Human Sexuality: Sadomasochism


Human sexuality is how we as sexual beings experience and express ourselves. Numerous elements contribute to the development of our sexuality, but arguably the most significant the actual gender. Different types of gender have a significant impact on the development of distinctive sexuality. Additionally, sexuality is a fundamental component of personalities where some sexual behaviors are controversial in today’s society. However, there is a need to comprehend the different forms of sexuality to avoid the apparent judgment of controversial human sexualities. In this paper, sadomasochism, a type of human sexuality, will be discussed in detail.


Sadomasochism is the practice of getting sexual satisfaction by causing pain or disgrace on someone else or one’s own reputation on the other. Sadomasochism (SM) is a term coined from the term’s sadism and masochism. The phrase is derived from two writers whose publications dealt with sexual cruelty in an erotic sense. Sadomasochism is thought to be a degrading and demeaning kind of sexual deviancy performed by those who have emotional issues (Lichty et al., 2018). Additionally, their articles portrayed erotic appeal through submission, humiliation and pain. A masochist is someone who derives sexual pleasure from suffering or humiliation.

Consequently, a sadist is someone who receives pleasure from inflicting pain, punishment, or degrading on others. According to Weierstall & Giebel (2017), this type of sexuality can be used to enhance coitus action or, less frequently, as a replacement or a precondition for sexual activity. The imposition of pain, for example, leads to sexual pleasure, while the imitation of violence can be used to express and consolidate emotional attachment. Sadomasochistic behaviors are frequently started at the masochist’s request and, for their advantage, employing subliminal signals. According to De Neef et al (2019), repression castigation, domination, submission, as well as sadomasochism are commonly seen as aggressive styles of human sexual behavior. This is because they include actions that may appear to be sexual assault. Sadomasochism is a form of paraphilic disorder, a type of mental disease, which purposes to inflict of physical or emotional agony on another person to produce sexual excitation and climax.

Moreover, people with mental issues may engage in sadomasochism, a nasty form of sexual perversion. Mistreatment is given to the submissive partner, who claims to get sexual pleasure from it. Sexual impulses and dreams of being humiliated, beaten, tied, or otherwise made to suffer are all part of the practice of these rituals. Rather than an evening of passion, this is the beginning of a long-term commitment to that way of life.

Sexual sadomasochism, in my opinion, is not normal, as it is some sort of sexuality in which cruel and masochistic actions produce considerable suffering or functional harm, hence, I do classify it as an illness. Since the sadist or masochist has acted on tremendous wants or had debilitating thoughts about sexually unpleasant issues, this form of sexuality is considered aberrant. It can be demoralizing and destructive, especially if no authorization is granted. In addition to providing psychological counseling to sadists and masochists and encouraging them to study alternative sexual practices in order to gain sexual pleasure, sadomasochism can be remedied in six months with extra therapy.


To summarize, sadomasochism is a blend of both sadism and masochism in its manifestations. As characterized by sexual pleasure or happiness experienced when inflicting pain on another person or having pain inflicted on oneself, aggression and masochism are both forms of sexual pleasure or delight. When both partners provide their informed consent, the type of sexuality described above has no negative consequences for either party.


De Neef, N., Coppens, V., Huys, W., & Morrens, M. (2019). Bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) from an integrative biopsychosocial perspective: A systematic review. Sexual Medicine, 7(2), 129-144. Web.

Lichty, L., Parks, E., & Nelson, A. (2018). Shifting lenses to deepen reflection and connection in human sexuality education. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 13(2), 232-244. Web.

Weierstall, R., & Giebel, G. (2017). The sadomasochism checklist: A Tool for the assessment of sadomasochistic behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(3), 735-745. Web.

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