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02 December 2010 :: 18:12:24 pm 47032

The Powerful Pleasure of Sadomasochism or Not?

Sadists are those who enjoy inflicting pain on others (domination), while a masochist enjoys receiving pain (submissive), both in a sexual or non sexual way.
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Everything from love bites to murder have been included under the heading of “sadomasochism”, with people who practice “sadomasochism” coming from every walk of life, with very different careers and little else in common.

Little is known as to why individuals take pleasure in giving and receiving pain, to be bound and gagged while being humiliated and dominated or to receive severe pain or inflict it on another. Whatever the reason, the common factor in this bazaar perversion is the desire to inflict pain and some form of suffering in an erotic manner on the sexual object and its reverse.

Sadomasochism has the longest history of recognized sexual perversion with history showing numerous studies of corporal punishment, whether as a sexual diversity or pornography in the name of science dating back from the eighteenth century.

It has been long known that flagellation arouses sexual desires by the stimulation of nerves in the areas around the genitals and was used in brothels to arouse the desires of the impotent. The level, in which pain is experienced, is raised by sexual arousal and so mild pain inflicted such as biting, slapping and pinching may enhance the intensity.

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing was one of the most influential figures in the history of human sexuality and the first scientist to have undertaken a major study of sexual perversity in its varied forms.

Von Krafft-Ebing chose psychiatry as his specialized field, later becoming a professor and crusading for reform of the mental health facilities and therapy of mentally ill rather than indefinite incarceration. He studied the sexual side of the many manifestations of psychopathic illnesses.

At the time of his death, his last book contained case histories on 238 case studies categorizing a wide array of sexual psychopathologies from impotence to necrophilia and fetishism to murders.

Writings from the French Marquis de Sade and the Austrian Leopold von Sacher-Masoch describing sexualized forms of cruelty and infliction of suffering emerged before the publication of Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s first book in 1886 in which he claimed that the perversions described in their novels were then unknown to science although he was able to cite a large number of cases, pointing out the extremes of suffering resulting in injuries and sometimes death. Even today, there have been records of deaths resulting from sexual activities gone wrong.

Sexual dominance has been associated with success, while submissiveness is seen as feminine attributes and although many people male or female enjoy sexual dominance either in the form of giving or receiving pain, sadism and masochism may be viewed by society as unhealthy and dangerous. However, only a minority of individuals ever look for sadomasochistic partners with men having many opportunities to gratify impulses of sadism and dominance, bondage and submission, through prostitutes who often advertise their services which is a commonly sought after speciality and involves bondage of the customer either with rope or shackles, being whipped, walked on in stiletto footwear, pinching of the genitals or pinning them with clips. These are but a few of the punishments available with many more severe and painful choices on offer. The choice is endless.

Reasons given as to why a sadomasochist finds the practice enjoyable, depends on the individual. For some, it acts as a therapeutic stress reliever, and an escape from responsibility and reality, while for others power and control may give them feelings of protection, safety and satisfaction knowing they are in control of the situation and can end it whenever they are ready.

The act of sadomasochism only becomes a problem if one or the other become unhappy at the scenario or the situation gets out of hand.  Behaviours during sex such as love biting, tickling and light spanking are thought of as rough sex by most, but these also contain elements of sadomasochism.

In the event of an accident or death, issues of ‘consent’ may not be accepted as a defence to criminal charges.

It has been suggested that childhood experiences have been linked to sexual preferences in later life and so came protests against corporal punishment of children

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Lifestyle

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