Adult Babies

Adult babies, also known as paraphilic infantilism, are one set of members in a larger group called the adult baby diaper lover (ABDL) community. The practice of adult baby play is unique for each individual, but commonly involves the practice of, or desire to regress into an infantile or childlike state and can include the…

Paraphilia

The term paraphilia is approximately 100 years old, but its meaning and definition vary.¹ The word itself can be broken down into two parts; the first part of the word ‘para-’ means beyond, abnormal, or irregular and the second part ‘-philia’ means love. The term itself acts as a clinical and scientific umbrella term that…

Necrophilia

Necrophilia describes a paraphilia in which an individual is aroused or attracted to fantasies of or potentially direct sexual contact with the dead. Contact between the necrophile and the corpse can take the form of penile-vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex, or masturbation in the presence of a corpse, but can also solely manifest as fantasy. Experts and lawmakers consider the explicit practice of necrophilia as…

Cross-dressing

Fetishistic Transvestism Transvestism, most commonly referred to as “cross-dressing,” refers to the act of experiencing sexual arousal from wearing clothes typically associated with the opposite gender. For example, a man may become sexually aroused by wearing a bra and skirt while a woman may become aroused by wearing a jockstrap. Cross-dressing is typically a brief, private…

BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, Masochism)

The acronym BDSM includes various sexual practices that fall under the category of bondage and discipline (B-D), dominance and submission (D-S), and sadism and masochism (S-M).1 The practice of BDSM has recently gained more exposure than ever before, but its origins can be traced back to ancient civilizations.2 Today, BDSM is considered a kink, with a fairly large…

Furry Fandom

Furry: a word that can spark so many different emotions when it is uttered; responses that range from positive acceptance and curiosity to disgust. The Furry community itself is just as diverse as the reactions directed towards it. This controversial subculture is one example of people’s desire to establish their sexual identity, in whatever form…

Fetishism

Fetishism is a type of sexual pleasure in which an inanimate object or body part elicits sexual arousal.  Fetishism is a type of paraphilia.  A paraphilia is a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires.4  The fetish may cause a specific erotic focus on the object of interest.  This erotic focus may begin to play an important…