MASTER VS. DOM
We’ve all seen the titles on a screen name, or we’ve heard a sub or slave refer to a Dom as “Master”, but is their use of the word appropriate?
Dom is essentially short for Dominant, the female derivative of that title is Domme. Generally speaking, if you follow the real world traditions of this lifestyle, you’ll find that Master is a title bestowed upon a Male Dominant by His community.
Based on their recognized experience and achievements within the lifestyle, a community can bestow the title of “Master” to an individual Dom as a form of recognition and acknowledgement. Usually only those Dom’s that have spent many years in the lifestyle are considered for this honor.
Generally, the ratio of Masters to Doms in a community is fairly low. This title is not given lightly. Even rarer, and seen far less frequently is the title of “Grand Master”. This is awarded in a similar fashion to the title of Master, but only awarded to Masters within the community.
The title of Master or Grand Master is non-transferable. When awarded the title, by a community, it is only retained in that community.
Another use of the word Master is as an intimate title between a Dom and His submissive or slave. It is perfectly acceptable for a Dom to teach or permit His girl to refer to Him as Master. Just because His girl does this is no reason that others should also refer to Him as Master.