Dumb Domme wrote in http://dumbdomme.com/2012/11/bdsm-lexicon-entry-22-protocol.html
Protocol seems ritualistic to me and I’m not all that into ritual. The rules and requests I have are pretty practical
Rituals are often a hollow replacement of spontaneous interaction. I never get excited about arbitrary rituals, especially ones connected to religion. I do observe partners in bdsm relationships perform activities that seem ritualistic to me but they claim it is the habitual way they interact with each other. Is there a difference?