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An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game.
An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game.

Exhibitionism (also known as Lady Godiva syndrome and Apodysophilia) [1] is the psychological need and pattern of behavior to exhibit naked parts of the body to other people. In exhibitionism the individual shows a tendency to an extravagant, usually at least partially sexually inspired behavior to captivate the attention of others in a display of a body part, or parts, that would otherwise be left covered under clothing in nearly all other cultural circumstances. Image File history File linksMetadata Soccerflasher. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Soccerflasher. ... Lady Godiva by John Collier, ca 1898 Godiva (or Godgifu) (c. ... Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul and logos = word) is the study of mind, thought, and behaviour. ... Nudity is a common subject both in fine arts and popular culture. ... Eccentric is from the Greek for out of the centre, as opposed to concentric, in the centre. ...

The part(s) of the body exposed can be the female breasts or the genitalia or buttocks of either gender. The hand mirror and comb of the Roman Goddess Venus is often used to represent the female sex. ... okay that is all ... A sex organ, or primary sexual characteristic, narrowly defined, is any of those parts of the body (which are not always bodily organs according to the strict definition) which are involved in sexual reproduction and constitute the reproductive system in an complex organism; namely: Male: penis (notably the glans penis... Female human buttocks The buttocks (anatomical nates, clunium, gluteus, regio glutealis) are rounded portions of the anatomy located on the posterior of the pelvic region of the apes, humans and many other bipeds or quadrupeds. ... The gender symbols used to denote a male or female organism. ...

Exhibitionists who view exhibitionism as a lifestyle as opposed to a rare thrill carefully select their target audience and make the exposure brief, inconspicuous and apparently unintentional. It is a fetish, and many such practitioners see it as an art form. Many night clubs and goth bars encourage mild exhibitionism to enhance the venue's atmosphere. This contrasts with non-sexualized social nudity, in which the exposure is not connected with sexual expression, such as sunbathing or swimming at nude beaches or other participation in public nudity events where nudity is the norm. The fight or flight response, also called the acute stress response, was first described by Walter Cannon in 1929. ... The basic idea of sexual fetishism is sexual arousal and satisfaction through an inanimate object, the fetish. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bredene naturist beach in Belgium. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Some exhibitionists wish to display themselves sexually to other people singly or in groups. This can be done consensually as part of swinging or group sex. When done nonthreateningly, the intent is usually to surprise and/or sexually arouse the viewer, giving the exhibitionist an ego rush. Some people like to expose themselves in front of large crowds, typically at sporting events; see streaking. Some like to use the internet to distribute their stories and pictures. A similar phenomenon is when, at the conclusion of a sporting event, a woman may flash her breasts while sitting atop someone's shoulders in a dense crowd of people. Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle, is non-monogamous sexual activity, treated much like any other social activity, that can be experienced as a couple. ... Peter Fendi, 1835 Group sex is sexual behaviour involving more than two participants at the same time. ... Look up surprise in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... eGO is a company that builds electric motor scooters which are becoming popular for urban transportation and vacation use. ... A participant of the Bay to Breakers. ... A pregnant womans breasts. ...

Forms of exhibitionism, usually by females, that are captured by various forms of media have proven highly popular among the Western male market. For alternative meanings for The West in the United States, see the U.S. West and American West. ... The shield and spear of the Roman God Mars are often used to represent the male sex In heterogamous species, male is the sex of an organism, or of a part of an organism, which typically produces smaller, mobile gametes (spermatozoa) that are able to fertilise female gametes (ova). ...


Psychiatric implications

In psychiatry, exhibitionism is considered a paraphilia if the practice begins to interfere with the quality of life or the normal functioning capacity of the individual. Often exhibitionism does not have legal implications, unless the individual shows an aggressive or criminal behavior, as in indecent exposure. Likewise, exhibitionism does not necessarily imply alterations of the psychiatric condition of the average, everyday individual, although according to DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, IV edition), where all psychiatric illnesses are represented as numerals to avoid confusion, exhibitionism is classified as 302.4. Many psychiatric definitions of exhibitionism broadly define it as "sexual gratification, above and beyond the sexual act itself, that is achieved by risky public sexual activity and/or bodily exposure." It can include "engaging in sex where one may possibly be seen in the act, or caught in the act."[citation needed] Psychiatrist redirects here, for the party game, see Psychiatrist (game) Psychiatry is a medical specialty dealing with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental illness. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ... The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the handbook used most often in diagnosing mental disorders in the United States and other countries. ...

An exhibitionist exposing himself to friends.

Reasons for the various types of exhibitionism are varied. The person can act on the basis of competing to be the "first" in a trend, on the basis of adhering to a particular fashion, ostentation, posing, being bombastic, and many other instances. These forms can appear isolated or also as a group of manifestations. The term fashion usually applies to a prevailing mode of expression, but quite often applies to a personal mode of expression that may or may not adhere to prevailing ideals. ...

Types of exposure

Displaying one's buttocks for shock value is known as mooning in English (and its American dialect) or a browneye in Australia and New Zealand English. Anasyrma is lifting up one's skirt to expose bare genitals, for varied reasons. Martymachlia is a paraphilia involving sexual attraction to having others watch the execution of a sexual act. Shock value is the potential of an image, text or other form of communication to provoke a reaction of disgust, shock, anger, or similar negative emotion. ... Mooning, or giving the browneye is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Mooning is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ... Anasyrma is a ritual exposing of ones genitals. ... A skirt is a traditionally feminine tube- or cone-shaped garment which is worn from the waist and covers the legs. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ...


  1. ^ http://www.sex-lexis.com/Sex-Dictionary/apodysophilia

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