TPE - "May the Force be with you"
TPE - Total Power Exchange is a term for an extreme form
of a 24/7 D/s relationship.
A defintion of TPE from the book "Screw The Roses Give me the Thorns":
TPE is a combination of 24/7 and strong D/s aspects. The bottom is usually
treated as a valued possession of the top and the total submission is
expected from him/her. The term "sub" is often substituted by
the term "slave" to emphasize the difference. The care of the
top for his slave does not only include aspects of the role play but also
the safety, attention and support in all everyday situations. TPE relationships
are constructed on this asymmetric power structure which can pervade all
aspects (even money, property, decisions and job) of the relationship.
Slave contracts or visible signs like piercings, brandings or tattoos are often used as typical sign for the binding character of such a relationship.
One thing should be always kept in mind: TPE is not slavery and if the bottom feels uncomfortable they still have the right to ask for a "timeout" to discuss certain aspects or to ask for a dialog in a appropriate manner. A responsible top would also take care that one of the defined goals will be the autonomy of the bottom - at least concerning psychical and financial aspects. Hardly any relationship lasts forever and there is always a time after.
Some critics look at TPE with discomfort. The main argument is that a TPE relationship can not be consensual because it limits the rights of the bottom too much. In contrast to a D/s relationship the bottom can not exert necessary influence on everyday situations.
Is TPE the ultimate and only real form of a D/s relationship?
D/s is what every couple wants it to be and how they design it. There's
no real or right or wrong D/s relationship. If you and your partner decide
to live in a TPE relationship you will have to find your own way to form
and organize it, but always keep in mind:
Author: Ashtarot - 07.04.2001