What is Damsel in Distress?
Damsel in Distress or DiD is a stereotype portraying a beautiful, innocent or helpless young woman that needs to be saved from a dire predicament. DiD is a popular theme in literature, television shows, movies, and video games. Damsel in Distress is also referred to as princess in jeopardy or persecuted maiden. It is a common theme in BDSM roleplaying as well.
The term Damsel is taken from the French word demoiselle, which means ‘young lady’. It is considered as an archaic term that is not commonly used in the English language except for aesthetic and theatrical effect. The phrase is said to have initially used in the 1962 poem “Sylvia’s Complaint of Her Sexes Unhappiness” by Richard Ames.
DiD fetishists often get aroused while watching or engaging in Damsel in Distress-themed role-plays. Scenarios may include but not limited to kidnap-and-rescue, a woman in bondage, woman sinking in quicksand and stranded teens picked up by a stranger. Different Damsel in Distress themes highlights the delicateness and weakness of women. For DiD fetishists, women are fragile creatures that always need help from men. This may give men a feeling of authority or dominance over women, which can induce arousal.
Practicality/Do’s and Don’ts
BDSM often include Damsel in Distress in their themes. Like all BDSM activities, all parties involved should give their consent and know the roles they are playing. Extreme Damsel in Distress scenarios may include humiliation, molestation, forced sex, bondage, gangbang and chikan. In this kind of role-playing, the submissive should have a safety word or action that will immediately end the activity.
Damsel in Distress scenes often involves a form of predicament bondage wherein the submissive needs rescuing. This can be done in a dungeon scenario or simply acted out in a home. The risks involved in DiD roleplay depend largely on the kind of BDSM play that is also used in the scene.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Damsel in Distress scenes often involves pedal pumping, bondage, power exchange, and some sort of punishment or reward dynamic. Predicament bondage is often part of DiD where the submissive needs to resist additional pain and the Dom can then save her as a reward.
External Links and References
Damsel in Distress: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damsel_in_distress