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sadomasochism

 [sa″do-mas´ah-kizm]
a state characterized by both sadistic and masochistic tendencies. adj., adj sadomasochis´�tic.

sa·do·mas·o·chism

(sā'dō-mas'ŏ-kizm, sad-o-),
A form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and/or humiliation in its received or active and/or dispensed and passive forms.
[sadism + masochism]

sadomasochism

/sa·do·ma·so·chism/ (sa″do-mas´o-kizm) a state characterized by both sadistic and masochistic tendencies.sadomasochis´tic

sadomasochism

(sā′dō-măs′ə-kĭz′əm, săd′ō-)
n.
The combination of sadism and masochism, in particular the deriving of pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting or submitting to physical or mental pain or suffering.

sa′do·mas′o·chist n.
sa′do·mas′o·chis′tic adj.

sadomasochism

[sā′dōmas′əkiz′əm]
Etymology: Marquis de Sade; Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian author, 1836-1895
a personality disorder characterized by traits of sadism and masochism. See also algolagnia, masochism, sadism.

sadomasochism

S/M Psychiatry A popular term for the coexistence of sadism and masochism either as 1 An integral part of sexuoeroticism. See Paraphilia, Sexual deviancy or 2 A component of a person's personality profile, where passive and submissive–masochistic attitudes coexist with aggressive and cruel–sadistic attitudes. See Passive-aggressive personality disorder.

sa·do·mas·o·chism

(sā'dō-mas'ŏ-kizm)
A form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and humiliation, both received and dispensed.
[sadism + masochism]

sadomasochism

A sexual deviation in which arousal is achieved by inflicting pain (SADISM) or by experiencing pain or abuse of various kinds (MASOCHISM).

Sade,

Donatien Alphonse François, Comte de, French soldier, writer, and libertine, 1740-1814.
sadism - a form of perversion in which a person finds pleasure in inflicting abuse and maltreatment.
sadist - one who practices sadism.
sadomasochism - a form of perversion marked by enjoyment of cruelty and/or humiliation in its received or active and/or dispensed and passive form.
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Unfortunately, sadomasochists still face prejudice on the job, in child custody cases, and even within gay/lesbian organizations.
For some sadomasochists, the basic roles--"top"/"bottom" or dominant/submissive--are flexible, but for others they make up a full-time lifestyle.
There's even a project now to raise funds for an S/M retirement home where sadomasochists can continue to live within their own community, free of discrimination.
Then there are the sadomasochists who don't identify with the leather culture at all and choose not to associate with it.
CLM: Leather has taken on a symbolic significance for sadomasochists, but not all S/M dykes wear leather, and not everyone wearing leather is into S/M.
There's a curiosity about sex that sadomasochists tend to have: some sensations are pleasurable, some may be painful, and some are just interesting.
Because the focus is more on sexual experience than on orgasm, sadomasochists are more likely to cross gender lines.
My most recent "guide" has been Fakir Musafar, a sadomasochist in his seventies who introduced me to S/M as a spiritual as well as a sexual practice.
Sadomasochistic sex, says Califia, is by definition consensual--a definition that separates it from nonconsensual sex, which she says sadomasochists consider an abuse of power and a form of violence.
According to Califia, sadomasochists teach each other safe ways to produce intense physical sensations without endangering anyone's well-being.
But Spanner has also led to activism among sadomasochists worldwide.
Califia's gay critics have voiced anxiety that sadomasochists, transvestites, and other sexual minorities make all gay people appear extreme, thus providing fodder for the Christian right.