"This debate shows how much damage can be done by the Internet. A Top is not a Dominant, a Dominant is not a Top. A bottom is not a submissive, a submissive is not a bottom.
It is like saying larger is a real ale and real ale is a larger. Or for no drinkers, tea is coffee and coffee is tea.
Before the Internet and still true today, in my view, a Top gives Anal. A bottom receives Anal.
Where as a Dominate controls the experiences and/or the discomfort a submissive endures. A Dominate is responsible for the safety of the submissive. A submissive aims to please the Dominant which could involve receiving Anal or giving Anal. Like wise the Dominate could receive Anal or give Anal.
The terms Dominate and submissive are not exclusively reserved for the male/male sexual arena but for All genders and sexual preferences. While Top and bottom apply mainly to male/male sexual activities. "