What does S and M (the sexual term) mean?

Must be 18+: The sexual term S&M stands for sadomasochism (a combination of sadism and masochism.) The term is defined as the attainment of sexual pleasure from acts of inflicting or submitting to humiliation, physical pain, and suffering. The term was coined from the names of two authors on the subject, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895). Some elements of sadomasochism between consenting adults, such as bondage, can occur in well adjusted relationships.
Updated on Monday, February 06 2012 at 07:31AM EST