Tue
Dec 2 2014 9:15am

Putting the “S” in BDSM: The Marquis de Sade

“Sex without pain is like food without taste.”

Giving his name to a sexual predilection, the Marquis de Sade died on this day two hundred years ago in a French asylum. We wouldn't know him except for his writings, including Justine and 120 Days of Sodom, and he was a prolific author, writing novels, short stories, plays, political tracts and more. He is well-known for his erotic writings, but he also had a sharp philosophy that suggested people live under extreme freedom, without being bound by religion, law, or morality.

“If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.”

And his writings make for a great soundbite! Many romances include elements of BDSM, although the Marquis might not recognize what he was interested in if he read them. 

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