We all know that The Marquis de Sade popularised the term sadist via 120 days of Sodom, Justine, philosophy in the bedroom and other writings as well as being exemplified by his own devilish lifestyle. How or why was the word 'masochism' popularised?
Masochism is named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, (27 January 1836 – 9 March 1895) was an Austrian writer and journalist The term masochism is derived from his name.
Private life On 9 December 1869, Sacher-Masoch and his mistress Baroness Fanny Pistor signed a contract making him her slave for a period of six months, with the stipulation that the Baroness wear furs as often as possible, especially when she was in a cruel mood.
My Slave The conditions under which I accept you as my slave and tolerate you at my side are as follows You shall renounce your identity completely. You shall submit totally to my will. In my hands you are a blind instrument that carries out all my orders without discussion. If ever you should forget that you are my slave and do not obey me implicitly in all matters, I shall have the right to punish and correct you as I please, without your daring to complain.
Anything pleasant and enjoyable that I shall grant you will be a favour on my part which you must acknowledge with gratitude. I shall always behave faultlessly toward you but shall have no obligations to do so. You shall be neither a son nor a brother nor a friend; you shall be no more than my slave grovelling in the dust.
Your body and your soul too shall belong to me, and even if this causes you great suffering, you shall submit your feelings and sentiments to my authority. I shall be allowed to exercise the greatest cruelty, and if I should mutilate you, you shall bear it without complaint. You shall work for me like a slave and although I may wallow in luxury whilst leaving you in privation and treading you underfoot, you shall kiss the foot that tramples you without a murmur. I shall have the right to dismiss you at any time, but you shall not be allowed to leave me against my will, and if you should escape, you hereby recognise that I have the power and the right to torture you to death by the most horrible methods imaginable.
You have nothing save me for you I am everything, your life, your future, your happiness, your unhappiness, your torment and your joy. You shall carry out everything I ask of you, whether it is good or evil, and if I should demand that you commit a crime, you shall turn criminal to obey my will. Your honour belongs to me, as does your blood, your mind, and your ability to work.
Should you ever find my domination unendurable and should your chains ever become too heavy, you shall be obliged to kill yourself for I will never set you free.
I undertake, on my word of honour, to be the slave of Mrs Wanda von Dunajew, in the exact way that she demands, and to submit myself without resistance to everything she will impose on me.
In his late fifties, his mental health began to deteriorate, and he spent the last years of his life under psychiatric care.
It is only Masochism if they come back for seconds xxx