Stigmatised Sexual Behaviours

  • Rusi JaspalEmail author


This chapter focuses on stigmatised sexual behaviours in gay men. First, the psychiatric model of paraphilia is discussed and the stigma embedded within this category is acknowledged. Second, the chapter presents an overview of sexual compulsivity given the diversity and frequency of sexual behaviour observed in gay men. Third, emerging types of stigmatised sexual behaviour are outlined and discussed with a focus on their social and psychological underpinnings. There is a focus on under-explored sexual behaviours, such as ‘pup-play’, ‘cum play’, ‘chemsex’ and bugchasing. In the final section of the chapter, it is argued that personality, identity and culture, rather than psychopathology, are important explanatory factors in the adoption and maintenance of stigmatised sexual behaviours in gay men.


Paraphilia Sexual compulsivity Chemsex Pup-play Cum play 


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  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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