Paraphilia, or sexual deviation, is ‘the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, or individuals’ (DSM-IV).
The word originates from the Greek para- “beside, aside”, philos “loving”.
John Money popularised the word as a non-derogative term for ‘unusual sexual interests’. Although it is often still used in a derogative way, and to refer to psychiatric disorder or sexual practices that are socially unacceptable or prohibited.
The distinction between typical and atypical sexual interests is a really tricky one. It’s important to remember that homosexuality once topped the list of deviant sexuality, but is now regarded as a typical sexual orientation. Therefore what is considered ‘perverted’ or evidence of psychopathy is largely dependent on societal norms and subject to change.
As a result there is great controversy surrounding the classification of some paraphilias as mental illnesses, with many arguing that the diagnoses should be completely eliminated from diagnostic manuals.
The taxonomy and total number of existing paraphilias is also under debate. It is thought that there may be as many as 549 types of paraphilia. And I intend to cover each one. Keep checking the Pro Boner Paraphilia list to learn more.