, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 483-485
Date: 06 Jan 2011

Yet Another Paraphilia Definition Fails

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Historically, it has been difficult to define paraphilias in a consistent manner or distinguish paraphilias from non-paraphilic or normophilic sexual interests (see Blanchard, 2009a; Moser & Kleinplatz, 2005). As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Blanchard (2010a), the chair of the DSM-5 Paraphilias subworkgroup (PSWG), has proposed a new paraphilia definition: “A paraphilia is any powerful and persistent sexual interest other than sexual interest in copulatory or precopulatory behavior with phenotypically normal, consenting adult human partners” (p. 367).

Another version of this definition exists (Blanchard, 2009a, 2009b), but I do not believe the changes substantially alter any of my comments.

Blanchard (2009a) acknowledges that his paraphilia “definition is not watertight” and it already has attracted serious criticism (see Haeberle, 2010; Hinderliter, 2010; Singy, 2010). The curre ...