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    Sadism: a history of non-consensual sexual cruelty

    Bourke, Joanna (2020) Sadism: a history of non-consensual sexual cruelty. The International Journal of Forensic Psychotherapy 2 (1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 2632-0118.

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    Sadism is a concept that is applied to rape-torture and rape-murder as well as the pleasures of consensual sadomasochism. From the 1890s, forensic psychiatrist Richard Von Krafft-Ebing was responsible for popularizing the term. This article explores Krafft-Ebing’s understanding of the “degenerative” sadist and looks at how popular and psychiatric ideas changed over the century. Why did it quickly become a common term in society? Why was sadism regarded as a “perversion” of “normal” male sexuality? In forensic terms, one interesting thing about invention of sadism is why it needed to be coined in the first place. What was it about the sexual that necessitated a different category?


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Non-consensual sadism, Krafft-Ebing, heterosexuality, degeneration, history
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 15:30
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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