Sexual deviation: Masochism, sadism and bestiality

In this article we throw some light into three sexual deviations or paraphilias, namely sexual masochism, sadism and bestiality.

Sexual deviance: Masochism, sadism and bestialityIn our article – An introduction to sexual deviance, we highlighted some abnormal sexual expressions. Today we talk about a few more – masochism, sadism and bestiality.

Sexual masochism

It is also referred to as masochism and describes an urge or behaviour in which the individual needs to be bound, beaten or tortured in order to achieve or enhance sexual excitement. Such a person is called a masochist and this type of behaviour is called masochistic behaviour. Types of activities include spanking, bondage and simulated rape. The masochist may inflict torture on himself or have sex with a sadist who will gladly inflict torture on him. This is called sado-masochism as both masochism and sadism are seen in both the partners. This is common between consenting adults but in a fantasy or game, actual torture is not inflicted on the partner. A masochistic condition called autoerotic partial asphyxia involves stopping the breathing for a short time at the point of orgasm to increase the orgasmic pleasure. A rope, noose or plastic bag is used to prevent breathing but it may accidently cause death if taken too far.

This kind of behaviour must occur repeatedly over a span of six months for it to be diagnosed as masochism and the sexual encounter may be real or in the head while the person is being tortured or humiliated in some way or the other.

Sadism

This is the opposite of masochism and the individual likes to inflict torture, physical or psychological during sex in order to achieve sexual gratification. The sadistic acts involve flogging with a belt or whip, burning cigarette butts over the partner’s body or using chains or knives to inflict pain. The person is referred to as a sadist and this type of behaviour is called sadistic behaviour. Sadism must not be mistaken for ‘rough sex’ or a little aggression during sex. Extreme forms of sadism include rape, torture and murder. The objective of a sadist is to inflict terror and humiliation on the sexual partner and derive pleasure from it.

Bestiality

It is the term used for sexual relations between a human being and a lower animal. Zoophilia is the term given to sexual attraction towards animals. Bestiality is legal in many parts of the United States, Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand and Sweden. Bestiality is seen more often in people whose occupation involves animals such as animal trainers and farmers; as the latter milk cows and feed pigs among other activities.

Common animals with whom humans have sex with are dogs, rabbits, horses and even cows. It is possible to contract animal borne viruses and infections common to only animals by performing bestiality. Another take on the matter is that animals cannot give their informed consent so it is akin to forcing the animal into something unnatural.

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Written by Dr Nisreen Nakhoda, General Physician

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About Dr Nisreen Nakhoda

Dr. Nisreen Nakhoda is a general physician with a special interest in Preventive Healthcare and Wellness. She has also been practicing as a corporate trainer for the last 8 years.
 
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  • fredjeev

    This category is what they call BDSM, BD=Bondage and Discipline and DS= Dominance and Submission, SM=Sadism and Masochism… escapism for many, enjoyed by many and strange to many as well… This is supposed to be a sub culture existing in the mainstream at every point of time.