A Master/slave relationship is a long-term BDSM relationship in which the parties negotiate their consent to their roles of dominant and submissive which the expectation that the relationship will be a lasting one, although the details may change over time.
In common BDSM relationships the submissive only submits occasionally and with definite short-term goals, perhaps for an evening or for the duration of a party.
In longer, committed relationships many people opt for the Master/slave model, in which consent is negotiated once for a long period and the consent given is generally broader. Some people opt to be purely "sex slaves", while others who prefer domestic service identify as "service slaves". Some slaves allow their Masters or Mistresses complete latitude as to the demands that can be placed on them. Such a relationship is known as "Total Power Exchange" or TPE, where the slave has given all control to the dominant partner, whether with or without a contract. Whereas in other forms of a Dominant/submissive relationship, the submissive tends to have more "rights", and be able to use their safeword to stop a scene, a slave may not have that luxury.
A Master/slave TPE relationship can be one of the most difficult relationships in the BDSM world to maintain, and requires special skills and experience, on both the Master's and slave's parts.
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