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Sexual Perversions

Paraphilia or sexual perversion refers to experience of sexual arousal characterized by recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors towards atypical objects, situations or individuals. These normally do not cause sexual arousal in majority in society. And since there is no clear cut borderline, this issue has always remained under debate and discussion. Once termed as psychiatric disorders, these are now termed by DSM as ‘distress’ to self or others.

Some of them are very common like exhibitionism and voyeurism. Others are rarely encountered. They are said to lead to personal, social and career problems and to extreme may even lead to offences.

These generally involve

  1. Non human objects
  2. The suffering of oneself or others
  3. Children
  4. Non consenting persons
  5. Conditions or situations


The causes of paraphilic sexual preferences are unclear. There are suggestions of developmental or neurochemical basis. Sexual abuse and excessive fantasizing can be associated factors.  These are more common among males.


Treatment options are

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Self Help Group
  • Homeopathy
  • Conventional Medication

There are more than 500 types. Common one’s are

Exhibitionism or Flashing
Exhibitionism is characterized by sexual pleasure from exposure of the individual’s genitals to an unsuspecting stranger. The ‘shock’ is said to give the thrill. The person may masturbate while exposing but actual sexual contact with the victim is rare.

People with fetishes have sexual urges associated with non living objects. The object could be clothing such as underwear or shoes.


It involves becoming sexually aroused by a body part, such as the feet, breasts, or buttocks.

In this the sexual urges is related to touching or rubbing genitals against the body of a non consenting usually unfamiliar person. Commonly seen in crowded places like buses.

Pedophilia involve illegal sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger).

Sexual Masochism
Sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors involving the act of being humiliated, beaten or to suffer to achieve sexual excitement and climax.

Sexual Sadism
Sexual excitement from inflicting psychological or physical suffering on a sexual partner.

A practice by heterosexual males of dressing in female clothes to get sexual arousal.

Sexual arousal by observing an unsuspecting, non consenting person who is undressing or engaged in sexual activity. This may be with or without masturbation.

Bondage or Vincilagnia

Sexual pleasure from being bound or restricted by a partner such as spanking or whipping.


Combination of Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission and Sadomasochism.

Zoophilia or Bestiality

Sexualcontact between humans and animals.

Sexually aroused by dead bodies


Sexually aroused by fecal matter


Sexually aroused by urine

The list is getting longer:

Paraphilia Focus of erotic interest
Abasiophilia People with impaired mobility
Acrotomophilia People with amputations
Agalmatophilia Statues, mannequins and immobility
Algolagnia Pain, particularly involving an erogenous zone
Andromimetophilia Trans men
Anililagnia Attraction by young men to older women
Apotemnophilia Being an amputee
Asphyxiophilia Being asphyxiated or stranguled
Attraction to disability People with one or more physical disabilities
Autagonistophilia Being on stage or on camera
Autassassinophilia Being in life-threatening situations
Autoandrophilia A biological female imagining herself as a male
Autoerotic asphyxiation Self-induced asphyxiation, sometimes to the point of near unconsciousness
Autogynephilia A biological man imagining himself as a female
Autonepiophilia The image of one’s self in the form of an infant
Autopedophilia The image of one’s self in the form of a child.
Autoplushophilia The image of one’s self in the form of a plush or anthropomorphized animal
Autovampirism The image of one’s self in the form of a vampire
Autozoophilia The image of one’s self in the form of an animal or anthropomorphized animal
Biastophilia Rape of an unconsenting person; see also consensual rape fantasy
Chremastistophilia Being robbed or held up
Chronophilia Partners of a widely differing chronological age
Coprophilia Feces; also known as scat, scatophilia or fecophilia
Dacryphilia Tears or crying
Diaper fetishism Diapers; considerable overlap with paraphilic infantilism
Dendrophilia Trees
Emetophilia Vomit
Erotic asphyxiation Asphyxia of oneself or others
Erotophonophilia Murder
Exhibitionism Exposing one’s genitals to unsuspecting and nonconsenting others
Feederism Erotic eating, feeding, and weight gain
Foot fetishism Attraction to feet
Formicophilia Being crawled on by insects
Forniphilia Turning a human being into a piece of furniture
Frotteurism Rubbing against a non-consenting person
Gerontophilia Elderly people
Gynandromorphophilia Transsexual or transgender women
Gynemimetophilia Transsexual or transgender women
Heterophilia Attraction to, fetishization, or sexualized idealization of heterosexuality and/or people who are “straight-acting,” especially by non-heterosexual people
Homeovestism Wearing clothing emblematic of one’s own sex
Hybristophilia Criminals, particularly for cruel or outrageous crimes
Infantophilia Pedophilia with a focus on children five years old or younger, a recently suggested term that is not in general use
Kleptophilia Stealing; also known as kleptolagnia
Klismaphilia Enemas, either giving or having
Lactophilia Breast milk
Liquidophilia Immersing genitals in liquids
Macrophilia Fascination with or a sexual fantasy involving giants.
Maschalagnia Attraction to the armpits
Masochism Suffering; being beaten, bound or otherwise humiliated
Mechanophilia Cars or other machines; also “mechaphilia.”
Menophilia Menstruation
Morphophilia Particular body shapes or sizes
Mucophilia Mucus
Mysophilia Dirtiness, soiled or decaying things
Narratophilia Obscene words
Nasophilia Noses
Navel fetishism Sexual attraction to navels – either their own or someone else’s.
Necrophilia Corpses
Objectophilia pronounced emotional desire towards specific inanimate objects
Oculolinctus Licking the eyeballs
Oculophilia A fetish of Being aroused by eyes and activities directly relating to and/or involving the eyes.
Olfactophilia Smells
Paraphilic infantilism Sexual arousal based on dressing or being treated like a baby, also known as autonepiophilia or “adult baby syndrome”
Partialism Specific, non-genital body parts
Pedophilia Prepubescent children, also spelled paedophilia; often confused with hebephilia, ephebophilia, and pederasty
Peodeiktophilia Exposing one’s penis
Pedovestism Dressing like a child
Pictophilia Pornography or erotic art, particularly pictures
Piquerism Sexual gratification through penetration of another person, most commonly by stabbing or cutting the body with sharp objects
Plushophilia Sexual attraction to stuffed toy animals (Plushies)
Pygophilia Buttocks
Pyrophilia Fire
Raptophilia Committing rape, possibly consensual rape fantasy
Sadism Inflicting pain on others
Salirophilia Soiling or dirtying others
Sexual fetishism Nonliving objects
Somnophilia Sleeping or unconscious people
Sthenolagnia Muscles and displays of strength
Stigmatophilia Body piercings and tattoos
Symphorophilia Witnessing or staging disasters such as car accidents
Telephone scatologia Obscene phone calls, particularly to strangers; also known as telephonicophilia
Teratophilia Deformed or monstrous people
Toucherism Touching an unsuspecting, non-consenting person with the hand
Transvestic fetishism Wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex; also known as transvestism
Transvestophilia A transvestite sexual partner
Trichophilia Hair
Troilism Cuckoldism, watching one’s partner have sex with someone else, possibly without the third party’s knowledge; also known as triolism
Urolagnia Urination, particularly in public, on others, and/or being urinated on. Also referred to as “water sports”
Vampirism Attraction to or involving blood
Vorarephilia The idea of eating or being eaten by others; sometimes swallowed whole, in one piece
Voyeurism Watching others while naked or having sex, generally without their knowledge; also known as scopophilia or scoptophilia
Zoophilia Animals
Zoosadism Inflicting pain on or seeing animals in pain