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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

p. 72.) 

 

When we glance over the history of flagellation and realize that, though 

whipping as a punishment has been very widespread and common, there have 

been periods and lands showing no clear knowledge of any sexual 

association of whipping, it becomes clear that whipping is not necessarily 

an algolagnic manifestation. It seems evident that there must be special 

circumstances, and perhaps a congenital predisposition, to bring out 

definitely the relationship of flagellation to the sexual impulse. Thus, 

Loewenfeld considers that only about 1 per cent, of people can be sexually 

excited by flagellation of the buttocks,[112] and Naecke also is decidedly 

of opinion that there can be no sexual pleasure in flagellation without 

predisposition, which is rare.[113] On these grounds many are of opinion 

that physical chastisement, provided it is moderate, seldom applied, and 

only to children who are quite healthy and vigorous, need not be 

absolutely prohibited.[114] But, however rare and abnormal a sexual 

response to actual flagellation may be in adults, we shall see that the 

general sexual association of whipping in the minds of children, and 

frequently of their elders, is by; no means rare and scarcely abnormal. 

 

What is the cause of the connection between sexual emotion and whipping? A 

very simple physical cause has been believed by some to account fully for 

the phenomena. It is known that strong stimulation of the gluteal region 

may, especially under predisposing conditions, produce or heighten sexual 

excitement, by virtue of the fact that both regions are supplied by 

branches of the same nerve. 

 

There is another reason why whipping should exert a sexual influence. As 

Fere especially has pointed out, in moderate amount it has a tonic effect, 

and as such has a general beneficial result in stimulating the whole body. 

This fact was, indeed, recognized by the classic physicians, and Galen 

regarded flagellation as a tonic.[115] Thus, not only must it be said that 

whipping, when applied to the gluteal region, has a direct influence in 

stimulating the sexual organs, but its general tonic influence must 

naturally extend to the sexual system. 

 

It is possible that we must take into account here a biological 

factor, such as we have found involved in other forms of sadism 

and masochism. In this connection a lady writes to me: "With 

regard to the theory which connects the desire for whipping with 

the way in which animals make love, where blows or pressure on 

the hindquarters are almost a necessary preliminary to pleasure, 

have you ever noticed the way in which stags behave? Their does 

seem as timid as the males are excitable, and the blows inflicted 

on them by the horns of their mates to reduce them to submission 

must be, I should think, an exact equivalent to being beaten with 

a stick." 

 

It is remarkable that in some cases the whip would even appear to 

have a psychic influence in producing sexual excitement in 

animals accustomed to its application as a stimulant to action. 

Thus, Professor Cornevin, of Lyons, describes the case of a 

Hungarian stallion, otherwise quite potent, in whom erection 

could only be produced in the presence of a mare in heat when a 

whip was cracked near him, and occasionally applied gently to his 

legs. (Cornevin, _Archives d'Anthropologie Criminelle_, January, 

1896.) 

 

Here, undoubtedly, we have a definite anatomical and physiological 

relationship which often serves as a starting-point for the turning of the 

sexual feelings in this direction, and will sometimes support the 

perversion when it has otherwise arisen. But this relationship, even if we 

regard it as a fairly frequent channel by which sexual emotion is aroused, 

will not suffice to account for most, or even many, of the cases in which 

whipping exerts a sexual fascination. In many, if not most, cases it is 


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