Should Society Regard Paraphilias as Sexually Deviant Behavior?

Resources used to support "yes"

Paraphilias, as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA), are "recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies involving either non-humans, or the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's parner, and even children or c onsenting adults." This type of behavior is considered deviant; it has a negative effect on family, friends, and other loved ones. The seriousness of this disorder has not recieved the attention or funding for research that is necessary for real understanding. Some paraphilias may be harmless (talking "dirty"-narratophilia, sexy pictures-pictohilia, etc.), however, some can involve extreme behaviors that are life threatening (feeling of strangulation or suffication to inhance orgasm-asphyxiophilia).



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