sexual masochism

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A paraphilia characterized by recurrent, intense sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviour involving submission to pain, humiliation, bondage, or some other form of physical or psychological suffering. Also called simply masochism, a term introduced by the German neurologist and sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840–1902) in his book Psychopathia Sexualis (1886). See also fusion of instincts, hypoxyphilia. Compare sexual sadism. [Named after the Austrian historian and novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836–95) who wrote about it, notably in his novel Venus in Pelz (1870), translated into English as Venus in Furs (1902), in which the heroine Wanda subjects the narrator to sexually stimulating suffering]

Subjects: Psychology.

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