The term “Master” can be gender-independent but is mostly used only in reference to males. The female equivalent is “Mistress” or possibly dominatrix.
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Someone who is “topping” may be doing so at the request, or even the direction, of a bottom partner; in this case, the bottom is the dominant partner.
A top who acts within this kind of relationship dynamic is sometimes called a service top.
A Dom is a partner who takes the role of giver or controller in such acts as bondage, discipline, humiliation, or servitude. Many Doms incorporate all aspects of being a Top but this is not universal.
While a Dom will take care of his sub, he will be giving orders or otherwise employ physical or psychological techniques of control.
While it is possible that a dominant would not act as a top and thus have no expression of his or her control through kink- or fetish-based activities, it may be argued that such a relationship, lacking any erotic aspect to the exercise of control, would fall outside of the BDSM context.
Tops or dominants who also assume a bottom or submissive role are referred to as switches.
Because it is an honorific of the dominant form it is usual for it to be written with a capital letter.