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Unformatted text preview: Atypical Sexuality:
is it considered normal?? April 2009 Examples of Atypical Sexual Behavior
Exhibitionism, referring to a male exposing himself in public. About 30% of male sex offenders who are arrested are exhibitionists. They tend to persist in their behavior. About 20 to 50% are re-arrested. Voyeurism, which is obtaining sexual pleasure from looking at the exposed bodies or sexual activities of strangers. Fetishism is when a person gets aroused by focusing on inanimate objects or a part of the human body. Other types of paraphila include: Zoophilia, necrophilia, klismaphilia, coprophilia, and urophilia. These acts can range from mild and infrequent to severe and on a regular basis. What is Considered Normal?
"Normal" can be defined as conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern. It also can be viewed as something that can be natural or moral. Yes/No
Atypical sexual behavior is not normal, its viewed as an illness or disease that can be cured with help. Some degree of variety in sexual activity is very common in healthy adult sexual relationships and fantasies. These sexual behaviors, taken to the extreme are now paraphilias. The sexual partners of the people with paraphilia might feel distant and used or as if they are unimportant or unnecessary in the sexual relationship. Yes/No (contd.)
Feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, worthlessness are temporary relieved through a sexual high More males have been reported to be sexual offenders than females. Emotional distress can come from the public's reactions or from guilt about doing something socially unacceptable. Some of which may also have a personality disorders, such as an antisocial personality. Last of all many paraphilias are against the law. Treatment for Paraphilias
In today's society, there are many types of treatment that are offered. Some are psychotherapy, behavior therapy, prescription medication, and social skills training. Current clinical practice in the United States favors the prescription of nonhormonal treatments, even though there is more support of hormonal treatments. Conclusion
These varieties of sexual activities are very uncommon in the general public, most of which are illegal. Historically, it would be difficult for someone with these behaviors to be socially accepted. Also, most religions view this type of behavior as a negative and sinful. Paraphilias are of a criminal nature and therefore should be known as abnormal. Sexual offenders are paraphiliacs that often went way beyond their fantasies and the law by hurting a real life victim. By this we can now say that atypical sexual behavior is not normal or socially acceptable. ...
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- Spring '08