Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Fetishism: deSade, von Sacher-Masoch, Freud and von Krafft-Ebing

The Marquis De Sade (1740-1814) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895) have both given their names to forms of eroticism in which pleasure and pain, voluptuousness and suffering are closely allied. De Sade took pleasure in the pain he inflicted whereas von Sacher-Masoch attained the same ends, by the pain he endured.

Freud thought within each of us there is both the sadist and masochist and these character traits for most, lay latent and repressed. Forms of sadism run the gambit from the fairly common carefully controlled play-acting with a willing partner, to the very rare aggressive behaviours that may include falanga, rape or even murder.

In the former mild pain may result from such acts as tickling and biting Likewise masochism can range from mild to extreme. High heel, bondage at one end of the spectrum to genuinely painful activities such as: whippings, semi strangulation, being trampled and self mutilation.

Richard von Krafft-Ebing considered the majority of shoe fetishists were masochists where the male is physically damaged by the women's high heel shoe. All this interest occurred at a time when the camera was invented which would herald the beginning of modern pornography. The growth of foot fetishism also mirrors the sexploitation of children and possibly for similar reasons. Although sexploitation of children has been with the human race since the beginning of time, fear of contracting a sexually transmitted disease may account for interests in virgins.

A patriarchal society totally devoted to wealth and the fear of bastard claims on material possessions further promoted interest in purity and chastity.

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