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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

II. 

 

The Definition of Sadism--De Sade--Masochism to some Extent 

Normal--Sacher-Masoch--No Real Line of Demarcation between Sadism and 

Masochism--Algolagnia includes both Groups of Manifestations--The 

Love-bite as a Bridge from Normal Phenomena to Algolagnia--The Fascination 

of Blood--The Most Extreme Perversions are Linked on to Normal Phenomena. 

 

 

We thus see that there are here two separate groups of feelings: one, in 

the masculine line, which delights in displaying force and often inflicts 

pain or the simulacrum of pain; the other, in the feminine line, which 

delights in submitting to that force, and even finds pleasure in a slight 

amount of pain, or the idea of pain, when associated with the experiences 

of love. We see, also, that these two groups of feelings are 

complementary. Within the limits consistent with normal and healthy life, 

what men are impelled to give women love to receive. So that we need not 

unduly deprecate the "cruelty" of men within these limits, nor unduly 

commiserate the women who are subjected to it. 

 

Such a conclusion, however, as we have also seen, only holds good within 

those normal limits which an attempt has here been made to determine. The 

phenomena we have been considering are strictly normal phenomena, having 

their basis in the conditions of tumescence and detumescence in animal and 

primitive human courtship. At one point, however, when discussing the 

phenomena of the love-bite, I referred to the facts which indicate how 

this purely normal manifestation yet insensibly passes over into the 

region of the morbid. It is an instance that enables us to realize how 

even the most terrible and repugnant sexual perversions are still 

demonstrably linked on to phenomena that are fundamentally normal. The 

love-bite may be said to give us the key to that perverse impulse which 

has been commonly called sadism. 

 

There is some difference of opinion as to how "sadism" may be best 

defined. Perhaps the simplest and most usual definition is that of 

Krafft-Ebing, as sexual emotion associated with the wish to inflict pain 

and use violence, or, as he elsewhere expresses it, "the impulse to cruel 

and violent treatment of the opposite sex, and the coloring of the idea of 

such acts with lustful feeling."[83] A more complete definition is that of 

Moll, who describes sadism as a condition in which "the sexual impulse 

consists in the tendency to strike, ill-use, and humiliate the beloved 

person."[84] This definition has the advantage of bringing in the element 

of moral pain. A further extension is made in Fere's definition as "the 

need of association of violence and cruelty with sexual enjoyment, such 

violence or cruelty not being necessarily exerted by the person himself 

who seeks sexual pleasure in this association."[85] Garnier's definition, 

while comprising all these points, further allows for the fact that a 

certain degree of sadism may be regarded as normal. "Pathological sadism," 

he states, "is an impulsive and obsessing sexual perversion characterized 

by a close connection between suffering inflicted or mentally represented 

and the sexual orgasm, without this necessary and sufficing condition 

frigidity usually remaining absolute."[86] It must be added that these 

definitions are very incomplete if by "sadism" we are to understand the 

special sexual perversions which are displayed in De Sade's novels. Iwan 

Bloch ("Eugen Duehren"), in the course of his book on De Sade, has 

attempted a definition strictly on this basis, and, as will be seen, it is 

necessary to make it very elaborate: "A connection, whether intentionally 

sought or offered by chance, of sexual excitement and sexual enjoyment 

with the real or only symbolic (ideal, illusionary) appearance of 

frightful and shocking events, destructive occurrences and practices, 

which threaten or destroy the life, health, and property of man and other 

living creatures, and threaten and interrupt the continuity of inanimate 


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