Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 483–485 | Cite as

Yet Another Paraphilia Definition Fails

  • Charles MoserEmail author
Letter to the Editor

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).1 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 current analysis will critique three components of Blanchard’s proposed definition (sexual interest in copulatory or precopulatory behavior,...


Sexual Interest Pedophilia Fetishism Paraphilic Disorder Sexual Sadism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sexual MedicineInstitute for Advanced Study of Human SexualitySan FranciscoUSA

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