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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

found that the idea of whipping asserts its sexual significance quite 

apart from any personal experience, even in persons who have never been 

whipped;[116] not seldom also in persons who have been whipped and who 

feel nothing but repugnance for the actual performance, attractive as it 

may be in imagination. 

 

It is evident that we have to seek the explanation of this phenomenon 

largely in psychic causes. Whipping, whether inflicted or suffered, tends 

to arouse, vaguely but massively, the very fundamental and primitive 

emotions of anger and fear, which, as we have seen, have always been 

associated with courtship, and it tends to arouse them at an age when the 

sexual emotions have not become clearly defined, and under circumstances 

which are likely to introduce sexual associations. From their earliest 

years children have been trained to fear whipping, even when not actually 

submitted to it, and an unjust punishment of this kind, whether inflicted 

on themselves or others, frequently arouses intense anger, nervous 

excitement, or terror in the sensitive minds of children.[117] Moreover, 

as has been pointed out to me by a lady who herself in early life was 

affected by the sexual associations of whipping, a child only sees the 

naked body of elder children when uncovered for whipping, and its sexual 

charm may in part be due to this cause. We further have to remark that the 

spectacle of suffering itself is, to some extent and under some 

circumstances, a stimulant of sexual emotion. It is evident that a number 

of factors contribute to surround whipping at a very early age with 

powerful emotional associations, and that these associations are of such a 

character that in predisposed subjects they are very easily led into a 

sexual channel.[118] Various lines of evidence support this conclusion. 

Thus, from several reliable quarters I learn that the sight of a boy being 

caned at school may produce sexual excitement in the boys who look on. The 

association of sexual emotion with whipping is, again, very liable to show 

itself in schoolmasters, and many cases have been recorded in which the 

flogging of boys, under the stress of this impulse, has been carried to 

extreme lengths. An early and eminent example is furnished by Udall, the 

humanist, at one time headmaster of Eton, who was noted for his habit of 

inflicting frequent corporal punishment for little or no cause, and who 

confessed to sexual practices with the boys under his care.[119] 

 

Sanitchenko has called attention to the case of a Russian functionary, a 

school inspector, who every day had some fifty pupils flogged in his 

presence, as evidence of a morbid pleasure in such scenes. Even when no 

sexual element can be distinctly traced, scenes of whipping sometimes 

exert a singular fascination on some persons of sensitive emotional 

temperament. A friend, a clergyman, who has read many novels tells me that 

he has been struck by the frequency with which novelists describe such 

scenes with much luxury of detail; his list includes novels by well-known 

religious writers of both sexes. In some of these cases there is reason to 

believe that the writers felt this sexual association of whipping. 

 

It is natural that an interest in whipping should be developed very early 

in childhood, and, indeed, it enters very frequently into the games of 

young children, and constitutes a much relished element of such games, 

more especially among girls. I know of many cases in which young girls 

between 6 and 12 years of age took great pleasure in games in which the 

chief point consisted in unfastening each other's drawers and smacking 

each other, and some of these girls, when they grew older, realized that 

there was an element of sexual enjoyment in their games. It has indeed, it 

seems, always been a child's game, and even an amusement of older persons, 

to play at smacking each other's nates. In _The Presbyter's Lash_ in 1661 

a young woman is represented as stating that she had done this as a child, 


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