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Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is an artistic depiction of a sexual fantasy
Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is an artistic depiction of a sexual fantasy

A sexual fantasy, also called an erotic fantasy, is a deliberate fantasy or pattern of thoughts with the goal of creating or enhancing sexual feelings; it is mental imagery that an individual considers to be erotic. These fantasies have great variation in their makeup and purpose: they can be long, drawn-out stories or quick mental flashes of sexual imagery; their purposes range from obvious sexual motivations, such as sexual arousal and reaching orgasm, to simply passing the time or helping a person fall asleep. Sexual fantasies are nearly universally experienced and can be positive, negative, or even both. A person may or may not wish to enact their sexual fantasies in real life; some may find their fantasies completely unacceptable — or even physically impossible — were they to be transposed into real life. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Katsushika Hokusai, (葛飾北斎), (1760—1849[1]), was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period . ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Erotic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction and utilizes erotica in a fantasy setting. ... See fantasy for an account of the literary genre involving the development of common or popular fantasies. ... Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... A mental image is the representation of an idea in a persons mind. ... Eroticism is an aesthetic focus on sexual desire, especially the feelings of anticipation of sexual activity. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An orgasm (sexual climax) is the conclusion of the plateau phase of the sexual response cycle, and is experienced by both males and females. ...


Content and uses of fantasy

The content and goal of a sexual fantasy vary greatly between individuals and are subject to their person desires. These fantasies range from the mundane to the bizarre, and a person may have anywhere between zero and full desire to carry out an act that they have imagined; people often use fantasy to help plan out future sexual encounters.[1] Fantasies also occur in all individuals and at any point of the day, although it has been suggested that fantasies are more common amongst frequent daydreamers.[2] Those who imagine the fantasies frequently use them to escape from real-life sexual restraints and imagine dangerous or illegal scenarios, such as rape, castration, or kidnapping.[3] They also allow people to imagine themselves in roles they do not normally have, such as power, innocence, and guilt.[4] Fantasies present enormous influence over sexual behaviour (hence the phrase "the brain is the largest sex organ"), and they are often the sole cause of an orgasm.[5] While there are several common themes in fantasies, any object or act can be eroticized.[6] 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. ...

Sexual fantasy is frequent during masturbation,[7] although this is more true for men than for women.[8] Woman masturbating, 1913 drawing by Gustav Klimt. ...

During sexual contact, some people use their fantasies to "turn off" undesirable aspects of an act.[9] For example, a woman receiving cunnilingus may shut out thoughts about her body's odours or fluids in order to fantasize about her physical or emotional pleasure. Conversely, a person may use fantasy to focus and maintain arousal, such as a man receiving fellatio ignoring a distraction.[10] Men, in particular, tend to be aware of only parts of themselves during sex- they are more likely to focus on the physical stimulation of one area, and as such, do not see themselves as a "whole."[11] Watercolour painting depicting cunnilingus by Achille Devéria Cunnilingus is the act of performing oral sex, using the mouth and tongue to stimulate the female genitals. ... Fellatio Fellatio is oral sex performed upon the human penis. ...

Many couples share their fantasies to feel closer and gain more intimacy and trust, or simply to become more aroused or effect a more powerful physical response.[12] Some couples also share fantasies as a form of outercourse;[13] this has been offered as an explanation for the rise of BDSM during the 1980s— in order to avoid contracting HIV, many people turned to BDSM as a safe outlet for sexual fantasy.[14] Non-penetrative sex (also known as outercourse) is sexual activity without vaginal, anal, and possibly oral penetration, as opposed to intercourse. ... // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ...

Common fantasies

Although fantasies are generally varied, patterns have shown up in demographics, and theories have been developed to explain the results. For example, evolutionary theorists have conjectured that women may be more likely to fantasize about familiar lovers because of the imagery of a protective relationship; however, this suggestion is not consistent with findings of the actual fantasies of married women.[15] Sexual fantasies tend to vary by gender, age, sexual orientation, and society; because of reliance on retrospective recall, response bias and taboo, there is an inherent difficulty in measuring the frequency of types of fantasies.[16] In general, the most common fantasies for men and women are: reliving an exciting sexual experience, imagining sex with a current partner, and imagining sex with a different partner. There is no consistent difference in the popularity of these three categories of fantasies.[17] The next most common fantasies involve oral sex, sex in a romantic location, sexual power or irresitability, and forced sex.[18] Response bias is a type of statistical bias which can affect the results of a statistical survey if respondents answer questions in the way they think the questioner wants them to answer rather than according to their true beliefs. ... This article is about cultural prohibitions in general, for other uses, see Taboo (disambiguation). ... Oral sex consists of all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, which may include use of the tongue, teeth, and throat, to stimulate genitalia. ...

Social views of sexual fantasy

Social views on sexual fantasy (and sex in general) differ throughout the world. In particular, the privacy of a person's fantasy is influenced greatly by social conditions- due to the taboo status of sexual fantasies in many places around the world, open discussion — or even acknowledgement — is forbidden, forcing fantasies to stay private. In more lax conditions, a person may share their fantasies with close friends, significant others, or a group of people with whom the person is comfortable.

Historically, the moral acceptance and formal study of sexual fantasy in Western culture is relatively new. Prior to their acceptance, sexual fantasies were seen as evil or sinful, and they were commonly seen as horrid thoughts planted into the minds of people by "agents of the devil."[19] Even when psychologists were willing to accept and study fantasies, they showed little understanding and went so far as to diagnose sexual fantasies in females as a sign of psychological problems.[20] At best, prior to the early twentieth century, many experts viewed sexual fantasy (particularly in females) as abnormal. Over the course of several decades, sexual fantasies gradually became more acceptable as notable works and compilations, such as Alfred Kinsey's Kinsey Reports, Erotic Fantasies: A Study of the Sexual Imagination by Drs. Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, and Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, were published.[21] Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of the changes of the Western culture during the Renaissance Western culture or Western civilization is a term used to generally refer to most of the cultures of European origin and most of their descendants. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is an academic / applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior of humans and animals. ... Alfred Charles Kinsey (June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956), was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology who in 1947 founded the Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, now called the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. ... The Kinsey Reports are two books on human sexual behavior, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ... Nancy Friday (born August 27, 1933) is an author who has written on the topics of female sexuality and liberation (with a small l). Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unrepresentative of many womens... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

Despite the Western World's relatively lax attitudes towards sexual fantasy, many people still feel shame and guilt about their fantasies. This type of shame regularly leads to a decline in the quality of a couple's sex life,[22] and frequently, an unhappy relationship.[23]


  1. ^ Wilson 1978, p. 9
  2. ^ Wilson 1978, p. 29
  3. ^ Scott 1994, p. 153
  4. ^ Scott 1994, p. 163
  5. ^ Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold, McKenzie 2005, p. 106
  6. ^ Scott 1994, p. 155
  7. ^ Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold, McKenzie 2005, p. 206
  8. ^ Leitenberg and Henning charted multiple studies of men and women who fantasized during masturbation. More than half found that at least 80% of men admitted to having had fantasies during masturbation, and at least 67% of women reported the same.
  9. ^ Fisher 1989, p. 275
  10. ^ Fisher 1989, p. 274
  11. ^ Fisher 1989, p. 151
  12. ^ Scott 1994, p. 163
  13. ^ Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold, McKenzie 2005, p. 463
  14. ^ Scott 1994, p. 157
  15. ^ Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold, McKenzie 2005, p. 207
  16. ^ Leitenberg, Henning 1995, p. 470
  17. ^ Leitenberg, Henning 1995, p. 481
  18. ^ Leitenberg, Henning 1995, p. 481
  19. ^ Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold, McKenzie 2005, p. 225
  20. ^ Scott 1994, p. 153
  21. ^ Wilson 1978, p. 10
  22. ^ Scott 1994, p. 82
  23. ^ Scott 1994, p. 101


  • Fisher, Seymour (1989), Sexual Images of the Self: The Psychology of Erotic Sensations and Illusions (First ed.), Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., ISBN 0-8058-0439-0
  • Leitenberg, Harold & Kris Henning (1994-06-20), "Sexual Fantasy", Psychological Bulletin 117 (3): 469-496, ISSN 0033-2909
  • Rathus, Spencer A.; Jeffrey S. Nevid & Lois Fichner-Rathus et al. (2005), Human sexuality in a world of diversity (Second ed.), New Jersey, USA: Pearson Education, ISBN 1-205-46013-5
  • Scott, Gini Graham (1994), The Power of Fantasy: Illusion and Eroticism in Everyday Life (First ed.), New York, New York: Carol Publishing Group, ISBN 1-55972-239-8
  • Wilson, Glenn Daniel (1978), The secrets of sexual fantasy (First ed.), J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., ISBN 0-460-04309-9

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See also

Erotic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction and utilizes erotica in a fantasy setting. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Erotic literature. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

External links

  • MyFantasyAlert.com a website for couples to exchange their sexual fantasies

  Results from FactBites:
Q & A: Sex & Lust: Sexual Fantasies (512 words)
Sexual fantasies are without a doubt the most common kind of sexual experience and are a part of the vast majority of men's and women's psychological landscape.
Fantasy can allow one to role play upcoming encounters, temporarily escape from real life, relieve pent up pressures, or most commonly (in over 70% of men and women), to intensify sexual arousal during masturbation or love making.
When a fantasy intrudes on real life to the point that it interferes with personal relationships, sexual functioning (a person cannot respond to a real life partner), or work or a person becomes so obsessed with it that he feels compelled to act it out it is then a bona fide problem exists.
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