Ladies, This Is What You Are Actually Doing When You Call Your Boyfriend ‘Daddy’

Thought Catalog

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For years the “daddy” dynamic in relationships has remained almost entirely a secret phenomena to those outside of the BDSM sphere.

And now women, in real life and on social media, have started calling their boyfriends, their husbands, “Daddy.” It’s suddenly a common thing. But what does it even mean? The answer is more complex than you might think.

In the world of BDSM, a male lover taking on a quasi-paternal role of nurturing caregiver and disciplinarian becomes the “daddy.” He indulges, edifies, and chastises his childlike female submissive partner, who is often both emotionally and financially dependent upon him.

Yes, this phenomenon began in BDSM. Are you surprised?

The partner to a “daddy” is a “little girl,” though this half of the relationship hasn’t received as much attention.

This kind of submissive enjoys being treated like a child by her lover, most commonly…

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