in the optimization of specific behavioral characteristics and/or competencies.
Dominant: A state of exerting control, authority, or high influence. In the context of the Humbled Females way of life, it concerns the inter-relational disposition of the ideal male.
Dominance Hierarchy: A ranking system created by social animals in which access to food and mating opportunities is determined. Dominance hierarchies are seen throughout the animal world and are present in human beings via numerous systems and metrics of valuation.
Estrogen: Any of a number of steroid hormones that promote the development and maintenance of biologically female characteristics.
Evolutionary Psychology: A theoretical approach within psychology attempting to explain mental and psychological traits, such as instinctual drives and behavioral patterns, as products of adaptation and natural selection throughout the evolutionary process of the human species.
Female: Denoting the sex of a biological entity that bears offspring and/or produces eggs that can be fertilized by sperm of the male. The use of female in our community refers to a human female: a member of our species who bears an XX sex chromosome and produces female gametes (ova), and thus identifies as female.
Feminism: Officially, the doctrine advocating social, political, and economic equality between men and women. Comprehensively, a core sociopolitical thought model of the left-leaning political monolith that aggressively advocates for women’s interests and perceived inequities through cultural, educational, economic, political, and legal means, often employing victim and revenge politics to further its agendas.
Fetish: 1. A highly sexualized and patterned response that is linked to a particular stimuli, such as a specific object or body part.
Gender: A term devised to describe the socially conceptualized state of male and female, distinguished from the biological state of male and female. The idea of gender is distinct in that is focuses on the social conceptualization of men and women rather than the biological qualifications of males and females. Though there is nearly complete uniformity of overlap between the sexes and their gendered correlates, gender as a concept has gained considerable traction among transsexual and feminist scholars, who assert gender is fluid and needn’t be attached to sexual status.
Gorean: Related to the fantasy concepts, rituals, and practices created within the fictional world of the Gor fantasy novels by John Norman. The cultures within the books feature a rigid master and slave hierarchy based upon sex roles and an emphasis on ritual.
Harem: A group of females sharing a single male mate, or belonging to one man.
Humbled Female: A woman or girl who lives in a state of authentic humility and submissiveness, embracing the classic male and female archetypes in which the male holds greater authority and the female submits to and fervently serves the male. The humbled female is defined as adjective and verb: she is self-humbled through a voluntary state of mind and through the dominant acts of the male who keeps and/or cares for her. Ideally, her disposition is reinforced both internally and externally, necessitating awareness and acts to reify dominance of the male and submission of the female.
Illeism: The act of referring to oneself in the third person instead of first person. The purpose of Illeism is to eliminate/alter identity by removing focus of personal reference. A slave, for example, may be expected to avoid the use of words like “I” or “me” and instead say “this slave,” “this girl,” or “she” when speaking of herself.
Instinct: Innate behavior in an animal that doesn’t need to be learned, and is often activated through specific stimuli.
M/s: Shorthand for master and slave.
Male: Denoting the sex of a biological entity that produces male gametes (sperm). Generally, the use of male in our community refers to a human male: a member of our species who generally bears an XY sex chromosome and produces sperm.
Male Supremacy: The philosophy and/or practice of males having higher authority and power over females, often supported by a belief that it’s an intended design in nature. The historic fact of all civilizations being patriarchal is used, for example, as evidence to suggest that natural law favors male authority and the dominant male archetype.
Masochism: The act or quality of deriving sexual or non-sexual psychological pleasure through pain or other negatively associated stimuli, such as humiliation.
Master: The dominant party in a master and slave (M/s) relationship in which one or more slaves are kept. The master is distinguished from other types of dominant men in that he is in possession of a slave and his relationship with her is therefore one of master and slave, first and foremost. His power and authority in the relationship is recognized and practiced as absolute, where the only compromises, limits, conditions, and rights that exist for the slave are those he allows.
Matriarchy: A largely theoretical society ruled by females in which descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line.
Obedience: The state or act of compliance with a command or established set of rules.
Objectification: The act or process of reducing a person (usually female) into an object for sexual gratification without regard to her personality or dignity. The insistence of its negative psychological and social effects is a pillar of feminist theory and its critique of male sexuality, despite sexual objectification being practiced by both sexes upon females.
O/p: Shorthand for owner and property, another way of describing master and slave.
Patriarchy: A male-dominated society in which descent and relationship is reckoned through the male line. All major civilizations have been male-dominated and thus patriarchal. While societies in modernity have afforded social, economic, and political equality for females, the overall design and underlying structure of civilization remains patriarchal.
Pet: A term used for a person (female) who is kept for companionship and pleasure. Animalistic overtones may apply in how she is perceived, from subtle to pronounced, where she may be provided with a pet name, caging, a collar, and other manifestations of a cherished domestic animal.
Post-modernism: A doctrine in which traditional measures of rationalism and logic are questioned and/or rejected as outdated modes of thinking from the Enlightenment. While employing a variety of approaches, postmodernism is typically defined by an attitude of skepticism, irony, or rejection toward the ideologies of modernism. Common targets of postmodernist critique include notions of objective reality, morality, truth, human nature, reason, language, and social progress. This movement is often closely related with left-leaning identity politics, like feminism and transgenderism.
Psychosexual: A state or criteria involving the psychological aspects of sexual psychology, instinct, and impulse.
Punishment: The state of being corrected through aversive stimuli, such as physical and emotional pain for misbehavior, or the process in which this is carried out.
Sadism: The feeling of sexual or non-sexual psychological pleasure and satisfaction from inflicting pain and suffering on others.
Sex: 1. Either of the two main categories into which humans and nearly all advanced forms of life are divided on the basis of reproduction. 2. The process of intercourse or the various behaviors and interactions physically related to this.
Sexism: Prejudice or generalizations based upon sexual identity.
Slave: A person (female) entirely under the domination of another, whom she recognizes wholly and absolutely as her master and serves without condition, limit, or right of veto.
Slut: A term (often intended as degrading) for  a sexually promiscuous female who engages in sexual acts with numerous people.
Submissive: 1. The quality of being ready to submit or conform to the dominance of others. 2. A submissive person (female) who consistently engages in servile acts and behaviors within a relationship.
Testosterone: The predominantly male group of hormones called androgens that promote the development of male features and behaviors.  The majority of testosterone is produced in the sex organs, with a small amount produced in the adrenal glands.