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What does S&M stand for?

S&M stands for Sadism and Masochism

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The saucy novels, which contain strong sadism and masochism themes, became the fastest-selling paperbacks of all time when they were released earlier this year and have been flying off the shelves ever since.
Alfred Kinsey and other researchers studied the frequency of sadism and masochism in sexual practices, but Kinsey's methods were suspect and the validity of his findings in question; likewise, any private behavior is difficult to measure.
168-69) Here, Freud distinguishes between the imaginary structures of sadism and masochism as a reflection of the division between the ego and the super-ego in his second topography.
Are we to suppose that sadism and masochism are now to be considered normal?