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PSYC 350
Jason Winters

Psyc 350 Chapter 13 Text Most fetishisms are related to the body - Fetishism: sexual arousal by inanimate objects, materials, or parts of the body - Far more men than women have fetishistic interests - Partialism: a fetishistic attraction to specific parts of the body o i.e., feet - Media fetishism: sexual attraction to materials such as rubber or silk - Acrotomophilia: a fetishistic interest in amputees or amputation stumps - Apotemnophilia: a fetishistic interest in having an amputation - Object fetishism: sexual arousal by inanimate objects o i.e., fetish with cars, roller coasters - women are unusually well represented among people with object fetishism - Being a fetishist does not mean you have mental disorder - The internet has facilitated communication among fetishists, thus bolstering self-acceptance and satisfaction and reducing likelihood that fetishists will feel the need to seek help Box 13.1 - Talks about rubber fetish and how 90% of those who have it are male - Rubber fetish also related to bondage side of BDSM Cross-dress - Cross dressing: wearing the clothing of the other sex, for any of a variety of reasons - Practical reasons o woman may dress in male attire because they are a lot of appropriate for a lot of activities - Drag: wearing of feminine clothing by a man for entertainment purposes o A.k.a. drag artists - For transsexuals, wearing the clothes of the other sex may be expression of their identity - Transvestism: wearing clothes of the other sex for purposes of sexual arousal (i.e., husband wearing wife’s clothes and find its arousing) - Autogynephilia: a form of male-to-female transexuality characterized by a man’s sexual arousal at the thought of being or becoming a woman Some men are aroused by transgender - Gynandromorphophilia: a specific sexual attraction to male-to-female transgender or transsexuals Sadomasochism - Sadism: sexual arousal by the infliction of pain, bondage, or humiliation on others, or by witnessing the recipient’s suffering - Masochism: sexual arousal from being subjected to pain, bondage, or humiliation - Sadomasochism (S/M): the infliction and acceptance of pain or humiliation as a means of sexual arousal - Bondage: the use of physical restraint for purposes of sexual arousal - Dominance: the use of humiliation or subservience for purposes of sexual arousal - BDSM: an inclusive term of sadomasochism and bondage + dominance - Sadist are referred to “tops” or “doms” while masochists are referred to us “bottoms” or “subs” - There is a flourishing gay male BDSM sub-culture - Dominatrix: a woman who acts the role of the dominating partner in a BDSM setting - There is a lot of consent within BDSM o The participants often have prearranged “safe words” or nonverbal signals that cue the top to desist o Consent and communication is especially important to male-male BDSM because the sex in general is more risky - BDSM scenes that challenge the bottom’s tolerance or that approach the boundaries of safety or consent are known as “edge play” Adult babies re-enact infancy - Adult baby: an adult who obtains sexual satisfaction from acting as a baby or toddler o Not interested in sexual contacts with actual babies, just like to role play as a baby - Adult baby may wear diapers or toddler clothing, or act in a baby-like fashion Paraphilia - Paraphilia: an unusual form of sexual arousal or behavior that is considered to be a psychological problem - DSM criteria o Recurrent/long term in nature o Cause significant distress to the person who experience them o Must harm other people - Sexual sadism disorder: sexual arousal by the suffering of others, viewed as paraphilia o Over a period of at least 6 months, person experiences recurrent and intense sexual arousal from physical or psychological suffering of another person o The person has clinically significant distress in areas of functioning - Role of the therapist: care for the patient and protect the general public - 8 categories of paraphilia o Sexual masochism disorder, sexual sadism disorder, transvestic disorder, exhibitionistic disorder, voyeuristic disorder, frotteuristic disorder, pedohebephilic disorder, paraphilic disorders not otherwise specified - Generalizations about paraphilia o Often exaggeration of common
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