Erotic humiliation is consensual psychological humiliation in order to produce erotic excitement or sexual arousal.This can be for either or both the person being humiliated and demeaned or the person humiliating; it can also be for a spectator, including porn or Webcam viewers.Rather, it is semiotically charged by the shared attitude of the partners engaged in the act.
Humiliation is a subjective issue, and is dependent on context.
For example, a submissive may enjoy being insulted in some ways but be genuinely crushed and devastated if humiliated or insulted in other ways.
Humiliation play is also connected to sexual fetishism, in that non-sexual activities may become sexualised by association with arousal, and also may be associated with exhibitionism in the sense of wanting others to witness (or being aroused by others witnessing) one's sexual degradation.
Some humiliation roleplay (pup-play and age play in particular) is combined with loyalty and care-giving to the extent that these fetishes can be seen as exercises in trust rather than primarily a humiliation fetish.
The desire to be beneath the other partner during intercourse, the idea of "getting caught" (as in having sex in the garden or woods), and simulated rape are emotional games that emphasise status, vulnerability, and control.