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SEXUAL SADISM: Rape, Necrophilia, Cannibalism, Fetishism (2006) - Thomas R.O'Conner

Related: rape - sadism - forensics - necrophilia - cannibalism

The term sadism is derived from the name of a French author who lived from 1740 to 1814, Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade. Sadists dare to mix love with cruelty. The practice was recognized as a sexual perversion by Krafft-Ebing in 1898 consisting of strong impulses to coitus, coupled with prepatory acts of maltreatment, even murder (necrophilia, then called "lustmurder") which occurs primarily because of an inability to be satisfied with coitus. --Thomas R.O'Conner via http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/428/428lect13.htm [Jul 2005]

Sexual cannibalism in fiction

Related: cannibalism in fiction - biological horror

Given the absence of serious, solid research into cannibalism, it should come as no surprise that the subject of sexual cannibalism is likewise filled with myth, rumor, speculation, and in addition, fantasy. Writers and screenwriters have been fascinated by the occurrence of sexual cannibalism in nature. Movies like The Wasp Woman and The Fly have drawn parallels or blurred the lines between insect and human sexual behavior. The most commonly known sexual cannibal among insects is, of course, the spider, and the popular notion is that Black Widow behavior occurs in humans as well. Other than insects, the plant kingdom has also been involved in cross-species, and sometimes, inter-species dimensions of sexual cannibalism. Movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Little Shop of Horrors have fueled the popular imagination about the erotic properties of being engulfed or seduced by plants. Aquatic life, especially squid or any cephalopod (possessing tentacles), have also been implicated in cannibalistic sexual fantasy via a line of popular literature and pulp fiction traceable to writers such as Jules Verne (1828-1905) and H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). Themes, at least, about sexual cannibalism also show up in various cartoons, and they are a main element of adult erotic material as well as some Japanese animation. --Thomas R.O'Conner via http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/428/428lect13.htm [Nov 2006]

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