rebecca west on sadomasochism (1933)

Rebecca-West-007“I loathe the way the two cancers of sadism and masochism eat into the sexual life of humanity, so that the one lifts the lash and the other offers blood to the blow, and both are drunken with the beastly pleasure of misery and do not proceed with love’s business of building a shelter from the cruelty of the universe.”

— Rebecca West, Letter to a Grandfather (1933), pg 34.

Read more about the formidable Dame West HERE.