Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 1–12 | Cite as

Sadomasochistically Oriented Behavior: Diversity in Practice and Meaning

  • Laurence Alison
  • Pekka Santtila
  • N. Kenneth Sandnabba
  • Niklas Nordling
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Abstract

One hundred and eighty-four subjects (22 women and 162 men) who were members of two sadomasochistically oriented clubs answered a semistructured questionnaire containing items relating to a variety of sexual behaviors. Using a multivariate statistical analysis that geometrically represents the co-occurrence of individual actions as a visual array (Guttman (1954). In Lazarfeld, P. E. (ed.), Mathematical Thinking in the Social Sciences, Free Press, Glencoe, IL.) four qualitatively different sexual scripts emerged: hypermasculinity; administration and receiving of pain; physical restriction; and psychological humiliation. Although similar themes have been suggested before, this study demonstrated their empirical base. Humiliation was significantly associated more with females and with heterosexual orientation in men, while hypermasculinity was associated with males and with homosexual orientation in men.

sadomasochism homosexuality heterosexuality hypermasculinity humiliation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Alison
    • 1
  • Pekka Santtila
    • 2
  • N. Kenneth Sandnabba
    • 2
  • Niklas Nordling
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Eleanor Rathbone BuildingUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyÅbo Akademi UniversityFinland

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