chapter  III
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Sexes

ByTheodor Reik, Paul Roazen

Freud says of masochism that it has an intimate relationship to femininity. The behavior of the male masochist certainly shows many features that justify this statement. The passivity within the sexual behavior is but the most conspicuous factor. There are others that are more important. The phantasies of the masochist circle around the topic of being sexually overpowered, of becoming impregnated. That may sound grotesque but analysis shows that anatomical inadequacy becomes an event in the phantasy of the masochist.