According to doctors, people who engage in kinky sex are just plain nuts. Find out why --- and what's being done about it.
People who engage in adventurous sex are now being labeled with a "mental health illness," according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. Yup, that's right, the official handbook of psychiatry has now added kinky sex to its list of mental disorders.
In other words, if you indulge in role-playing, enjoy the feel of
hot candle wax, or use handcuffs (even the furry kind!) you're
considered someone who has a "mental disorder characterized by a
preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices." The shame!
This isn't the first time the DSM has stirred controversy: Until 1974, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder. And now engaging in "wild" sex which, for some people, that just means "normal," is a sign one has lost their marbles.
•A group called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has launched a petition to get "BDSM" (bondage, role-playing, punishment, discipline, and fetishes, just to name a few) out of the DSM. In fact, they published a paper on the topic here, and invite people to support their endeavor. They are also asking that APA to base its conclusions on science, not on the mainstream idea of what's considered "normal."
Why is this so important? If you meet the criteria for a DSM-approved disorder, it could affect you at the workplace -- and even in child custody agreements.
Tell us -- should the medical establishment define "normal" sex?