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To quote wikipedia Masochism involves receiving of pleasure—often sexual—from acts involving the .. reception of pain or humiliation.

  • How would a masochist experience rape?
  • Would they find it any less traumatic than a person who was not a masochist?
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My very limited understanding of sadomasochistic relationships is that they are built on a high degree of trust and consent. Thus, the masochist consents to a certain experience and power relationship.

Rape by definition occurs without consent, and therefore would be outside any such consensual relationship. People all vary in how they experience traumatic events. Nonetheless, I would not expect someone who engages in consensual masochistic behaviour to find non-consensual rape any less traumatic than someone who is not masochistic.

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Thanks what about the pain, don't masochistic people love pain – cameron Dec 16 '13 at 11:44

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