Top 10 Signs He’s an Asshole, Not a Dominant

Top 10 Signs He's an Asshole, Not a Dominant

Top 10 Signs He's an Asshole, Not a Dominant

For all the single submissives out there looking for love, I get it. No really, I do. You yearn to submit to a Dominant, and it seems like finding the right one is nearly impossible. Many of you will take what you can get because you don't think you deserve better. Others don't seem to know the difference between genuine affection or interest and the assholes who are waiting in wings for you.

I often go on lengthy diatribes about what's okay and what isn't between a Dominant and a submissive. I also frequently go on rants because people are made to feel that normal, healthy desires or sexual activities can't have a place in BDSM. For anyone who doesn't have the time for all that, here's a handy-dandy list of what separates the Dominants from the assholes so you'll know one when you find them.

Note: This is directed at male Dominants for two reasons. One, that's my main experience, and two, I've never heard of Dommes pulling this kind of crap. If they do, share with me in the comments below so everyone can be aware.

  1. He demands you call him Sir or Master from the moment you meet. You're a submissive, not his submissive. I advocate being respectful until he gives you a reason not to be, but anyone who demands a title before it's earned needs to be ignored.
  2. He starts out an introduction with a dick pic. No Dominant is going to send you this without some sort of agreement between the two of you. It's just not going to happen.
  3. He sends you unsolicited instructions of how to please him or orders to obey. Did you talk about this list? Was there communication and consent? If not, this is just another poser.
  4. He ignores your hard limits. Don't just walk away from this loser, fucking run. Ignoring your clearly identified and communicated limits is the sign of an asshole and an abuser. A Dominant will push your limits, sure, but not without first talking to you - a lot.
  5. He disregards your safe word. Yes, some Dominants out there claim not to play with a safe word. I find that dicey but won't pass too much judgment. If you use a safe word, though, it should be respected. Ignoring this is just more abuse.
  6. He lies. I know some people will say that everyone lies. White lies to save face or feelings. Most Dominants I know are honest to a fault. Think about it. How can you communicate openly and honestly if you'll lie about things - big or small? John Brownstone doesn't lie; he simply refrains from speaking until the time is right to tell the truth. I can respect that.
  7. He thinks more about his pleasure than your own. Caveat: if you've negotiated a relationship where this is acceptable to both of you (yes, that's possible), that's okay. Not my kink, but okay. I'm referring to the jerk who gets off and then ignores you or doesn't listen when you tell him your preferences.
  8. He makes you feel bad about yourself. I'm not talking about a humiliation fetish in the middle of a scene or even as part of an on-going relationship. I'm talking about the soul-sucking, self-esteem shattering bullshit that makes you feel less than human and unworthy of love and affection. D/s should build both people up, not tear you down.
  9. He separates you from family and friends. Okay, let's be honest here. Some people are just bad for us. They make us feel bad and doubt our self worth. I don't mean those people. I'm talking about loving relationships with friends and family. A good Dominant wants a happy, healthy submissive - and isolating you from people who care about you won't achieve that. Frankly, it will simply show that he's selfish and, most likely, insecure.
  10. He tells you that you're not a "real" submissive because you have your own opinions. In a D/s relationship, how you express those opinions will vary based on your consensual, negotiated agreement but you should always have your own opinions. The other flavor that goes with this one is that you're not a real submissive because you're too independent, aggressive, or (best of all) not willing to do what you're told by someone you just met who claims to be a Dominant. (Insert big, fat eyeroll.)

Assuming you're online when these things occur (and it usually does), I also think you can be proactive in dealing with these men. First of all, you are under no obligation to reply to a message that includes anything you find offensive. If you tell them to stop or to leave you alone, you can and should ignore them. You don't have to continue following or being "friends" with these people online. The unfollow, unfriend, and block features are all there for a reason. Use them. If it crosses over to harassment, you should report them to whichever site you're on.

Once you're in a relationship, you must remember that you're free to end it. You are allowed to withdraw your consent. If he doesn't listen, he's no longer acting as a Dominant. Now he's an abuser. And he should be treated as such - even if that means getting the law involved. Your physical, emotional, and mental well-being truly are that important.

If someone does a couple of the things on this list, they might (but I doubt it) simply be too new to understand how D/s really works. I'd give them the benefit of the doubt, but I'd also move on and not engage with them. Let them learn the hard way - or end up alone, either way works for me. When you come across the guy who does most of these things, he's not a Dominant. He's an asshole. Don't waste your time or breath on him.


You are worth more than that, and you need to remember it and believe it.



About the author

Kayla Lords

I am an erotic author, sex blogger, podcaster, freelance writer, and an opinionated marketer. I'm also a masochistic babygirl submissive with an amazing and sadistic Daddy Dom. Welcome to my kinky corner of the internet!


  • Kayla love this. Believe me I have had those who demand I call them Sir/Master on line – no sorry don’t know you well enough yet.

    Telling me what to wear or not to wear when I am talking to them online – no sorry – although in my naivity have done this in the past but only when I have been “chatting” to them for a while – yes I know daft. (you can tell I’m English lol)

    Anyway thanks for the 10 simple rules.

    Sue xx

    • I think it’s easy to get drawn in to some of this, especially when you feel like you may have a rapport with someone, but many people forget that being submissive doesn’t mean being a doormat and someone doesn’t automatically gain control because they give themselves the title “Dom.” Glad you’ve learned from past mistakes – that’s really what matters. ((HUGS))

  • Wise, wise words! There’s so much bullshit out there. I really think subs need to use vanilla “boyfriend material” rules when seeking a Dom. Yes, you want the dynamic and kink, but yiu cqn’t just be in tgat 24/7. There really is so much more to life than forced orgasms and shibari. Is this someone you can introduce to your friends and family and then later they give you the thumbs up? Is this the guy that will allow you shine at your high school reunion? Is this someone you would simply just be friends with if you met him under different circumstances? Would he care for you if you had the flu? Would he read your all-time favorite book so he could relate to you better? I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Does he want the real you or just any submissive he can jerk off to on Skype while his wife is at the school bake sale?

  • Excellent. I think people believe many of these things are okay because the nature of D/s is transgressive. You still need stable people and stability and sanity even in the midst of transgressive play or lifestyle. I’m not using transgressive in a way to imply abnormal but in a way to say not mainstream (for the record).

    • I think so, too. Some people think anything is allowed in BDSM and D/s, even if they hate it or would never allow it in their vanilla life. Anything goes – if there’s consent, and only if there’s consent.

  • As a former submissive and current switch/Domme, I could write volumes on this. I’m glad you did. You could write the exact same things about potential male “submissives” or switches who mostly just want to top from the bottom. Their dominance dies hard, I guess. Just yesterday, I had a play partner “tell” me what to do to him, when and how to do it, and then refuse to reciprocate after I’d given him permission to cum. Even Dommes have to learn as we go. That sh** will NOT happen again.

    I’ll be honest with your readers. I let something happen called “D/s gravity”. I let so much setting and anticipatory play go on before setting rules and limits, that my libido was on overdrive when we finally met. All I wanted was to strip him naked and have my way with him – gravity in action. Then when he started pulling my hair, and biting me, my submissive side rolled out and begged for more. Since I hadn’t had sex in a while, it was a recipe for D/s fail.

    Live and learn 🙂

    • Live and learn, indeed.

      Clearly Dominants can be passionate and enjoy their own pleasure, but they also seem to have this ability to appear that they’re holding themselves apart from the situation. Not a Dom so I don’t know how they do it, or if it’s simply perception.

      On that other note, I think I could easily write a list of what not to do as a submissive. Male subs may do that (wow, to say the least) but many female subs I’ve seen will be the first to cry and shout if their Doms aren’t giving them every single thing they want – as if they’ve somehow forgotten this is a power exchange. Le sigh.

      Oh, and in other news, I was in a workshop the other night, and heard something interesting. In D/s (after consent/negotiation/etc.) the Dominant controls the scene, play, whatever and any attempt to guide or direct by the submissive is topping from the bottom. However (and here’s where my ears perked up), when it’s a top and bottom thing, it’s perfectly okay for a bottom to guide and direct based on what they like or prefer. Food for thought when you’re playing.

  • Kayla, This is Such a great post.

    There are too many women and men looking for the so called perfect Fifty shades experience/relationship.

    The problem is they are playing with fire.

    It’s a perfect disaster waiting to happen. These people are only finding perfect ASSHOLE’s. And the abuse we are hearing about is rising.
    I’m Re-posting now… 🙂

    • Thanks, Annie.

      Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that needs to be said…a lot, by multiple people. And even then, people will still find themselves the victims.

  • These guys mess it up for us real Dom’s. My current baby girl had a “Dom” like this, and a “daddy” that really messed her up. Most submissives, and especially littles are very sensitive and impressionable. Please don’t think these prices are what real Dom’s are all about!

  • A Very Good list, Congrats!

    I Would add this D/s relationship or in between, has to be based on Mutual Respect like any other relationship.

    There are a Lot of Jerks or plain Immature Douches who dont Respect Women and would gladly take advantage.

    When a relationship, even This type (even at times we are turned on by Humiliation and other stuff combined, Pleasure and Pain) Its Beautiful to me. If You have Respect for it and are Mature enough to handle” It

    It Can be mutual Beautiful experience.

    p.s You are lucky. If U have found Someone compatible. Whom you can Play with 🙂

  • In my time, I’ve found a few women that claimed to be Dommes that did fit a fair number of the criteria. The WORST offender had the habit of tricking people, especially other Doms and Dommes, into a blackmail situation and then forcing slavery on them. I helped her Domme slave out of her situation but was unable to help the Dom she had snared in that he was too wrapped up and too afraid of what she had on him. Honestly, with the exception of a couple that are specifically about D/s, I’ve met quite a few vanilla man and women that fit a lot of these and always thought that they were the bad half of an abusive relationship.

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