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46 Sexual Fetishes You've Never Heard Of

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The following is a list of paraphilias, or sources of sexual arousal, discussed in "Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us" [Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00] by Jesse Bering.

Acrotomophilia
Arousal to amputees

Actirasty
Arousal to the sun’s rays

Agalmatophilia
Arousal to statues

Anasteemaphilia
Arousal to a person of extreme stature, either giant or dwarf

Apotemnophilia
Arousal to oneself as an amputee

Autogynephilia
Arousal to oneself [male only] in the form of a woman

Autoplushophilia
Arousal to oneself dressed as a giant cartoon-like stuffed animal

Chasmophilia
Arousal to caverns, crevices, and valleys

Climacophilia
Arousal to falling down stairs

Coprophilia
Arousal to feces

Ephebophilia
Arousal to older adolescents, approx. 15-19

Exhibitionism
Arousal to displaying one’s sexual organs in public

Fetishism
Arousal to objects that have been in physical contact with desired person

Formicophilia
Arousal to insects

Frotteurism
Arousal to touching a stranger surreptitiously in a crowded place

Gerontophilia
Arousal to the elderly

Hebephilia
Arousal to pubescent aged children, approx. 11-14

Katoptronophilia
Arousal to sex in front of mirrors

Knismolagnia
Arousal to being tickled

Lithophilia
Arousal to stone and gravel

Masochism
Arousal to experiencing physical and psychological pain

Melissaphilia
Arousal to bees and wasps

Nasolingus
Arousal to sucking on a person’s nose

Nebulophilia
Arousal to fog

Necrophilia
Arousal to corpses

Objectophilia
Arousal to a particular object, distinct from fetishism

Partialism
Arousal to a body part other than the reproductive organs, e.g., calves

Pedophilia
Arousal to prepubescent children

Podophilia
Arousal to feet

Psellismophilia
Arousal to stuttering

Psychrophilia
Arousal to being cold and watching others who are cold

Pteronphilia
Arousal to being tickled by feathers

Pubephilia
Arousal to pubic hair

Pygophilia
Arousal to buttocks

Sadism
Arousal to causing physical and psychological pain

Savantophilia
Arousal to the cognitively impaired or developmentally delayed

Stygiophilia
Arousal to the thought of hellfire and damnation

Teleiophilia
Arousal to reproductive-aged adults

Teratophilia
Arousal to the congenitally deformed

Titillagnia
Arousal to tickling other people

Transvestic Fetishism
Arousal to female garments touching the male’s skin

Urophilia
Arousal to urine or urinating others

Vorarephilia
Arousal to eating another person’s body parts

Voyeurism
Arousal to spying on others for sexual gratification

Xylophilia
Arousal to wood

Zoophilia
Arousal to nonhuman animals

From PERV: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering, published in October 2013 by Scientific American/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright © 2013 by Jesse Bering. All rights reserved.

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