Sexual Paraphilia

  • Shah Dupesh Khan
  • Karthik Gunasekaran


Human beings are inherently sexual in nature. An individual’s sexual behaviour can have a profound impact on the person’s sexuality regardless of how this behaviour occurs, be it masturbation in isolation or penetrative intercourse with a partner. Sex per say is not always done with an aim for procreation [1]. The individual’s propensity for sex can be both procreative and non-procreative. The degree of inclination and the extent of engagement in the act though will depend on the individual’s society, his/her culture, upbringing, religious beliefs/taboos, other people’s expectation and opportunities [2]. What constitutes a normal sexual behaviour? There is no straightforward answer. What may be normal in one culture/society may be abnormal in another. The definition of ‘normalcy’ is driven by society and/or cultural values, and the extent of ‘deviance’ is also influenced by the same. Furthermore the ‘degree of deviance’ in some sexual behaviours can be quantified by comparing with already established norms, but this is not possible for all sex-related behaviours and conditions [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shah Dupesh Khan
    • 1
  • Karthik Gunasekaran
    • 1
  1. 1.The Metromale Clinic and Fertility CenterChennaiIndia

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