- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Arcade Publishing (November 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155970425X
- ISBN-13: 978-1559704250
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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He observes, "the sexual instinct, when disappointed and unappeased, frequently seeks and finds a substitute in religion." (Pg. 5) He asserts, "Woman... if physically and mentally normal, and properly educated, has but little sensual desire. If it were otherwise, marriage and family life would be empty words. As yet the man who avoids women, and the woman who seeks men are sheer anomalies." (Pg. 10)
He notes, "Following lust-murder and violation of corpses , come cases closely allied to the former, in which injury of the victim of lust and sight of the victim's blood are a delight and pleasure. The notorious Marquis de Sade, after whom this combination of lust and cruelty has been named, was such a monster." (Pg. 82) Later, he adds, "I feel justified in calling this sexual anomaly `Masochism,' because the author Sacher-Masoch frequently made this perversion, which up to his time was quite unknown to the scientific world as such, the substratum of his writings ." (Pg. 104)
Of homosexuality, he says, "The essential feature of this strange manifestation of the sexual life is the want of sexual sensibility for the opposite sex... This abnormal mode of feeling may not infrequently be recognized in the manner, dress and calling of the individuals, who may go so far as to yield to an impulse to put on the distinctive clothing corresponding with the sexual role in which they feel themselves to be." (Pg. 265) Later, he adds, "The male homosexual... is not opposed to non-sexual intercourse with woman, when by mind and refinement they make conversation charming. It is only woman in her sexual role that he abhors." (Pg. 289) He later argues, "The majority of homosexuals are in a painful situation... Society and the law... should pity, and not despise, these unfortunates; the latter must cease to punish them..." (Pg. 458)
While social research has proceeded greatly since Krafft-Ebbing's day, this book is still a milestone in the history of the research of sexuality.
Much of the subject matter is familiar grist for modern tabloids. And some of it rather amusing, especially the idea that masturbation leads to illness, insanity, and death. As in "Death Trip," this was an age when science was still groping for the causes of many types of mental illness that are still not truely cureable.
It is also interesting to compare modern standards to those of a hundred years ago. Sexual acts that were considered beyond the bounds of decency a hundred years ago even for married couples are likely to be recomended by a minister today. But many stories in which sexual acting out (infidelity, sudden change of sexual orientation) is part of a general pattern of self-destruction seem as relevant and cautionary as ever. The authors are also very matter of fact about transexuals and some very "modern" activities, which psycholanalysts seem to have given wide berth for decades. On the other hand, it isn't clear what has happened to bustle fetishists.
And before we congratulate ourselves on our sophisitication, it is also interesting that Krafft-Ebing found well established networks of dedicated pedophiles, and that a hundred years later we have not solved the problem and barely acknowledge it. Also, they were found many instances of adult female nannies and teachers molesting male children and students, which has only recently been getting much attention.