The 7 most frequent paraphilias

Paraphilias are more common than you might imagine, so much so that many in your circle may have one or more. We leave you with the most popular among men and women.

Last update: January 07, 2022

The term paraphilia it is one of the most complex and ambiguous related to sex. In general, it describes those sexual behaviors that are far from the conventional, from the normative. Cultural, religious, moral and ethical aspects influence to consider something as normal or abnormal, so that in this lies the controversy. Even so, we prepared a list with the most frequent paraphilias in the world.

A distinction should be made between paraphilia and paraphilic sexual disorders. The distinction is made by experts based on in the damage, anguish and functional impairment they cause through. In short, having a paraphilia does not always imply a mental disorder, it depends on its nature and with what intensity it manifests. For example, until about 40 years ago homosexuality was considered a paraphilia.

7 most frequent paraphilias

Paraphilic disorders are included in the DSM-V and are classified by researchers into a total of eight types: pedophilia, exhibitionism, sexual voyeurism, sadism, masochism, fetishism, cross-dressing fetishism, and rubbing. These become disorders to the extent that they control the life of the person to such an extent that it prevents them from living in society, they are unable to control their impulses and their well-being deteriorates.

The evidence has managed to report more than 100 paraphilias, although in practice a handful of them predominate in people’s sexual behavior. They are more common than we think, since according to experts up to half of the population may present paraphilic interest.

It is also important to note that researchers agree that men engage in these behaviors more often than women. With all this as a preamble, and remembering the distinction regarding paraphilic disorders, we leave you with the 7 most frequent paraphilias.

1. Froteurism

It consists of the sexual pleasure generated by rubbing the genitals in a person who does not consent to the action. It can also develop from touching or rubbing the genitals of others with your hand or another part of the body. It is a practice that they often choose to do in crowded places, such as the subway, a concert and so on.

According to the experts, its prevalence ranges between 9% and 35% of the population, mainly in men between 15 and 25 years of age. It is not a frequent paraphilia in women, in fact they are usually the main victims. This behavior is interpreted as sexual abuse in most societies and is punishable in almost all of them.

2. Voyeurism

People who practice voyeurism tend to be very discreet and make use of public spaces to satisfy their sexual desires.

Voyeurism is another of the most frequent paraphilias, one that consists of observing a person naked or having sexual intercourse without the consent of the observer. Voyeurs can use cameras, mirrors, gaps and so on to be able to witness the nude or sexual act without the person or persons noticing.

For some, voyeurism also includes acts in which a partner is observed having consensual sex (in the bedroom, for example). In many countries voyeurism without prior consent carries sexual offense penalties.

3. Exhibitionism

It describes those people who take pleasure in exposing their genitals to unsuspecting people or a strong desire to be observed while having sex. Exhibitionists have no desire to have intercourse in front of the people they show themselves, so their pleasure is found in the act of showing themselves. They often do it in front of women and children.

4. Sexual masochism

It is a fantasy in which the subject acquires pleasure by being humiliated, tied, beaten or any similar type of humiliation.

As experts agree, masochism is almost never pathological, and most people have experienced it at one time or another. Rough sex is a variant of masochism, one in which it is estimated that up to 80% of couples have ever practiced.

5. Sexual sadism

It is the other side of the coin of the previous paraphilia. This time he focuses on the subject who finds pleasure in causing pain, humiliation or humiliation towards his partner. This can be both physical and emotional, and is not always related to a pathological disorder. Often included within BDSM practices: Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission Y Sadis & Masochism.

6. Fetishism

Today hand and foot fetishes during sexual intercourse are relatively well known and accepted.

Fetishism is the use of an inanimate object (known as fetish) to provoke sexual pleasure. Holding, touching, seeing or using certain objects awakens in fetishists a feeling of immense pleasure. In a broader concept it also includes pleasure for a specific part of a person (feet, hands) or for a state (such as when unconscious, known as somnophilia).

7. Crossdresser fetishism

Although it belongs to the previous group, the popularity of transvestite fetishism demands a section in our list of the most common paraphilias. Describes the habit of dressing in women’s or men’s clothing to achieve maximum sexual pleasure. Some may wear one or two distinctive garments (underwear), while others prefer to take on the whole character (hairstyle, makeup, and so on).

Summarizing the most common paraphilias in a selection of 7 candidates falls a bit short. This is why we complete our list with the following:

  • Urophilia: sexual pleasure from watching someone urinate or be urinated.
  • Asphyxiophilia: sexual pleasure from restricting breathing.
  • Partialism: sexual pleasure from a specific part of the body other than the genitals (such as podophilia, for example).
  • Acomoclitism: sexual pleasure from shaved genitalia.
  • Altocalcifilia: sexual pleasure from high heels, often red ones.
  • Odaxelagnia: sexual pleasure from biting or being bitten during sex.
  • Agalmatophilia: sexual pleasure for dolls, mannequins and any similar object.

There is no consensus on what is considered normal and abnormal during sex. In general, as long as the habits do not compromise life in society, its integrity, its health or that of the people with whom it is practiced, it is not considered a disorder or pathological behavior. The line is very thin and each person should be attentive to her to seek help if she requires it.

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