Sexual disorders are divided into two categories; paraphilias and gender identity disorders (GIDs). Most paraphilias occur more frequently in males when compared to females, but GIDs are more evenly distributed. “The term paraphilia denotes any powerful and persistent sexual interest other than sexual interest in copulatory or precopulatory behavior with phenol-typically normal, consenting human partners.” (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 527)
I was wholly unaware that hebephilia (the preference for pubescent age partners) was different from pedophilia (sexual interest in prepubescent children). Even though pedophilia is more widely discussed, hebephilia may be the greater of the two in terms of being a problem. Typical behaviors of pedophiles (and hebephiles) consist of touching breasts, buttocks, or genitalia of the child… or, by inducing the child to touch or fellate the offender. (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 528) Makes me sick just writing about it, that’s the honest truth.
Fetishism comes in many different forms. Fetishism in general denotes sexual interest focused on classes of objects or features of objects other than the external reproductive organs of people, applying specifically to instances where objects are the central feature rather than a supporting element in sexual activity. Stuff fetishism refers to the erotic interest in specific materials such as rubber, leather, or fur. Clothing fetishism is stuff fetishism, but more centrally focused on clothing (generally emblematic of gender). I found the following statement to be revealing… “If I buy the kind of shoes I prefer and ask a woman I know to wear them for me, it doesn’t have the same appeal as if they were her own shoes. I guess this is because they don’t seem to be as much a part of her.” (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 529)
The concept of autoeroticism is fascinating… suggesting that that the fantasies of people whom suffer from erotic identity disorder pertain less to any sexual partners and more to their transformed images of themselves. (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 531) This transformed self image may be of the opposite gender, of a different age (specifically children, as in infantilism), or even of being an amputee apotemnophilia). It has been suggested that these conditions are in fact “erotic target location errors,” and that they may in fact represent autoerotic forms of other conditions (infantilism as an autoerotic form of pedophilia, for example).
Sadism refers to the erotic interest in inflicting fear, humiliation, and/or suffering. It is the pain the carries the erotic value, differentiating them from people whom suffer from biastophilia. There also exist individuals who seek to inflict pain or humiliation, but only on willing partners… this has been called the “hyperdominance pattern” of sexual behavior. (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 532)
I was particularly interested in telephone scatalogia, mostly because we periodically get a call like that. This condition refers to the erotic interest in using a telephone to expose unsuspecting persons to vulgar or sexual language, or, to elicit it from them. (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 534) Our caller is the “shock caller” variety. Ole’ boy will call up out of the blue and say some of the nuttiest stuff I have ever heard… and then just hang up. Then he’ll lay low for 6-8 months, rinse and repeat. It’s almost entertaining to be honest.
“Gender identity disorders are a heterogeneous class of syndromes characterized, in adults, by the persistent idea that one is, or should have been, a member of the opposite sex and, in children, by pervasive patterns of behavior consistent with such a belief.” (Blaney & Millon, 2009, p. 540) I’m not sure that the latter is confined to children, and for that reason, I am not sure that’s the best working definition I have ever heard. GIDs come in homosexual and non-homosexual varieties, and are marked by the individual believing that “on the inside, they really are member of the opposite sex.” As a result, oftentimes, these individuals will not identify themselves as gay or homosexual… instead referring to themselves as transgender.
Blaney, P. H., & Millon, T. (2009). Oxford textbook of psychopathology (2nd ed.). New York, New York: Oxford University Press.