Kinky Sex Is on the Rise, Therapists Say

Sexual Fetishes, Sadomasochism, Bondage, Swinging, Even Bestiality: Is it the Internet?

SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES, ABC News: Eroticism is in the eye of the beholder. In Japan, some women turn to electrically charged squid for sexual satisfaction. In the American world of masochism, one man begged to be tied on a spit and roasted over sizzling coals. His counterpart, a latex-loving dominatrix, reached ecstasy merely watching his pain.

What is abnormal may not necessarily be unnatural, according to sexologists who study the outer limits of the human psyche.

And, increasingly, as seen in a plethora of new books and films — not to mention thousands of sites on the Internet — kinky sex is getting more attention. “To badly paraphrase Alfred Kinsey, [who pioneered sex research in the 1940s and 50s, filming couples in flagrante in his Indiana attic], ‘the only unnatural sex act is the one you can’t perform,'” said Robert Dunlap, a California sex therapist and filmmaker.

Paraphilias — or socially unacceptable sexual practices — are more common than most ordinary “vanilla” teleiophiles [those who desire adults] would imagine, according to Dr. Judy Kariansky, a sex therapist from Columbia University.

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