Jul 20, 2013 08:41 AM

Has Sadomasochism Arrived?

A book recently published in the West titled, "Fifty Shades of Grey," depicting a sadomasochistic relationship, sold 70 million copies, besting the Harry Potter series in some markets last year. Readers also took to making purchases at hardware stores, picking up rope to replicate sadomasochistic practices highlighted in the story.

Also known as S&M, and sometimes abbreviated as SM or S/M, the terminology, "sadomasochism," was first developed by Austro-German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing. In Chinese, I use a term to signify "cruelty" and "love," first proposed by sociologist Pan Guangdan. I applaud the phrase, "nuedailian," both for its simplicity and recognition of conflicting dynamics, rather than a term that would only denote sadistic or intentionally harmful activities. 

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