Here’s a topic I certainly can’t remember Dalrymple having addressed before: masochism. (H/t Colin)
More than one patient in my medical career gave her profession as dominatrix. Some found their clients among the lower classes, and some among the upper. Those who flogged the lower orders tended to be older, smaller, weaker and less pretty; those who serviced the upper were beautiful in what might be called a strapping way.
One even had an international clientele: she would travel the world to whip judges and other members of the local establishment or intelligentsia. Whether the fact that she had flown in from thousands of miles away added to the sexual excitement she provided, or whether she was in demand for her special skills, I cannot say; but to judge by her address, she made a good living. She kept a bag of equipment ready at all times for immediate – emergency? – departure.
In any case, if people want to be flogged, why not? The dominatrixes (or is it dominatrices?) who were my patients added to the pleasure of the world, and one of them even contributed to our balance of payments.