8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Superb Analysis Of The Impulse To Pain In Erotic Fantasies,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History (Paperback)
The Marquis de Sade may well be more famous for misattributions of the terms `sadism' and `sadomasochism' than for what he actually wrote and thought. For many people who routinely involve an element of pain and/or humiliation in their erotic practices and fantasies, the bloody antics in Sade's works are simply nauseating. Angela Carter here provides a much needed context for these works, showing that Sade's view of the world was surprisingly egalitarian for his times, highlighting the gross inequities of class as well as gender. This is a scholarly book, containing much food for thought and contemplation. It provides a secure foundation stone for true feminism, in the sense of seeking true equality of humanity, and not simply a trivial glossy equality with overtones of revenge. Angela Carter was one of the most impressive writers of novels in the last century, and this deeply thinking work impressed me by its insight into what constitutes true equality. This book should interest anyone seeking enlightenment into the psychology that underlies so-called sadomasochistic activities, and indeed also the need for pain, inflicting or inflicted, in many common fantasies.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 5 Feb 2010 16:59:20 GMT
There are factual errors in this review. 'Sadism' is a term invented by German sexologist Krafft-Ebing more than a century after Sade's death, taking, in fact, Sade's name as its root. The acronymic term, 'masochism' was crafted by the German in the same work. Sade cannot have misappropriated a term coined long after his death.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2010 08:54:40 BDT
Annie Fur Lactic says:
-This is true. Leopold von Sacher Masoch was Krafft-Ebing's reference for the term masochism also, from Sacher Masoch's novella "Venus in Furs". For more information on this read "Psychopathia Sexualis".
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2010 11:00:16 BDT
I cannot see what factual errors in my review are referred to here. I simply averred that 'sadism' and 'sadomasochism' are all too frequently used erroneously - today, post Krafft-Ebing! What the good Marquis is famous for - today - is barely relevant to what contribution he felt he was making before Krafft-Ebing gave his interpretation. 'Masochism' (which is, incidentally, no more an 'acronym' than is 'sadism') was similarly not something that Leopold von Sacher-Masoch would have recognised.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2010 11:02:58 BDT
My response to Lucretira12's comment applied equally well here. I have no problem with the factual content of either comment, just puzzlement at how my review may have been perceived as erroneous.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›