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According to early psychologists and sexologists, female sadism was one of the least common paraphilias. Often seen as the complimentary creation of the male masochist, the female sadist came to embody coldness and cruelty in opposition to the nineteenth-century sentimental woman. This paper will examine the writings of early psychologists, like Richard von Krafft-Ebing of Austria, Havelock Ellis of Britain, and Albert Eulenburg of Germany, on feminine evil and sadism by interrogating the source material upon which they relied, as well as considering how these early sources have influenced the way female sadists and sexual sadism more generally are discussed.

In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film

Abstract

According to early psychologists and sexologists, female sadism was one of the least common paraphilias. Often seen as the complimentary creation of the male masochist, the female sadist came to embody coldness and cruelty in opposition to the nineteenth-century sentimental woman. This paper will examine the writings of early psychologists, like Richard von Krafft-Ebing of Austria, Havelock Ellis of Britain, and Albert Eulenburg of Germany, on feminine evil and sadism by interrogating the source material upon which they relied, as well as considering how these early sources have influenced the way female sadists and sexual sadism more generally are discussed.

In: Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film
Evil women, who are they really? What are their motives, and how are they remembered and constructed within our culture? Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film seeks to interrogate the nature and construction of evil women in the above fields. Through literature, poetry, history, ballads, film and real-life culture, scholars explore how the evil woman has been constructed and, in some cases, erased; the punishment and treatment of evil women; and the way evil women have been portrayed on and off screen through character, narrative and behind the camera development.