Illustration by Georges Topfer for "Le RĂªve d'un flagellant".

The status of a person is something similar to their rank in a hierarchy. A person with a higher status can have authority over a person with a lower status, but never the other way round.

Such statuses are usually not known by specific names or numbers. Instead, one can speak of "higher" and "lower" statuses relative to another, or one can speak of statuses that belong to (stereotypic) roles, such as:

For example, one can say that when a man spanks his wife OTK he reduces her to the status of a naughty little girl.