Race play is when a dominant and submissive take part in BDSM play that involves role play with race. People take on roles of power and submission of different races to create a power dynamic that is historically or contemporarily accurate. For example, a scene of race play could be an African-American woman role-playing the role of a slave with a White dominant. Another example is a White woman and an Asian American man taking on the roles of colonial Indochina. The important thing to remember is the real historical disparities in power that people really suffered. The BDSM scene is not exempt from racial politics. There are many who may be uncomfortable and offended by taking part in race play due to the real suffering that many of their ancestors or family have experienced. However, there are others who enjoy race play and look at it as a form of sexual stimulation. Race play is a form of BDSM where partners take on the dominant and submissive roles that are historically and contemporarily relevant to their race.
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But being called a nigger by a white person during sex was a very new experience. And there I was, hunched over, sweating, mildly intoxicated and confused. I felt objectified, literally. Calling black people nigger is avant-garde now?
It can be enacted in various tropey forms: a black servant being denigrated by a bitchy white woman. A Latino man being tied up and called names by a white man. Race play is a subset of BDSM where the power imbalance in question is rooted in the races of the people participating. Typically this presents as people of color role playing as slaves with white people role playing as masters, or Jewish people playing prisoners, for example. Although the idea that someone on either end of the role play equation might derive sexual pleasure from such reenactments which their very own ancestors often endured in real life , is understandably confounding to many. But even in the fetish scene itself Master Dominic, a professional dominant and sexual education expert has given much thought to why people enjoy race play.