Recently, when I was at a Barnes & Noble, I had the opportunity to read Sigmund Freud's essay, "A Child id Being Beaten". I must admit I don't have much of a background in psychology, so I may have misunderstood what Freud was saying, but it caused me great distress.
In the essay Freud describes (among other things) two male patients who were obsessed with sexual fantasies of being beaten by women. Freud goes on to declare that these fantasies are caused by repressed homosexuality.
Is Freud saying that men who desire (or are obsessed with the desire) to be beaten, humiliated, or dominated by women really just gay men who can't accept their homosexuality?
Are male masochists really just gay men running from themselves?