Switch (BDSM)

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This article is about the aspect of sexuality. For the spanking implement see Switch (implement).

A switch is a person who enjoys acting both the giving and receiving roles of a BDSM or spanking scene -- a person who functions as both a top and a bottom, or as both a spanker and a spankee, though of course not at the same time.

The act of changing the role from top to bottom, or vice versa, is called to switch (roles).

In most cases, a switch will stick to a single role within a given scene, although another scene with roles reversed, or with a different partner and the switch in the opposite role, may follow shortly afterwards. In some cases, a switch will stick to a given role with a particular partner, and only switch roles by changing partners. In other cases, two partners may exchange roles from time to time.

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