Depathologizing Consensual Sexual Sadism, Sexual Masochism, Transvestic Fetishism, and Fetishism
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The DSM-V Paraphilias Subworkgroup’s suggested revision to differentiate between paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders appears to be a step forward in depathologizing unusual sexual interests. Paraphilia diagnoses are regularly misused in criminal and civil proceedings as an indication that individuals cannot control their behavior; these individuals turn for assistance to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national advocacy organization that advances the rights of, and advocates for, consenting adults in the BDSM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities.
KeywordsSexual Minority Antisocial Personality Disorder Fetishism Hypersexual Disorder Paraphilic Disorder
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