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Sexual perversion in which one derives pleasure from inflicting physical or mental cruelty upon another.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in medicine, a sexual perversion in which sexual satisfaction is achieved by causing the partner psychological (through degradation or humiliation) or physical suffering. It is named for the French writer the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), who in his novels described sexual crimes connected with acts of violence and cruelty. In the figurative sense, sadism is an abnormal passion for cruelty or taking pleasure in the sufferings of others.

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What is interesting for my project, however, is that Foucault does not mention the rise of the terms masochism and sadism, a puzzling omission given that the terms were invented and deployed in volume after volume of sexual tomes around the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
That Aubrey's lust for Dianthe is undoubtedly prompted by her debilitated condition is crucial, because it establishes the lethal link between erotic pleasure and sadism. In other words, her helplessness - her "invalid"ism - operates upon Aubrey as an aphrodisiac.
Our knowledge of sadism is relatively new-it is something we have only begun to get a grip on with the help of Freud, and philosophers like Sartre and Derrida, who have capitalized on Freud's work.
Deleuze convincingly argues that masochism and sadism as represented in the works of Sacher Masoch and Sade operate according to different economies of pleasure and pain.
Buckels believes studies like these are important to show how prevalent these personality types really are and can be used to redefine how we think of sadism.
Two studies led by psychological scientist Erin Buckels of the University of British Columbia revealed that people who score high on a measure of sadism seem to derive pleasure from behaviours that hurt others, and are even willing to expend extra effort to make someone else suffer.
He said: "In my judgement, there were acts of sadism. You tormented this young man.
I would defy even the most fanatical of pro-vivisectionists to defend this wanton sadism.
That may well be thanks to a slight touch of sadism in the national psyche.
No wonder today's youngsters indulge in knife crime when such films endorse violence and sadism as entertainment.
Bentley's on form, and the lowbudget sadism and gore are mildly entertaining.