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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

III. 

 

Flagellation as a Typical Illustration of Algolagnia--Causes of Connection 

between Sexual Emotion and Whipping--Physical Causes--Psychic Causes 

probably more Important--The Varied Emotional Associations of 

Whipping--Its Wide Prevalence. 

 

 

The whole problem of love and pain, in its complementary sadistic and 

masochistic aspects, is presented to us in connection with the pleasure 

sometimes experienced in whipping, or in being whipped, or in witnessing 

or thinking about scenes of whipping. The association of sexual emotion 

with bloodshed is so extreme a perversion, it so swiftly sinks to phases 

that are obviously cruel, repulsive, and monstrous in an extreme degree, 

that it is necessarily rare, and those who are afflicted by it are often 

more or less imbecile. With whipping it is otherwise. Whipping has always 

been a recognized religious penance; it is still regarded as a beneficial 

and harmless method of chastisement; there is nothing necessarily cruel, 

repulsive, or monstrous in the idea or the reality of whipping, and it is 

perfectly easy and natural for an interest in the subject to arise in an 

innocent and even normal child, and thus to furnish a germ around which, 

temporarily at all events, sexual ideas may crystallize. For these reasons 

the connection between love and pain may be more clearly brought out in 

connection with whipping than with blood. 

 

There is, by no means, any necessary connection between flagellation and 

the sexual emotions. If there were, this form of penance would not have 

been so long approved or at all events tolerated by the Church.[107] 

 

As a matter of fact, indeed, it was not always approved or even tolerated. 

Pope Adrian IV in the eighth century forbade priests to beat their 

penitents, and at the time of the epidemic of flagellation in the 

thirteenth century, which was highly approved by many holy men, the abuses 

were yet so frequent that Clement VI issued a bull against these 

processions. All such papal prohibitions remained without effect. The 

association of religious flagellation with perverted sexual motives is 

shown by its condemnation in later ages by the Inquisition, which was 

accustomed to prosecute the priests who, in prescribing flagellation as a 

penance, exerted it personally, or caused it to be inflicted on the 

stripped penitent in his presence, or made a woman penitent discipline 

him, such offences being regarded as forms of "solicitation."[108] There 

seems even to be some reason to suppose that the religious flagellation 

mania which was so prevalent in the later Middle Ages, when processions of 

penitents, male and female, eagerly flogged themselves and each other, may 

have had something to do with the discovery of erotic flagellation,[109] 

which, at all events in Europe, seems scarcely to have been known before 

the sixteenth century. It must, in any case, have assisted to create a 

predisposition. The introduction of flagellation as a definitely 

recognized sexual stimulant is by Eulenburg, in his interesting book, 

_Sadismus und Masochismus_, attributed to the Arabian physicians. It would 

appear to have been by the advice of an Arabian physician that the Duchess 

Leonora Gonzaga, of Mantua, was whipped by her mother to aid her in 

responding more warmly to her husband's embraces and to conceive. 

 

Whatever the precise origin of sexual flagellation in Europe, there can be 

no doubt that it soon became extremely common, and so it remains at the 

present day. Those who possess a special knowledge of such matters declare 

that sexual flagellation is the most frequent of all sexual perversions 

in England.[110] This belief is, I know, shared by many people both inside 

and outside England. However this may be, the tendency is certainly 

common. I doubt if it is any or at all less common in Germany, judging by 

the large number of books on the subject of flagellation which have been 

published in German. In a catalogue of "interesting books" on this and 


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