“The Sexual Responses of Sexual Sadists”
Often, new questions and gaps in the research are a reflection of the way in which we define behavior, definitions which may change over time. From a recent Canadian study:
Part of the controversy and disagreement about the essential features of sexual sadism may arise from the contexts in which sadism is studied. Forensic studies will mostly comprise sadists who have committed sexual assaults or homicides or who have experienced serious difficulties resulting in clinical attention, whereas nonclinical studies of community sadists might include individuals who have committed sexual assaults but would also include a majority of individuals without any such history. The types of sadistic activities observed may differ by context, with more antisocial sadists seen in a forensic setting being more likely to engage in severe sadistic activities such as torture, cutting, or mutilation, whereas community sadists are more likely to engage in binding, spanking, and whipping. [via]
Clearly, there is now a crossover involving such activities within the community, which is one of the reasons why consent/non-consent and consenting-non-consent studies have become a study focus.
img: Clips from Lot in Sodom, 1933.
from the video: Haleek Maul - Fraulein