Sadomasochism: Descent into Darkness

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Title: Sadomasochism: Descent into Darkness
Author: Robert Peters
Date: 06/01/2015

What prompted me to write this paper was the release of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, which from what I have read portrays sadomasochism much in the same that Pretty Woman portrayed prostitution. This paper is about the dark underbelly of sadomasochism.

Sadomasochism and pornography have much in common, however, and as I worked on this paper, I realized that it could also serve as a complement to a paper I wrote more than a decade ago. The earlier paper, “Link between Pornography & Violent Sex Crimes,” is published at

I hasten to add that unlike the earlier paper, this paper is not about violent sex crimes as such. The primary focus of this paper is crimes related to the pursuit of sadistic sexual pleasure.


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