Thursday, August 9, 2012

Not only Money!

Money is not the first person to classify an attraction to amputees as a psychosexual disorder or perversion. Over a hundred years ago Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his book Psychopathia Sexualis (1886) listed an attraction to what he called “bodily defects,” including amputations, in his list of pathological fetishes. Then, in the 1920s Wilhelm Stekel in his book Sexual Aberrations called people with an erotic attraction to amputees sadists and latent homosexuals. Like Money, Krafft-Ebing and Stekel describe devotees in pejorative terms, a description that almost certainly stigmatizes devotees as mentally disordered and possibly even dangerous.

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