Erotic humiliation is consensual psychological humiliation in order to produce erotic excitement or sexual arousal.
This can be for the person being humiliated and demeaned or for the person humiliating, or for some spectator.
It may be part of BDSM and other sexual roleplay or accompanied by the sexual stimulation of one or both partners in the activity.
It does not need to be sexual in nature; as with many other sexual activities, it is the feelings that are obtained from the experience that are desired, regardless of the nature of the actual activity.
Usually there is a feeling of submission for the person being humiliated, and dominance, for the person implementing the humiliation.
Erotic humiliation can be done verbally and/or physically, and can take place privately or publicly.
Some individuals assume an acting role and others prefer to be spoken to in a degrading way.
A classic technique that can be used to put the submissive into a bottom mind space is to humiliate them while also providing them with sexual stimulation.
Select individuals who desire this form of humiliation also use it to acquire emotional release.
Humiliation can become ritualized, and unlike some sexual variations it can also be easily carried out over a long distance (such as online).
While fantasy and fascination with erotic humiliation is a prevalent part of BDSM and other sexual roleplay, relatively little has been written on it.
Humiliation play can, however, be taken to a point where it becomes emotionally or psychologically distressing to one or the other partner, especially if it is public humiliation.
Erotic humiliation can become extreme enough to be considered a form of edgeplay, which some consider may best be approached with advance negotiation and use of a safeword.
The most common name for the individual being humiliated is the bottom, and the opposite individual who humiliates the bottom is often called the top.