Sadomasochism (S/M)

Definition - What does Sadomasochism (S/M) mean?

Sadomasochism (S/M), refers to the combination of sadism (inflicting pain) and masochism (receiving pain), which involves deriving pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting or submitting to physical or emotional abuse.

If used in a sane and consensual relationship, dancing the fine line between pleasure and pain can be very erotic and gratifying.

Kinkly explains Sadomasochism (S/M)

Practicing sadomasochism (SM) can range from playful to extreme and can be physical or mental.

Most people have engaged in gentle biting, spanking, hair pulling or scratching as part of sexual play. These activities fall into SM. At the other end of the spectrum you have play piercing, flogging, public humiliation and degradation.

According to studies conducted in the 1950s, about 50 percent of adults get an erotic response from being bitten, but it is believed that extreme S/M practices are embraced by a small group of people; another survey found that about 5 percent of adults reported gaining pleasure from inflicting or receiving pain.

As with most sexual practices, if S/M is practiced in a safe relationship with consenting adults it can be a way to add spice to the bedroom.

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