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When did BDSM start and why?

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  1. BDSM as a wide spectrum of erotic practices and proclivities has been around for centuries, constantly evolving and changing. Sadism is usually associated with the novels Justine and 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade, while masochism is associated with Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and his novel Venus in Furs. However, what we associate with the BDSM iconography and paraphernalia today is much wider than that. There are elements of various cultures and subcultures in BDSM: for instance the leather fetish came from certain gay circles and biker culture in the early 1970s; the intricate bondage techniques came partly from Japan and the tradition of Shibari and Kinbaku; there are also elements of horror, fantasy and sci-fi culture, and so on. There are even some elements of certain Christian practices involved, such as flagellation or whipping. While BDSM has been around forever, in one form or another, it was Sigmund Freud who first investigated these particular sexual tendencies in a scientific way. The Kinsey Institute report in 1947 demonstrated that BDSM tendencies and practices were not as uncommon and “deviant” as they were perceived thus far, and, of course, the sexual revolution in the 1960s made BDSM even more widely accepted. However, only with the advent of Internet have people finally got the chance to explore this topic and engage in it anonymously or semi-anonymously, which led to increased interest in BDSM, culminating with the enormous popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey movie and novels. So, the most accurate answer to the question “Who invented BDSM” would actually be – “human race.” And as for the “Why?,” well, simply because it brings enormous sexual gratification.

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