Should Society Regard Paraphilias as Sexually Deviant Behavior?

Resources used to support "no"

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 partner, and even children or consenting adults." But, this behavior must cause "clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning." Sexual practices between consenting adults should not be considered deviant if they do not cause distress. Individuals should have the freedom to expore their sexuality without judgement. What goes on in the privacy of one's home is just that, private.



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