From Spanking Art
Etching of an erotic F/M birching, c. 1790.

The term flagellomania combines the meanings of:

Origins and use[edit]

The word flagellomania came up around 1900 and is derived from Latin flagellum (whip) and the suffix -mania (obsession). The word was used mainly by writers searching for a proper term to express the concept, e.g. in sexological research. The corresponding term in German is Flagellomanie.