The abbreviation expands to include erotic terms such as Bondage and Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism when defined simply. Basic degrading sexual manipulation (BDSM) refers to degrading role-play, sadistic punishment and submission as erotic pleasures. The goal is to discover the naughty pleasure lurking beneath the gruesome reality of mutilation or moral depravity. BDSM is primarily a foreplay erotic tactic, but it can be used in a variety of situations.