Science has come through for us again! Recently a group of researchers in Quebec dusted off a copy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (otherwise known as the DSM ) and surveyed people about what kinds of sexual practices they enjoyed that were listed in the DSM Why would any be listed in the DSM? To help diagnose crazy perverts, basically. If you liked any of this kind of sex, it reflected on your true nature as a sex crime just waiting to happen.
Researchers asked over 1000 adults which of 8 sexual practices, identified in the manual as “abnormal” they enjoyed. The practices were;
- Fetishizing objects
- Wearing clothes from the opposite sex
- Spying on strangers
- Showing off your genitals for strangers
- Rubbing against a strangers
The list got really dark at the end there, huh?
In total, nearly half the respondents express interest in at least one thing from the list. One third said they had experienced one thing on the list at least once. And participants fantasized about 4 things on the list often enough to consider them no longer abnormal
What qualifies as a popular kink? A little over a third of people were into spying on strangers while 26% were down with both festishism and rubbing against strangers. Remember that next time you’re in a group of 4 people in the subway and you feel something press against you. If you’re not the perv, statistically one of those other three is.
What’s the point of all of this? That what we rely on to define what is “normal” sex and what is “abnormal” sex is a bit outdated and insulting to people and maybe we need to stop being so judgmental. Although really, rubbing one out on a stranger on a train is always going to be a bad idea, and so is pedophilia, so let’s all try to restrain ourselves to the stuff that doesn’t violate others.