When It Comes To Sexual Fantasies, What’s ‘Normal’?
Putting aside highly-publicized recent attempts to masquerade abuse as sexual preference by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, we’re actually pretty confused, as a society, about kink.
Fantasies of submission and domination are usually considered outside of the norm of cultural acceptability, but a recent study suggests that they’re far more common than we might think. This may not come as too much of a surprise in a culture of 50 Shades of Grey. Yet a scientific understanding of the difference between normal sexual fantasy and sexual deviance could have important implications for our acceptance of sexual differences and medical treatment of sexual pathology.
Part of the problem lies in definition: There has yet to be any real scientific agreement on what types of erotic desires are considered typical or atypical. Instead, most discussions of “deviancy” rely on a cultural or moral judgment. But new research from two institutions affiliated with University of Montreal sought to scientifically define sexual deviancy for the first time ever.
“Our main objective was to specify norms in sexual fantasies, an essential step in defining pathologies,” Christian Joyal, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “And as we suspected, there are a lot —> Read More Here