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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

sadism toward animals, has been dealt with by P. Thomas, "Le 

Sadisme sur les Animaux," _Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, 

Sept., 1903. Auto-sadism, or "auto-erotic cruelty," that is to 

say, injuries inflicted on a person by himself with a sexual 

motive, has been investigated by G. Bach (_Sexuelle Verrirungen 

des Menschen und der Nature_, p. 427); this condition seems, 

however, a form of algolagnia more masochistic than sadistic in 

character. 

 

With regard to the medico-legal aspects, Kiernan ("Responsibility 

in Active Algophily," _Medicine_, April, 1903) sets forth the 

reasons in favor of the full and complete responsibility of 

sadists, and Harold Moyer comes to the same conclusion ("Is 

Sexual Perversion Insanity?" _Alienist and Neurologist_, May, 

1907). See also Thoinot's _Medico-legal Aspects of Moral 

Offenses_ (edited by Weysse, 1911), ch. xviii. While we are 

probably justified in considering the sadist as morally not 

insane in the technical sense, we must remember that he is, for 

the most part, highly abnormal from the outset. As Gaupp points 

out (_Sexual-Probleme_, Oct., 1909, p. 797), we cannot measure 

the influences which create the sadist and we must not therefore 

attempt to "punish" him, but we are bound to place him in a 

position where he will not injure society. 

 

It is enough here to emphasize the fact that there is no solution of 

continuity in the links that bind the absolutely normal manifestations of 

sex with the most extreme violations of all human law. This is so true 

that in saying that these manifestations are violations of all human law 

we cannot go on to add, what would seem fairly obvious, that they are 

violations also of all natural law. We have but to go sufficiently far 

back, or sufficiently far afield, in the various zooelogical series to find 

that manifestations which, from the human point of view, are in the 

extreme degree abnormally sadistic here become actually normal. Among very 

various species wounding and rending normally take place at or immediately 

after coitus; if we go back to the beginning of animal life in the 

protozoa sexual conjugation itself is sometimes found to present the 

similitude, if not the actuality, of the complete devouring of one 

organism by another. Over a very large part of nature, as it has been 

truly said, "but a thin veil divides love from death."[105] 

 

There is, indeed, on the whole, a point of difference. In that abnormal 

sadism which appears from time to time among civilized human beings it is 

nearly always the female who becomes the victim of the male. But in the 

normal sadism which occurs throughout a large part of nature it is nearly 

always the male who is the victim of the female. It is the male spider who 

impregnates the female at the risk of his life and sometimes perishes in 

the attempt; it is the male bee who, after intercourse with the queen, 

falls dead from that fatal embrace, leaving her to fling aside his 

entrails and calmly pursue her course.[106] If it may seem to some that 

the course of our inquiry leads us to contemplate with equanimity, as a 

natural phenomenon, a certain semblance of cruelty in man in his relations 

with woman, they may, if they will, reflect that this phenomenon is but a 

very slight counterpoise to that cruelty which has been naturally exerted 

by the female on the male long even before man began to be. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[83] Krafft-Ebing, _Psychopathia Sexualis_, English translation of tenth 

German edition, pp. 80, 209. It should be added that the object of the 

sadistic impulse is not necessarily a person of the opposite sex. 

 

[84] A. Moll, _Die Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, third edition, 1899, p. 

309. 

 

[85] Fere, _L'Instinct Sexuel_, p. 133. 

 

[86] P. Garnier, "Des Perversions Sexuelles," Thirteenth International 

Congress of Medicine, Section of Psychiatry, Paris, 1900. 


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