A Defense of
Sado-masochism has become an influence on art, fashion, literature and
thought. Who are the masochists, and why are they doing it? Is is a dangerous
perversion, or a harmless, playful pastime? Addressing these questions, this
book presents a portrait of human longing, curiosity and eroticism, drawing on a
variety of literary, psychoanalytic and cultural sources, from Freud and
Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs" to David Lynch films and "The
Story of O".