Series: Cornell Studies in the History of Psychiatry. Aims and Scope Individuals sometimes derive sexual pleasure from submission to cruel discipline. While that predilection was noted as early as the sixteenth century, masochism was not codified as a concept until According to John K.
In January , as South Africa was preparing for its first democratic elections after almost fifty years of racist, white minority rule, a graduate student gave me a clipping from the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel. In the "Personalities" column, a stern-faced, uniformed woman in her late thirties gazed menacingly from the page. Scouring the flea markets of East Berlin, which were by now flooded with the unwanted trivia of a defunct era, she had managed to purchase all the necessary requisites for an authentic KGB interrogation room. Now she could offer her customers something more novel than the Hollywood-style dungeons and doctors' surgeries usual in her line of business. The uniforms, wooden cups, desk lamps, riding crop, Soviet flag, even the photograph of the former East German leader Erich Honecker, were all taken straight out of real life. Anyone prepared to pay German marks per hour could play out tanta-.