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Paraphilia is the medical term for perversions. [May 2006]

Etymology: para- - philia-

List of paraphilia: algolagnia - BDSM - coprophilia - cuckold - exhibitionism - sexual fetishism - masochism - necrophilia - pedophilia - sadism - sadomasochism - sexual objectification - shoe fetishism - voyeurism - zoophilia

Theorists and theory: Sigmund Freud - Krafft-Ebing - Wilhelm Stekel - John Money - psychopathology - sexology

Related: abnormal - desire - deviant behaviour - DSM manual - kinky - perversion - queer - sex - sex crimes - sex fantasy

An example of shoe fetishism in Joseph Strick's film The Balcony (1963)

"The most common and the most significant of all the perversions -- the desire to inflict pain upon the sexual object, and its reverse -- received from Krafft-Ebbing the names of "Sadism" and "Masochism" for its active and passive forms respectively." --Sigmund Freud, "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality," 1905


  • A paraphilia (from the Greek, "beyond love")
  • The medical term for perversion.

    History of the term

    The term was coined by Viennese psychotherapist Wilhelm Stekel (in his book Sexual Aberrations) in 1925, from the Greek para- (beside) + philos (loving), and first used in English in Stekel's translated works. It was not in widespread use until the 1950s, and was first used in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) in 1980. It was used by Sigmund Freud, as well as by the sexologist John Money. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilia [Sept 2004]

    Definition (2)

    Paraphilias are sexual desires or activities that lie outside the cultural norm, and under some conditions are considered mental disorders. The term was defined in its current use by the sexologist John Money.

    Paraphilias are sometimes called sexual perversions or sexual deviations. What consitutes "perversion" or "deviation" varies from society to society. Some paraphilias have been (and are) crimes in some jurisdictions. Others are viewed as harmless eccentricities by many people.

    Some paraphilias are defined as potential mental disorders in the DSM-IV. Professional treatment is usually indicated only when such conditions lead to involvement of non-consenting sexual partners, or are clearly damaging to the physical or mental well-being of the paraphiliac.

    Although homosexuality was once considered to be a paraphilia, it is not usually regarded as such any longer. Similarly, consensual sadomasochism, exhibitionism, voyeurism and non-psychotic forms of fetishism, urolagnia and even coprophilia are increasingly becoming culturally acceptable forms of sexuality.

    Observation of paraphiliac behavior has provided valuable scientific information on the mechanisms of sexual attraction and desire, such as behavioral imprinting.

    Non-consensual and criminal paraphilias:

  • exhibitionism: sexual arousal through displaying genitals in public
  • lust murder: sexual arousal through committing murder
  • necrozoophilia: sexual attraction to the corpses or killings of animals, or necrobestiality
  • necrophilia: sexual attraction to corpses
  • pedophilia: sexual attraction to pre-pubescents
  • frotteurism: sexual arousal through rubbing one's self against a non-consenting stranger in public
  • telephone scatologia: being sexually aroused by making obscene telephone calls
  • zoophilia: sexual attraction to animals, or bestiality

    Other paraphilias include:

  • algolagnia: sexual pleasure from pain
  • coprophilia, coprophagia: sexual attraction to feces
  • emetophilia: sexual attraction to vomit
  • fetishism: sexual attraction to a physical object, with common examples being
    • leather fetishism
    • spandex fetishism
    • fur fetishism
    • rubber fetishism
    • shoe fetishism
  • hybristophilia: sexual arousal by people who have committed crimes, in particular cruel or outrageous crimes
  • klismaphilia: sexual pleasure from enemas
  • pictophilia: inability to become sexually aroused except through the use of pictorial pornography
  • plushophilia: sexual attraction to stuffed toys
  • sadomasochism: taking sexual pleasure in inflicting pain, or having pain inflicted upon one's self. (See also "bondage and discipline" and algolagnia)
  • urolagnia: sexual attraction to urine
  • voyeurism: sexual arousal through watching others having sex --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilia

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