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Asexuality · Bisexuality · Heterosexuality · Homosexuality · Pansexuality · Paraphilia Sexual orientation refers to an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction toward others,[1] usually conceived of as classifiable according to the sex or gender of the persons whom the individual finds sexually attractive. ... Sexology is the systematic study of human sexuality. ... This article is about the sexual orientation in humans. ... Bisexual redirects here. ... One version of a Heterosexuality symbol Heterosexuality is sexual or romantic attraction between opposite sexes, and is the most common sexual orientation among humans. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Pansexuality (sometimes referred to as omnisexuality[1]) is a sexual orientation characterized by the potential for aesthetic attraction, romantic love and/or sexual desire for people regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. ...

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Gay · Lesbian · Queer · Questioning GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... For other uses, see Queer (disambiguation). ... Questioning is a term that can refer to a person who is questioning their gender identity, sexual identity or sexual orientation. ...

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Kinsey scale · Klein Grid The Kinsey scale attempts to measure sexual orientation, from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). ... The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid attempts to further measure sexual orientation by expanding upon the earlier Kinsey scale which only considers from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). ...

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Biology · Demographics · Medicine Sexuality researchers are often interested in homosexuality because there is evidence from twin studies that there is a biological involvement in its determination. ... // Measuring the prevalence of various sexual orientations is difficult because there is a lack of reliable data. ... This is the main article for the Category:Sexual orientation and medicine and Category:LGBT physicians. ...

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Homosexuality in animals The Bonobo displays the highest rate of homosexual activity in any animal, being a fully bisexual species. ...

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Paraphilia (in Greek para παρά = besides and -philia φιλία = love)—in psychology and sexology, is a term that describes a family of persistent, intense fantasies, aberrant urges, or behaviors involving sexual arousal to nonhuman objects, pain or humiliation experienced by oneself or one's partner, children, or nonconsenting individuals or unsuitable partners. Paraphilias may interfere with the capacity for reciprocal affectionate sexual activity. [1] Paraphilia is also used to imply non-mainstream sexual practices without necessarily implying dysfunction or deviance; see Clinical warnings section. Also, it may describe sexual feelings toward otherwise non-sexual objects. Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... The suffix -philia is used to specify the love or obsession with something (philia), as well as affinity or attraction to something. ... {redirect|Psychological science|the journal|Psychological Science (journal)}} Not to be confused with Phycology. ... Sexology is the systematic study of human sexuality. ... Turn on redirects here. ... Look up paraphilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Clinical definition

Clinical literature discusses eight major paraphilias individually.[2][3] According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the activity must be the sole means of sexual gratification for a period of six (6) months, and either cause "clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning" or involve a violation of consent to be diagnosed as a paraphilia.[4] The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual published by the American Psychiatric Association The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a handbook for mental health professionals that lists different categories of mental disorder and the criteria for diagnosing them, according to the publishing organization the American Psychiatric Association. ... In the criminal law, consent may be an excuse and prevent the defendant from incurring liability for what was done. ...

  • Exhibitionism: the recurrent urge or behavior to expose one's genitals to an unsuspecting person. (Can also be the recurrent urge or behavior to perform sexual acts in a public place, or in view of unsuspecting persons.)
  • Fetishism: the use of inanimate objects to gain sexual excitement. Partialism refers to fetishes specifically involving nonsexual parts of the body.
  • Frotteurism: the recurrent urges of behavior of touching or rubbing against a nonconsenting person.
  • Pedophilia: the sexual attraction to prepubescent or peripubescent children.
  • Sexual Masochism: the recurrent urge or behavior of wanting to be humiliated, beaten, bound, or otherwise made to suffer for sexual pleasure.
  • Sexual Sadism: the recurrent urge or behavior involving acts in which the pain or humiliation of a person is sexually exciting.
  • Transvestic fetishism: a sexual attraction towards the clothing of the opposite gender. (Compare to autogynephilia.)
  • Voyeurism: the recurrent urge or behavior to observe an unsuspecting person who is naked, disrobing or engaging in sexual activities, or may not be sexual in nature at all.

Other rarer paraphilias are grouped together under Other paraphilias not otherwise specified (ICD-9-CM equivalent of "Sexual Disorder NOS") and include telephone scatalogia (obscene phone calls), necrophilia (corpses), partialism (exclusive focus on one part of the body), zoophilia (animals), coprophilia (feces), klismaphilia (enemas), urophilia (urine), emetophilia (vomit). An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game. ... Sexual fetishism, first described as such by Sigmund Freud though the concept and certainly the activity is quite ancient, is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a persons body. ... Partialism can be: A paraphilia in which sexual desire is focused on a specific body part. ... This article is about a specific paraphilia. ... Not to be confused with Ephebophilia. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... Sadism and masochism, in the original sense, describe psychiatric disorders characterized by feelings of sexual pleasure or gratification when inflicting suffering or having it inflicted upon the self, respectively. ... Sadism and masochism, in the original sense, describe psychiatric disorders characterized by feelings of sexual pleasure or gratification when inflicting suffering or having it inflicted upon the self, respectively. ... A folded cream-coloured full slip Some men find the sheer fabric of stockings highly enticing Transvestic fetishism is a sexual fetish for the clothing of the opposite gender. ... Look up autogynephilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... “Voyeur” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Necrophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Partialism can be: A paraphilia in which sexual desire is focused on a specific body part. ... This article is about zoophilia, the emotional and (optionally) sexual attraction of humans to animals. ... Look up coprophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Klismaphilia (sometimes spelled Klysmaphilia) is the paraphilia of deriving sexual pleasure from enemas. ... Golden shower redirects here. ... Emetophilia is a sexual fetish in which an individual is aroused by vomiting or observing others vomit. ...


Some exceedingly rare paraphilias are sometimes encountered and have been reported in the literature. These include an adolescent male who had a strong fetishistic interest in the exhaust pipes of cars, a young man with a similar interest in a specific type of car, and a man who had a paraphilic interest in sneezing (both his own and the sneezing of others).[5][6] This suggests that a very wide range of things may serve as the object of a fetish.


Intensity and specificity

Clinicians distinguish between optional, preferred and exclusive paraphilias, though the terminology is not completely standardized. An "optional" paraphilia is an alternative route to sexual arousal. For example, a man with otherwise unremarkable sexual interests might sometimes seek or enhance sexual arousal by wearing women's underwear. In preferred paraphilias, a person prefers the paraphilia to conventional sexual activities, but also engages in conventional sexual activities. For example, a man might prefer to wear women's underwear during sexual activity, whenever possible. In exclusive paraphilias, a person is unable to become sexually aroused in the absence of the paraphilia.


Optional paraphilias are far more common than preferred paraphilias, which are, in turn, far more common than exclusive paraphilias.[citation needed]


Optional paraphilias sometimes disrupt stable relationships when discovered by an unsuspecting partner. Preferred paraphilias often disrupt otherwise stable relationships. Open communication and mutual support can minimize or prevent such disruption in both of these cases. Exclusive paraphilias often preclude normal courtship and committed romantic relationships, even when the person in question desires such a relationship. Loneliness or social isolation are common consequences. In extreme cases, preoccupation with a preferred or exclusive paraphilia completely displaces the more typical desire for loving human relationships.


Drug treatments

The treatment of paraphilias and related disorders has been challenging for patients and clinicians. In the past, surgical castration was advocated as a therapy for men with paraphilias, but it was abandoned because it is considered a cruel punishment and is now illegal in most countries. Psychotherapy, self-help groups, and pharmacotherapy (including the controversial hormone therapy sometimes referred to as "chemical castration") have all been used but are often unsuccessful.[citation needed] Here are some current drug treatments for these disorders.[7] Castration (also referred as: gelding, neutering, orchiectomy, orchidectomy, and oophorectomy) is any action, surgical, chemical, or otherwise, by which a male loses the functions of the testes or a female loses the functions of the ovaries. ...


Hormone drug treatments

In humans, testosterone has a crucial role not only in the development and maintenance of male sexual characteristics but also in the control of sexuality, aggression, cognition, emotion, and personality. Testosterone is a major determinant of sexual desire, fantasies, and behavior, and it increases the frequency, duration, and magnitude of spontaneous and nocturnal erections. The deviant sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior of men with paraphilias also appear to be triggered by testosterone. Therefore, reducing testosterone secretion or inhibiting its action is believed to control these symptoms. Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. ...


Antiandrogenic drugs such as medroxyprogesterone (also known as the long-acting contraceptive Depo Provera) have been widely used as therapy in these men to reduce sex drive. However, their efficacy is limited and they have many unpleasant side effects, including breast growth, headaches, weight gain, and reduction in bone density. Even if compliance is good, only 60 to 80 percent of men benefit from this type of drug. Long-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormones, such as Triptorelin (Trelstar) which reduces the release of gonadotropin hormones, are also used. This drug is a synthetic hormone which may also lead to reduced sex drive.[7] Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is a progestogen-only hormonal contraceptive birth control drug which is injected every 3 months. ...


Psychoactive drug treatments

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and paroxitine (Paxil), have all been used to treat paraphilias and related disorders by reducing impulse control problems and/or sexual obsessions with some success. SSRI redirects here; for other uses, see SSRI (disambiguation). ... // Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves obsessions -- unwanted thoughts or images that are upsetting or interfere with an individuals life, followed by compulsions -- actions that temporarily relieve the anxiety caused by the obsessions (APA 2000). ...


Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA), such as imipramine (Tofranil) and desipramine (Norpramin), are also used.


Lithium, the mood-stabilizing drug also known as Eskalith is typically used for the treatment of mania in bipolar disorder. There are some reports of reduced sexual compulsive behavior and a reduction in obsessive sexual thoughts in patients, which they attribute to the drug's enhancement of serotonergic functioning. This article is about the chemical element. ...


Anxiolytics are not considered a typical treatment for these type of disorders, however the efficacy of buspirone (BuSpar) has been clinically demonstrated.


Psychostimulants have been used recently to augment the effects of serotonergic drugs in paraphiliacs. In theory, the prescription of a psychostimulant without pretreatment with an SSRI might further disinhibit sexual behavior, but when taken together, the psychostimulant may actually reduce impulsive tendencies. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is an amphetamine like stimulant used primarily to manage the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recent studies imply that methylphenidate may also act on serotonergic systems; this may be important in explaining the paradoxical calming effect of stimulants on ADHD patients. Amphetamine is also used medically as an adjunct to antidepressants in refractory cases of depression.[7] Serotonergic means related to, capable of producing, altering, or releasing serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and can refer to the following classes of chemicals: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor - A common class of serotonergic antidepressants Noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant - Another class of serotonergic antidepressants serotonergic psychedelics - The serotonergic hallucinogenic drugs This is...


Religious views

Various religious adherents view various paraphilias as deviations from a divine plan for human sexuality, as understood through their religious tradition or laws. Depending in part on the nature of the paraphilia in question, judgements can differ as to whether religiously it should be considered a case of sexual sin, mental illness, or simply harmless sexual variation. Another variable is whether it is the acting out, or (less commonly) just the desirous thought alone, which is critically viewed in such cases. In any event, several paraphilias, such as bestiality or pedophilia, are viewed negatively by various religions. For other uses, see Religion and sexuality (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sin (disambiguation). ... A mental illness or mental disorder refers to one of many mental health conditions characterized by distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior. ...


Some religious traditions include forms of extreme asceticism, such as whipping , which, when practiced as sexual activities, would usually be considered masochism and popularly viewed as paraphilias. When practiced for non-sexual reasons, they are usually valued by the religious groups concerned as a part of their religious observance and submission to God. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Whipping on a post Flagellation is the act of whipping (Latin flagellum, whip) the human body. ... This article is about the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


Legality

Main article: Sex and the law

As a general rule, the law in many countries often intervenes in paraphilias involving young or adolescent children below the legal age of consent and sex with animals due to duty of care issues and general public abhorance of the practice. There is also legal intervention concerning nonconsensual deliberate displays or illicit watching of sexual activity, illegal manipulation of dead people, harassment, nuisance, fear, injury, or assault of a sexual nature. Separately, it also usually regulates or controls censorship of pornographic material. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Age of consent laws Worldwide While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any... In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they exercise a reasonable standard of care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. ... For other uses, see Censor. ... Porn redirects here. ...


Exhibitionism, in cases where people who have not previously agreed to watch are exposed to sexual display, is also an offense in most jurisdictions, as is voyeurism when unarranged (see indecent exposure and peeping tom). “Voyeur” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Peeping Tom may refer to: A person in the legend of Lady Godiva A person who engages in voyeurism Peeping Tom (film), a 1960 film directed by Michael Powell Peeping Tom (song), a song by the band Placebo from their album Black Market Music Peeping Tom (Rockwell song), a song...


Non-consensual sadomasochistic acts may legally constitute assault and therefore belong in the list below. Some jurisdictions criminalize some or all sadomasochistic acts, regardless of legal consent, and impose liability for any injuries caused. For these purposes, non-physical injuries are included in the definition of grievous bodily harm in English law. (See Consent (BDSM), Operation Spanner) In the criminal law, consent may be an excuse and prevent the defendant from incurring liability for what was done. ... Grievous bodily harm or GBH is a phrase used in English criminal law which was introduced in ss18 and 20 Offences Against The Person Act 1861. ... English law is a formal term of art that describes the law for the time being in force in England and Wales. ... Consent within BDSM is an issue that attracts much attention in the field. ... Operation Spanner was the name of an operation carried out by police in Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1987. ...


List of paraphilias

See also: List of paraphilias

Used in a sexual context, terms with the -philia suffix refer to conditions in which the person's primary sexual interest involves the stimulus or situation mentioned (the suffix is also used for non-sexual interest in or admiration of a subject). Terms with the -lagnia suffix refer to an action involving the stimulus or situation. For example, someone who is consistently sexually excited by feces would have coprophilia; any sexual act involving feces, even by someone for whom that is not a primary interest, would be coprolagnia. Look up coprophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Coprolagnia is sexual arousal that is produced by the thought or sight of feces, akin to coprophilia. ...


References

  1. ^ American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV (4th ed., text revision). Pp. 566-567.
  2. ^ psyweb.com "Axis I. Clinical Disorders, most V-Codes and conditions that need Clinical attention". Retrieved: 23 November, 2007.
  3. ^ World Health Organization, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (2007), Chapter V, Block F65; Disorders of sexual preference. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  4. ^ Letter to the Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry: Change in Criterion for Paraphilias in DSM-IV-TR. Russell B. Hilliard, Robert L. Spitzer. 2002. Retrieved: 23 November, 2007.
  5. ^ Padmal de Silva (March 2007). "Sexual disorder and psychosexual therapy". Psychiatry 6 (3): 130–134. Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.mppsy.2006.12.009. 
  6. ^ King, M.B. (1990). "Sneezing as a fetish object". Sex Marital Therapy 5: 69–72. 
  7. ^ a b c M. Williams. Sexual Compulsivity: Defining Paraphilias and Related Disorders "Psychoactive Drug Treatments". Retrieved 23 November, 2007

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This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Agalmatophilia is an uncommon sexual fetish or paraphilia, also known as Pygmalionism after the myth of Pygmalion. ... Andromimetophilia (often misspelled as androminetophilia) is a condition in which erotic or sexual arousal is facilitated by or contingent upon a female sex partner impersonating a male. ... Look up autogynephilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Biastophilia (from Greek biastes, rape + -philia) and its Latin language-derived counterpart, raptophilia (from Latin rapere, to seize), also paraphilic rape[1], refer to a paraphilia in which sexual arousal is dependent on, or is responsive to, the act of assaulting an unconsenting person, especially a stranger. ... A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader In the context of BDSM, bondage involves people being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Age disparity in sexual relationships. ... Look up coprophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A philia is the love or obsession with a particular thing or subject. ... Dippoldism (German Dippoldismus) is the paraphilia of sexual arousal from spanking or otherwise applying corporal punishment to children. ... Emetophilia is a sexual fetish in which an individual is aroused by vomiting or observing others vomit. ... An Ephebe Kisses A Man Tondo from an Attic kylix, 5th c. ... Autoerotic asphyxiation, asphyxiophilia, or breath control play, is the practice of intentionally reducing the amount of oxygen to the brain during sexual stimulation in order to heighten the received pleasure from orgasm. ... Erotic lactation is the breastfeeding of an adult partner primarily for erotic reasons. ... An exhibitionist exposing himself at a soccer game. ... Food play is a form of sexual fetishism in which participants are aroused by erotic situations involving food. ... This article is about a specific paraphilia. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Human animal roleplay (also called petplay, ponyplay, ponyism or pup-play) is a form of erotic sexual role-play where one or more of the participants takes on the role of a real or imaginary animal in character, including appropriate mannerisms and behavior, and sometimes a partner will act as... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Katoptronophilia is a paraphilia for mirrors (the Greek word for mirror is katoptron). ... Klismaphilia (sometimes spelled Klysmaphilia) is the paraphilia of deriving sexual pleasure from enemas. ... Macrophilia refers to sexual fantasy involving fictitious giants. ... Mysophilia is a paraphilia relating to soiled or dirty material. ... Look up Necrophilia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... CambridgeBayWeather 15:10, 26 August 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Olfactophilia, (Latin=olfacto, to smell, pertaining to the sense of smell, and philia, love), is the sexual attraction to, or sexual arousal by, smells and odors emanating from the body, especially the sexual areas. ... Osmolagnia, (Greek=osme, smell, and lagneia, lust), is the sexual attraction to, or sexual arousal by, smells and odors emanating from the body, especially the sexual areas. ... Paraphilic infantilism is the desire to wear diapers and be treated as a helpless infant. ... Not to be confused with Ephebophilia. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... 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Paraphilia : Sex Fetish : Paraphilia & Sex Fetishes : Discovery Health (467 words)
A paraphilia is a condition involving sex fetishes where a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about, and engaging in, sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme.
A paraphilia is distinguished by a preoccupation with the object or behavior to the point of being dependent on that object or behavior for sexual gratification.
Although many of the paraphilias seem so foreign or extreme that one could not imagine how the object or behavior can be arousing to anyone, they are easier to understand if one thinks of those behaviors that, in less extreme versions, are quite common and not considered abnormal.
Paraphilias Introduction, Symptoms & Signs, Epidemiology and treatment (1194 words)
Paraphilias are manifested in imagery, which may exist as a sexual fantasy or be associated with erection or orgasm in masturbation or other sexual behavior.
Some paraphilias are distinguished by a preoccupation with objects as essential for maximal sexual arousal, primarily items of clothing or materials, as in fetishism, or by wearing the clothing of the other sex, as in transvestic fetishism.
For a patient with a paraphilia, the atypical sexual imagery is often necessary for sexual arousal, sometimes to the extent of being intrusive during conventional sexual activity.
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